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    Default Re: how to install barb wire fencing?

    You should always work top down, as the top wire places the most strain on the end assembly (think longest lever). If you work bottom up, the lower wires will be taught when you do them, and saggy when you finish

    What I like to do is pull the top wire tight with my ratcheting chain strainer, and then let it back down. You now have a dead straight line on the ground to follow when putting in your steel posts. Then strain it back up, and tie off the wires.

    I have done literally miles of fencing this way, and it is the fastest method I have encountered, with the best end results.

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    Default Re: how to install barb wire fencing?

    I think whether you start at the bottom and work up or the top and work down, it all depends on if your corner/starting posts are solid or not. If you have them braced well and they are solid and will stay straight up, then starting at the bottom or top is just a matter of personal preference.

    The top strand definately places more strain on the post, but the next to top will place a lot of stress as well. If your posts are not solid, then it won't matter which place you start - you'll still end up with saggy fences.

    I used the tractor as an anchor and pull with a come-a-long to get the fence tight. I always set the corner/brace posts, run the wire between 'em, tighten, then drive the steel posts.

    I say use whatever method has worked well for you in the past and go with it!

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    Default Re: how to install barb wire fencing?

    I love wire strainers for keeping tension. One end to the post and the wire gets ratcheted by the other end. That way can change the tension is something happens in the future. There is a special wrench for winding the wire in. I also vote for the H braces as well.

    If you do not have time to do it right the first time, what makes you think you will have more time to do it the 2nd or 3rd time?
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    Default Re: how to install barb wire fencing?

    NEVER us HP to pull barbwire or your next thread will be under the Safety forum!

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    Default Re: how to install barb wire fencing?

    We use telephone poles for our fencing. Trust me, brace your telephone poles. If possible, I like to run all four or five strands of wire at the same time. That means you need to have four rolls of wire on a four-set spinning jenny or some other type of device to spool out the wire. When you get to the end, clamp the wire off (We used a home made wooden clamp. It allowed us to clamp all four wires at one time), put the initial tension on it, tighten it up with a come along hooked to an immovable object and your wooden clamp. Tie off the ends and you're done.

    Inline strainers can be a very, very good thing too.

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    Default Re: how to install barb wire fencing?

    could anyone post pics of there H braces? or even any work in progress pics? thanks again for all of y'alls help......Chris.
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    Default Re: how to install barb wire fencing?

    Thread pretty well covered it. One caution. When stretching long distances over uneven ground: Stretch the wire tight and then tack it loosely in proper position at the top and bottom of any rise/dip before fastening it tight at the end. It is easy to have it too tight to lift up or push down if you fasten it solid at the end first. Not unusual to have to let off a bit of tension before you can get it properly positioned on intermediate posts.

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    Default Re: how to install barb wire fencing?

    Most university ag websites have a section on how to properly measure and run barbed wire fence. The University of Georgia has a good one.

    There are as many ways to run fence as there are people who do it. I've run lots and lots of it and here are some of the things I have found out over the years.

    1. ALWAYS brace the corners and put in braced stretching posts in long runs or changes in elevation.

    2. Always start with the bottom wire. I know some people start at the top and work down but for safety reasons don't do it. If you start at the top, as you work your way down, your face, shoulder and arms are always close to the wire you have already strung and sooner or later, it's going to bite you. It also makes it easier to clip the wire to the T-posts as you are not working through the already strung wire.

    3. Never use a tractor & FEL as your only means of tightening the wire. Sooner or later you're going to overstretch and break it and you better be ready to duck and pray. I attach a come-along to the FEL and the wire to the come-along. I use the tractor to take the initial slack out of the wire and position it at the required height and finish tightening it with the come-along.

    4. I beat the first T-post in until there is 44" of stick-up for 4 strand. (It'll vary depending on whether you are running 4, 5 or 6 strand fence) I usually mark a stick at the height of the top of the T-post driver when the first post is at 44". That way you only have to measure once. You just beat the rest of the posts in to the mark on the stick and they will all be at 44".

    5. Use either the bottom wire or a string stretched between the brace posts as your straight line for driving the T-posts.

    6. I start my bottom wire 12" above the ground and subsequent wires 10" apart. That leaves 2" of T-post above the top wire for a 4 strand fence. For a 5 strand fence beat the posts in to 44", put the bottom wire 10" above the ground and subsequent wires 8" apart.

    7. Never be tempted to run barbed wire around a corner post and keep on going. You might be able to do that with high tensile, barbless wire but not barbed wire. You'll never get it stretched properly because the barbs hang up on the corner post and it'll come back to haunt you.

    If you use properly brace corner posts and braced stretching posts you won't have to worry about them twisting and the wire slacking off. Properly braced corner posts and stretching posts are the foundation of your whole fence, don't skimp. It's better to take the time to do it correctly once rather than having to go back and redo it again and again.

    I really recommend that you check out the U of G website on how to run fence. The description and diagrams will explain it all. Hope this has helped.
    Last edited by EastTexFrank; 10-09-2008 at 12:56 AM. Reason: typo

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    Default Re: how to install barb wire fencing?

    Quote Originally Posted by moloss View Post
    could anyone post pics of there H braces? or even any work in progress pics? thanks again for all of y'alls help......Chris.
    Take a look at this. It may help.
    Tractor Supply Company - Install a High Tensile Fence

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    Default Re: how to install barb wire fencing?

    I really appreciate the info....Chris.
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