Deer Fence Hangers

For what should be obvious reasons, we armored Mary’s “kitchen garden” with buried concrete blocks and deer fence. I secured the fence to 7 foot plastic-coated steel-core posts strapped to shorter stakes supporting the lower wire fence, using cable ties we both knew wouldn’t survive exposure to the sun.

As part of the spring garden prep, I summoned proper supports from the vasty digital deep:

Deer Fence Hanger - Build view
Deer Fence Hanger – Build view

The general idea is to plunk one atop each post and tangle wrap the netting through the hooks, thusly:

Deer Fence Hanger - installed
Deer Fence Hanger – installed

The garden looks like we killed an entire chess set and impaled their carcasses as a warning to others of their kind, but the fence now hangs neatly from the top of the posts rather than drooping sadly.

Each one of those things takes nigh onto two hours to emerge from the M2, so I printed them one by one over the course of a few days while making continuous product improvements.

The “natural” PETG isn’t UV stabilized, either, but it ought to last longer than those little bitty nylon cable ties. We shall see.

The OpenSCAD source code as a GitHub Gist:

// Deer Fence Hangers
// Ed Nisley KE4ZNU May 2021
Layout = "Show"; // [Build, Show, Cap, Hook]
// net grid spacing
NetOC = 55.0; // [40.0:5.0:70.0]
// stake OD
PoleDia = 23.0; // [20.0:30.0]
//- Extrusion parameters must match reality!
/* [Hidden] */
ThreadThick = 0.25;
ThreadWidth = 0.40;
HoleWindage = 0.2;
Protrusion = 0.1; // make holes end cleanly
inch = 25.4;
ID = 0;
OD = 1;
LENGTH = 2;
function IntegerMultiple(Size,Unit) = Unit * ceil(Size / Unit);
//----------------------
// Dimensions
Notch = 5.0; // hook engagement
WallThick = 3.0; // min wall and end thickness
Shell = [PoleDia,PoleDia + 2*WallThick,NetOC + 2*Notch];
HookBlock = [10.0,Shell.y/4,2*Notch]; // hanger inside length
LegendBlock = [0.7*Shell.z,Shell.y/2,2*ThreadThick]; // legend size
//----------------------
// Useful routines
module PolyCyl(Dia,Height,ForceSides=0) { // based on nophead's polyholes
Sides = (ForceSides != 0) ? ForceSides : (ceil(Dia) + 2);
FixDia = Dia / cos(180/Sides);
cylinder(r=(FixDia + HoleWindage)/2,
h=Height,
$fn=Sides);
}
//----------------------
// Pieces
module Hook() {
//%Cap();
translate([Shell[OD]/2 - Protrusion,HookBlock.y/2,0])
rotate([90,0,0])
linear_extrude(height=HookBlock.y)
difference() {
scale([1,2])
intersection() {
circle(r=HookBlock.x);
square(HookBlock.x,center=false);
}
square(Notch,center=false);
}
}
module Cap() {
difference() {
rotate(180/6)
PolyCyl(Shell[OD],Shell[LENGTH],6);
translate([0,0,-WallThick])
rotate(180/24)
PolyCyl(Shell[ID],Shell[LENGTH],24);
translate([-Shell[OD]/2,0,Shell[LENGTH]/2])
rotate([0,90,0])
cube(LegendBlock,center=true);
}
translate([-(Shell[OD]/2 - LegendBlock.z/2),0,Shell[LENGTH]/2])
rotate([0,-90,0])
resize(0.8*LegendBlock,auto=[true,true,false])
linear_extrude(height=LegendBlock.z)
text(text=str(NetOC," ",PoleDia),
size=6,spacing=1.00,font="Bitstream Vera Sans:style=Bold",
halign="center",valign="center");
}
module Hanger() {
Cap();
for (k=[0,1])
translate([0,0,k*Shell.z])
for (a=[-1:1])
rotate([k*180,0,a*60])
Hook();
}
//----------------------
// Build it
if (Layout == "Cap")
Cap();
if (Layout == "Hook")
Hook();
if (Layout == "Show")
Hanger();
if (Layout == "Build")
translate([0,0,Shell[LENGTH]])
rotate([180,0,0])
Hanger();

2 thoughts on “Deer Fence Hangers

  1. Way too complicated! I use 10′ long 3/4″ steel rebar for my poles, and drive them 2′ into the ground, leaving 8′ exposed. Then, I use UV resistant cable ties to secure the netting to the poles. 4 or 5 ties per pole does the job.

    This has worked wonderfully for about 20 years. I tried 1/2″ rebar one year, but it is too easy to bend at that length and the deer learned that if they pushed hard enough on the netting, they could bend the poles over.

    1. Definitely a plan for our next garden!

      Mary fondly recalls her original backyard garden, barely two miles south and four decades ago: no fence and no critter problems. For this one, we gradually up-armored the original five foot garden fence as the critters improved their attacks, so it definitely has an improvised look.

      Thanks for the rod size pointer!

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