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fence tightening trick--but does it work long term?

Postby pdubdo » Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:16 pm

Had some very old loose fence that I was too lazy to replace or re-stretch. Saw on youtube where you grab the wire with fencing pliers and give it a twist, making a little "Z" in the wire. Repeat about 10-20 times along the wire and presto, wire is not sagging any more. Any down-side to doing this and buying me some time before I take down and replace the wire? I figure this buys me at least a year or two?...
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Re: fence tightening trick--but does it work long term?

Postby Bigfoot » Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:32 pm

You won't tighten the wire, just give the appearance of tightness.
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Postby greybeard » Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:45 pm

the 1st cow that pushes against it will straighten the 'z's out, and just the weight of the wire will over a short period of time..

If you have to do a temp fix, get some Jakes wire tighteners and the tool to twist them on with

They work pretty good as a quick repair/temp fix as long as the wire still has some strength to it and isn't rusted down to a pencil width.
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Postby Texas PaPaw » Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:49 pm

Jakes wire tightners will do the job without making kinks in wire like youtube method you mentioned. I really like them.

https://www.valleyvet.com/ct_search_results.html
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Re: fence tightening trick--but does it work long term?

Postby bird dog » Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:05 pm

I have one of these as well as a Jakes tool. I prefer the Texas tightener when the wire is old. The jakes tool breaks the wire at times.

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Re: fence tightening trick--but does it work long term?

Postby jedstivers » Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:11 pm

Yep, one you just got a wire with a bunch of "z's" twisted in it. You don't have a tight fence.
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Re: fence tightening trick--but does it work long term?

Postby Craig Miller » Tue Aug 15, 2017 6:12 am

Bigfoot wrote:You won't tighten the wire, just give the appearance of tightness.


What he said. The first set of zzzs make it look tight. If you do another set it pulls part of the first ones out.
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Re: fence tightening trick--but does it work long term?

Postby Farm Fence Solutions » Tue Aug 15, 2017 6:17 am

Or just stick a Gripple in and tighten the fence. Cheap, easy, fast and functional. We stock the tension curve pliers, but the only place they will do any good is in net wire.
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Postby M.Magis » Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:12 am

I've used the "Z" trick countless times where trees and deer have stretched it out. It's works well to give the appearance that it's tight, and it's certainly better than the wires hanging loose. Re-stretching every time I have a loose wire isn't an option, it's a never ending battle with some of my old fence that runs through the woods. But still, it's temporary and I wouldn't use it if you expect cows or calves to put any pressure in that area. Jakes tighteners work a lot better. Never used the Gripples, do you have to cut the fence for them?
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Postby Rafter S » Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:22 am

My neighbor lady hired some people to build some fence for her, and while they were there they "fixed" on the line fence between us. They used that method of tightening the wires. All that does is create a kink, where the wire will break with any strain or pressure (or sometimes with none).
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Postby callmefence » Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:06 am

I guess I m the only one that threw up a little bit.
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Re: fence tightening trick--but does it work long term?

Postby M.Magis » Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:45 am

I think some of use are talking about 2 different things. What I'm referring to doesn't put a kink in the fence, at worst it would stretch back out, though it doesn't. Still, it's not really a "fix". It just buys some time to get it fixed right.
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Re: fence tightening trick--but does it work long term?

Postby Bigfoot » Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:11 am

Twist a staple in it.
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Re: fence tightening trick--but does it work long term?

Postby Farm Fence Solutions » Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:29 am

M.Magis wrote:I've used the "Z" trick countless times where trees and deer have stretched it out. It's works well to give the appearance that it's tight, and it's certainly better than the wires hanging loose. Re-stretching every time I have a loose wire isn't an option, it's a never ending battle with some of my old fence that runs through the woods. But still, it's temporary and I wouldn't use it if you expect cows or calves to put any pressure in that area. Jakes tighteners work a lot better. Never used the Gripples, do you have to cut the fence for them?


Yes, same as you would to tighten it with knots or a crimp.
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Re: fence tightening trick--but does it work long term?

Postby Farm Fence Solutions » Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:29 am

callmefence wrote:I guess I m the only one that threw up a little bit.


Nope. I had to eat breakfast twice today.
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