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Installing a wire fence isn’t easy. Nor is it a one-person job. Before you attempt to install a wire fence, grab a friend and review the supplies needed and the instructions below.
Use this checklist when you go to the store and purchase your items.
Unroll fence or barbed wire and position it alongside the fence line. Roll past end post to ensure enough wire to wrap the product.
Staples in line posts should be installed loosely to allow the line wire to move back and forth when loads are applied to the fence.
Decide if you will stretch the barbed wire to the end post or center stretch.
1. Stretching to the end post: After unrolling barbed wire past the end post, secure the wire grips to the barbed wire 5 - 8 feet inside the end post. Attach a one-ton come-along to the end post and then to the wire grip. Carefully start to stretch the barbed wire, making sure it doesn't catch on objects on the ground or kink. Don't apply too much pressure to the barbed wire. There should be a bow in the wire. Carefully tie off around the end post and slowly release the tension. Secure this strand to the line posts with staples (for wood posts) or t-post clips (for steel posts). Then repeat.
2. Stretching to the center: For this type of installation you will need 2 wire grips and a one-ton come-along. Secure the wire grips to both ends of the barbed wire. Attach the one-ton come-along to the wire grips. Carefully apply pressure to the barbed wire using the come-along. With the barbed wire stretched, crimp with a crimp tool and sleeves. Secure this strand to the line posts with staples (for wood posts) or t-post clips (for steel posts). Then repeat.
3. For repairs: Crimp the repair wire to the broken wire with a crimp tool and sleeves or hand wrap and repeat the process above.