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H braces

Postby coyotefur » Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:41 am

Can i use barbed wire to strengthen h-braces or does it have to be high tensile wire?

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Re: H braces

Postby callmefence » Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:50 am

coyotefur wrote:Can i use barbed wire to strengthen h-braces or does it have to be high tensile wire?

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Folks been using barbwire for 100 years.
Little harder to work with but it'll do for a wire brace. :2cents:
Course a solid diagonal brace would be better than either.
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Re: H braces

Postby jkwilson » Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:11 am

High tensile is so much easier there is no reason to use barbed wire if your fence is HT.
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Re: H braces

Postby coyotefur » Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:17 am

jkwilson wrote:High tensile is so much easier there is no reason to use barbed wire if your fence is HT.



I'm installing a barbed wire fence and I have some left over. I don't want to buy high tensile if i don't have to.

Do you think barbed wire would work in pulling together h-braces?

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Re: H braces

Postby Tbrake » Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:39 am

It will work, just harder to work with. Make sure the barbs don’t hang up and there is equal tension on both wraps. I buy roles of 12.5 gauge barbless wire for brace post. Makes them a breeze. 1/4 mile role of that will make many many corners.
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Re: H braces

Postby jkwilson » Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:44 am

Probably easier to use some plain #9 wire for twisted braces. Seems like the barb always wants to pop and give over time as the barbs get bent or slide in my experience. But I may just not know what I'm doing.
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Re: H braces

Postby Bigfoot » Mon Mar 26, 2018 12:16 pm

Barbed is all I've ever used. It's actually all I got anyway. Never touched a piece of smooth high tensil.
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Re: H braces

Postby coyotefur » Mon Mar 26, 2018 12:23 pm

Bigfoot wrote:Barbed is all I've ever used. It's actually all I got anyway. Never touched a piece of smooth high tensil.



Thanks for the input.
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Re: H braces

Postby coyotefur » Mon Mar 26, 2018 12:24 pm

Bigfoot wrote:Barbed is all I've ever used. It's actually all I got anyway. Never touched a piece of smooth high tensil.


Do you make a loop and twist it back on itself?
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Re: H braces

Postby Bigfoot » Mon Mar 26, 2018 12:39 pm

coyotefur wrote:
Bigfoot wrote:Barbed is all I've ever used. It's actually all I got anyway. Never touched a piece of smooth high tensil.


Do you make a loop and twist it back on itself?


I twist it, with a piece rebar, and use a staple to hold the rebar to the H in the H brace. Used sticks etc. before, but they are not lifetime products. I can pull the staple and spin it some more, if the need arises. Nowadays, I'd be more inclined to join the wire to itself, with a couple of ferrules. I'd post a pic, but I've lost that ability.
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Re: H braces

Postby greybeard » Mon Mar 26, 2018 12:42 pm

I have used barbed for the brace wire occasionally, but HT barbed (Gaucho). The low carbon wire like Red Brand is.. or was, has a tendency to stretch and get loose in this use like all others it's used for. Pull the HT barbed tight on the braces, and it will be there forever, just as tight (and bright) as the day you first put it on.
There's easier better wire for braces, but good barbed will sure work.
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Re: H braces

Postby Farm Fence Solutions » Mon Mar 26, 2018 12:57 pm

https://www.farmfencesolutions.com/prod ... brace-kit/

These solve most of the problems that have been mentioned. The video below has a HT brace, as well as a cable brace.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sokwrC8DhVA&t=5s
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Re: H braces

Postby chevytaHOE5674 » Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:16 pm

The cable with a loop and a Gripple is all I use anymore. Takes about 30 seconds to brace a corner and is infinitely adjustable.
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Re: H braces

Postby Rafter S » Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:30 pm

I've mostly used barbed wire. It sure makes you feel sick to your stomach when you carefully make two big loops of the barbed wire, staple them loosely in place, and make one too many turns tightening it and one strand goes "Ping". Nothing to do but take it all loose and start over.

I've recently gained access to some surplus 1/4" and 3/8" cable. That stuff doesn't break.
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Re: H braces

Postby M-5 » Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:33 pm

I used to use barb wire and a twister stick. Since using HT i just use a one wire looped with a crimp and a ratchet strainer on the other end.
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