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Clipex FAQs

1. Will Clipex fit any wire netting?

A: We have a post to suit most hinge jointed 8/80 stock fences in either HT or mild whatever the make (Please check at time of ordering as some makers have slightly different mesh spacing’s). We also have posts designed to suit our X knot stiff stay netting which offer greater returns on investment.

2. Are Clipex permanent?

A: Yes, they have been redesigned to suit the European market adding anti lift plates, make them virtually impossible to remove by hand. Clipex galvanised coating and high tensile steel will provide a life in-excess of 30 years, we consider this to be permanent.

3. What depth in ground is Stakes/Strainers?  Do I have to use StaYfast strainers? 

 A: Clipex stock fence Eco/ Standard inters are designed to be buried 68cm, Beefys 88cm. 

 Clipex cattle/railway are designed to be driven 630mm, Beefys 720mm

 Clipex deer fence Inters/ Beefys 90cm.

 StaYfast strainers have been designed to offer greater longevity; they are designed to be installed at a depth of 1.2m. Some contractors and farmers prefer to use good quality timber strainers and Clipex inters, we are more than happy to quote you on both options.

 4. What post spacing is required?

 A: This is subject to the wire you use, mild hinge joint requires around 2.4metres, High tensile hinge joint at 3.5m centres, X knot stiffstay wire 4.5m to 6m centres, obviously, the latter will save you both time and money in materials and labour, whilst also providing you with a stronger longer lasting fence.

 5. Do I need special tools and machinery?

 A: No, simplicity is part of Clipex attraction, a drive sleeve helps protect the top of the post thereafter it can be driven in manually, pneumatically or Hydraulic post driver. No stapling required. Wire dispenser recommended but not essential. Simple wire straining tools as normal.

 6. Can it be removed/stolen easily?

 A: No, the beefy especially has a larger profile and additional length making it virtually impossible to remove without the aid of machinery. We have designed the product with an anti lift plate, which not only aids in erection when going over undulating ground, it acts as a strong deterrent to any would be thieves. If additional protection is required in high population areas a simple security plate can be added to eliminate any tampering.

 7. Why should I use Clipex over timber?

 A: Because you will get over twice in most time three times the life expectancy you would expect from a good quality timber product. Less ground disturbance, soil displacement by both post and machinery.

 8. Can you put a base line of plain or barbed wire in the bottom clip?

 A: The standards and the Beefys have been designed with 11 clips to allow for one base line of barbed or plain, eight lines of stock fence, two rows of plain, barbed wire or electric line.

 9. What can I fence in/out?

 A: We have a limited range of Clipex posts, however we would have a fence design that could cater for most applications. The most popular design is sheep fencing, cattle fencing, deer fencing, however we have made many bespoke designs to suit a variety of uses.

 10. Can it be used for permanent electric fence or line wire?

 A: Yes, all Clipex posts can be used for line wire fences then by simply converted to electric fencing by adding the unique Clipex snappy insulator or using the Clipex electric post cap. We also manufacture a pasture post which does not have the anti lift plate which makes it suitable for semi permanent electric fencing for sheep, pigs or cattle. 

 11.How do Clipex compare against hot creosoted, kiln dried, redwood timber?

A: On price about 20% more, on longevity 20% more min. Lighter to handle, no casengenic leaching, easier to drive in, easier to clip wire in, no stapling required.

 12. Do all the horizontal wires in netting fasten into the clips?

 A: They do on Eco posts when using hinge jointed 8/80 plus two rows barbed/plain or electric. They do on Standards/Beefys when using X knot stiifstay netting, they will also take five lines of a hinge jointed 8/80, plus one base line and two top lines of barbed, plain or electric.

 Clipex deer posts are designed to match 6 lines of a 13-line wire hinge joint or X knot deer netting and 7 lines of a 17-line wire deer Xknot, also allowing for one top line of barbed, plain or electric.

 13. When should I use a Clipex Beefy?

 A: Beefys have a stronger strength to weight design with 60% greater surface area providing 230% more strength than smaller profile posts, this along with the anti lift plate, thicker gauge steel and longer length make the Beefy an unbeatably strong post.

They can be used alternately with standards to strengthen a fence line; they can be used solely on a fence line, which will certainly give an extremely strong long lasting fence.

Clipex Beefys can be used as an intermediate strainer of 15 degrees or less without the need for extra strut support.

Beefys used in conjunction with a Beefy bracket and strut assembly can create an economical strainer, ideal for fence lines with minimal stock pressure.

 14. Can Clipex be erected in all soil/rock types?

 A: Clipex has been used throughput the UK and Ireland to great effect. We have designed a rock post with rebar footing that is cemented in a predrilled hole for rock fitting. In softer soils we recommend the use of Beefys as they have better holding surface area. The chiselled point on Clipex posts break through most Chalk & Flint, Brash, Sandstone, and Granite without the need of a pilot hole. 

 15. Can you put barbed wire in the same slot as the netting at the same time? Can you put an electric insulator in the same slot with the wire?

 A: No, the slot has been designed to take a two single wires or twin strand barbed, it would be very difficult to slot both in the same slot.

 No, the design of the insulator does not allow for it to be used in an already occupied clip (bolt on offsets can be retro fitted in pre-existing pre-drilled holes)

 16. Does the wire not rub in the slot scratching the galvanised coating?

 A: If the fence is kept taught this should not be an issue, if you have an adjoining fence line that is going to receive a lot of attention it is advisable to use an alu/zinc coated netting such as X fence as this wire has self healing properties should any wire get exposed.

 17. Won’t the post just pop out of the ground especially when the ground dry?

 A: McVeigh Parker have added to the Australian design to suit the European environment, more clips have been added which means more wires get held in place, more importantly an anti lift plate reduces the possibility of the post popping out or being easily removed. It increases the holding of the post especially on undulating ground. 

 18.Can I add electric fence line to a Clipex post?

 A: Yes, all Clipex clips can take the unique Clipex insulator or Clipex electric post cap. They can be used in conjunction with wire netting or solely to form a permanent electric fence line.

 19. Isn’t the barbed wire spacing between the netting and the barbed wire more than 100mm (4”)?

A: It was; however, we have modified new stocks, all posts now have a 75m (3”) gap as requested by farmers and in line with British standards.

20. How do I protect my animals from harming themselves on the post?

A. The simple to install Clipex electric post cap slots over the top of the post, an anti-lift clip prevents it being removed by livestock. It not only offers a smooth non-abrasive surface but also has the facility to add an electric line within its construction.