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OT How do you guys stretch field wire?

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641Dave

08-24-2011 12:42:00
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Just wondering it there was an "easy" way or a trick to getting a good tight fence stretched.




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bc

08-25-2011 09:05:06
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 Re: OT How do you guys stretch field wire? in reply to 641Dave, 08-24-2011 12:42:00  
I wonder where Lanse is about now.

Dave, you still need to add a hot wire or two in an attempt to keep the hogs off the fence. With horses you want a wire about chest high and one on top to keep them from leaning on the wire.

I like to keep the fence a few inches off the ground so you can get a weed whacker under it. If you don't control the weeds, blowing dirt and dead weeds will eventually fill in and rise up and grab the bottom of the fence wire.

To protect your investment for more years, hot wires to keep the animals off of it and control the weeds and grass at the bottom. The longevity of the fence will also depend on post bracing as well.

Last one I stretched was with an old barbed wire stretcher that hooks over the post and has a lever and notches in it. Started from the top and did the heavy guage wires first and then went back to the lighter ones.

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641Dave

08-25-2011 06:41:27
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 Re: OT How do you guys stretch field wire? in reply to 641Dave, 08-24-2011 12:42:00  
I don't have any wire yet, just getting my notes down on how to do it.
Last year we set up some field wire around some feeders and it ended up looking pretty bad. I'm going to fence the new place and I want to go with field wire to keep the hogs at bay.
I realize now I need to do some work making a wire grabber and I need a good come-a-long.
As usual, this forum is proven to be my best tool in the shed. I appreciate the insight fellas!

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JML755

08-25-2011 06:32:33
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 Re: OT How do you guys stretch field wire? in reply to Billy NY, 08-24-2011 12:42:00  
I've used a steel pry bar instead of a pipe and weave it through the fence openings, then put a chain around the bar, top & bottom, attach it in the middle to a chain come-along, not a cable one, and then anchor the come-along to a tree or tractor or truck. I don't like to use a tractor or truck to pull as the come-along gives better control, and..... I've got one. :lol: Did this fence using the above method. It's kind of PITA, though to weave the bar, wrap the chains and they usually will come loose when the bar falls over before I can start pulling, so I'm building a fence unroller and a stretcher that should be easier to hook up and use. The stretcher is basically a piece of square tubing with pieces of 3/8"x 4" flat stock welded at intervals to the tube and bent to "grab" the fence. I'll post a pic when it's done.

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Bendee

08-25-2011 02:07:56
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 Re: OT How do you guys stretch field wire? in reply to 641Dave, 08-24-2011 12:42:00  
What type of fence do you have .?



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John A.

08-24-2011 22:13:52
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 Re: OT How do you guys stretch field wire? in reply to 641Dave, 08-24-2011 12:42:00  
641Dave, I use a tractor with a 2 in pipe bolted to the stationary drawbar and a short chain to the Center link mount.
Used a JD 4230 pulled a 2100+ ft stretch of fence! Had all my Deer Hunters in and they were scattered out along the way to keep the Net wire from hanging up on little stobs, roots, and rocks. There were 7 and a short piece rolls of 48 in Net wire. That pull, I pulled out over 50 ft of slack to get the fence stretched to a tension I desired!
It was he hardest stretch of fence I have ever pulled. 2/3/4 rolls are a piece of cake compared to 7 rolls.
OBTW...Corners are 9 ft X 4 in pipe set 4+ ft in concrete. in a Double H fashion with 2-7/8 brase pipe centers. 6.5 ft steel t-post on 15 ft centers. with a 1.90 xtra thick wall pipe post at every 6th post position. We did cross one small wet-wether creek there is a set of Single H brases there on both sides just in case they are ever needed.
When you are pulling single runs of Barbed wire Be very careful for you can pull it in to before you realize what is going on!!!
Later,
JAS

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BushogPapa

08-24-2011 21:58:59
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 Re: OT How do you guys stretch field wire? in reply to 641Dave, 08-24-2011 12:42:00  
I use the old Steel fence clamp we have, chain to the top and bottom of the clamp, to the drawbar of trailer Hitch and Stretch that Puppy until it is Tight.. Usually, the length of a complete roll will stand right up against the posts.. I doubt a 2-wheel drive PU could begin to get it that tight.. The fence will Stretch quite a few Feet, before it is tight enough.. Ron..



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JerryS

08-24-2011 20:17:30
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 Re: OT How do you guys stretch field wire? in reply to 641Dave, 08-24-2011 12:42:00  

Just curious: if you're building a fence in the heat of summer, do you pull it guitar-string tight?



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Fixerupper

08-24-2011 18:39:48
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 Re: OT How do you guys stretch field wire? in reply to 641Dave, 08-24-2011 12:42:00  
Man, it's been awhile. Clamp it between the 2X4's or 2X6's pull with a tractor until the little bends or kinks in the horizontal wires are pulled about half straight, set the brakes. Walk along the fence and pull it off the ground in a few places so it stretches clear to the end. Walk away till next morning and staple it on to the corner post. You do use three brace posts don't you? Jim



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DBAF

08-24-2011 18:26:13
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 Re: OT How do you guys stretch field wire? in reply to 641Dave, 08-24-2011 12:42:00  
I use a steel stretcher board with steel wedges(coast about $100) hook a chain and two HD come-alongs to the tractor or skid loader and pull tight finsh off with the come alongs to get a nice even pull.Then I put 2-3 staples in the top wire cute it and tie it to the corner post and repeat one at a time working my way to the bottom wire.I also do not drive any of the line post staples all the way in (I use 1 3/4 in barbed staples) as this will let your fence float and not get streched out and floppy.

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1468 Chris

08-24-2011 17:49:56
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 Re: OT How do you guys stretch field wire? in reply to 641Dave, 08-24-2011 12:42:00  
I weave a fence rail through the "panels" of the fence and then put a chain on the top and bottom of the rail and hook the chain to the back bucket of my backhoe then use the hoe to pull the fence tight. Its a nice even and steady pull with no jerking. You can make one tight fence that way.



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amo

08-24-2011 17:43:00
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 Re: OT How do you guys stretch field wire? in reply to 641Dave, 08-24-2011 12:42:00  
Loop the wire over a 2-3 inch pipe or post and then weave a small pipe !/2 inch through the wires that are doubled back, and pull on the center of larger pipe for even pull.
The boards and clamps work good but this simpler.



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oldironman

08-24-2011 17:11:25
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 Re: OT How do you guys stretch field wire? in reply to 641Dave, 08-24-2011 12:42:00  
There was a guy at the empire tractor show in Seneca Falls NY that had a puller that was pressed metal that you could put in your pocket. I can't remember what he called it though.



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JBMac

08-24-2011 16:33:23
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 Re: OT How do you guys stretch field wire? in reply to 641Dave, 08-24-2011 12:42:00  
I pull it with the tractor until I break something or pull the cornere posts loose!



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TVB

08-24-2011 15:55:28
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 Re: OT How do you guys stretch field wire? in reply to 641Dave, 08-24-2011 12:42:00  
Instead of trying to rig to the center of the 2x4's or pipe try using a length of rope tied at the top and bottom with a good block or pulley in the middle, rig to the block and it will always pull even tension on the top and the bottom.



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MF Poor

08-24-2011 15:43:43
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 Re: OT How do you guys stretch field wire? in reply to 641Dave, 08-24-2011 12:42:00  
Define easy..

I have a local fence contractor as a hay customer. We barter. I provide hime with round bale hay, he does my fence work. So far it's worked out well for both of us. When it stops working, we go our seperate ways. It don't get any easier in my book.



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Jerry/MT

08-24-2011 14:31:03
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 Re: OT How do you guys stretch field wire? in reply to 641Dave, 08-24-2011 12:42:00  
I use a couple of 2x4"s drilled with some 3/8" nuts and bolts to clamp on the wire. I wrap a chain around the top and bottom of the 2x4"s. I wrap one end around the corner post and then pull the other end with the 2x4 clamp by the cchain with a come along usually attached to the hitch on my TO-30.



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kyhayman

08-24-2011 14:01:20
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 Re: OT How do you guys stretch field wire? in reply to 641Dave, 08-24-2011 12:42:00  
They make a 3pth stretcher that unrolls the woven wire and then locks on it to stretch. Ive got a home made version that goes on the front of the skid loader. For places that wont work I staple the woven wire to a 2x4 and chain it to the atv. Pull it as tight as a Honda 450 will.



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Ken Macfarlane

08-24-2011 13:48:47
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 Re: OT How do you guys stretch field wire? in reply to 641Dave, 08-24-2011 12:42:00  
We have a 2x4 with 5 u-bolts and a piece of round stock that slides in the u-bolts to trap the wire for woven stuff. Always tensioned with a hydrostatic tractor or comealong. I'd be tempted to try the atv's winch now, just haven't strung any tensioned fence lately, all poly electric.



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greenbeanman in Kansas

08-24-2011 13:03:05
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 Re: OT How do you guys stretch field wire? in reply to 641Dave, 08-24-2011 12:42:00  
Bolt the fencing betweem two 2 X 4s to the width/height of it and pull on that. Will stretch the entire width at once without warping it out of shape.

You can attach a central pulling point to the 2Xs if you wish.



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rustyfarmall

08-24-2011 13:25:25
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 Re: OT How do you guys stretch field wire? in reply to greenbeanman in Kansas, 08-24-2011 13:03:05  
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Yep! That's how it is done around here. I think every farmer has a pair of 2x4s with 4 or 5 bolts holding them together.



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Brokenwrench

08-24-2011 13:01:35
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 Re: OT How do you guys stretch field wire? in reply to 641Dave, 08-24-2011 12:42:00  
The easy way is with a fence stretcher.

You can also stretch fence with a fencing pliers. You need to do it at a corner post or buck post, to use that as your anchor of sorts.

You kinda need three hands that way though.

Where my wire meets the corner post, it wraps around it. I also use a big staple to hold it to the post.

I back the staple out, or even start it over the wire in a different spot on the post. Then unwrap the wire from around the post. Pull it as tight as I can by hand, then grab the wire as close to the post as I can with the inside jaws on the fencing pliers. Then, using the post as a fulcrum and the pliers as the lever of sorts I pull the wire tight.

If you get used to it, you can kinda keep ratcheting the wire throught the pliers to get it as tight as you want. Then pound the staple in to hold the wire so you can let go and rewrap the wire around the post again.

One of those things thats really easy to show, but hard to explain....

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mb58

08-24-2011 13:00:27
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 Re: OT How do you guys stretch field wire? in reply to 641Dave, 08-24-2011 12:42:00  
If you mean the woven-wire field fence, just take a piece of pipe and weave it through the squares from top to bottom. Then hook you chain or "come-along" to the center of the pipe and start tightening. Make sure to pull from the center so that the fence is stretched evenly.



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Brokenwrench

08-24-2011 13:04:41
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 Re: OT How do you guys stretch field wire? in reply to mb58, 08-24-2011 13:00:27  
That is a friggen slick idea. You sir are a genius. No more tugging the crap out of it by hand for me. haha



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rustred

08-24-2011 12:53:27
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 Re: OT How do you guys stretch field wire? in reply to 641Dave, 08-24-2011 12:42:00  
with a wire stretcher,if your talking about barbed wire.anchor it to the post and the other end to the wire and pull the wire tight with the rope.



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Allan In NE

08-24-2011 12:55:09
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 Re: OT How do you guys stretch field wire? in reply to rustred, 08-24-2011 12:53:27  
Do they still make those pulley stretchers? Haven't seen one of those for 50 years.

Allan



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02

08-24-2011 13:14:50
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 Re: OT How do you guys stretch field wire? in reply to Allan In NE, 08-24-2011 12:55:09  
I have a pulley stretcher and uh yeah its about 50 years old.



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GordoSD

08-24-2011 15:17:15
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 Re: OT How do you guys stretch field wire? in reply to 02, 08-24-2011 13:14:50  
There's a red rope and pulley stretcher hanging in my shop. It started life hangin in my Grandpa's shop over 60 years ago.



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Daninsc

08-24-2011 16:59:12
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 Re: OT How do you guys stretch field wire? in reply to GordoSD, 08-24-2011 15:17:15  
with the winch on the front of the gator, got a flat piece of iron with 5 hooks, one every 10"'s and i big eyelet on the other side for the winch hook, very easy



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