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Top to bottom or bottom to top??

Post by CCCowman » Mon Apr 08, 2019 10:41 am

Helped a neighbor stretch some new barb wire fence Saturday. Now my thinking is: When I'm helping you, just tell me how you want it done and I'll do it..... it's yours. So we started stretching and I went for the bottom strand and he said "no, start in the middle. It's makes it all tighter". It's his so i did.

Got me to thinking... do you stretch bottom to top or top to bottom. I've never thought about it. Just did how my dad used to do it.


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Re: Top to bottom or bottom to top??

Post by callmefence » Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:03 am

Bottom wire is pulled after corners drove and used as straight line to drive post but not tied. Then top to bottom. And clipped top to bottom.
Just common sense really
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Re: Top to bottom or bottom to top??

Post by greybeard » Mon Apr 08, 2019 1:15 pm

callmefence wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:03 am
Bottom wire is pulled after corners drove and used as straight line to drive post but not tied. Then top to bottom. And clipped top to bottom.
Just common sense really
Yep, tho with barbed wire, I sometimes slack back off and move that bottom wire to the top as soon as line posts are in. Depends how even the terrain is, how long the run is but overall, I work top down, just to keep the barbs from hanging on other strands as I'm stretching.
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Re: Top to bottom or bottom to top??

Post by Farm Fence Solutions » Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:48 pm

What Fence said.
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Re: Top to bottom or bottom to top??

Post by Silver » Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:53 pm

greybeard wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 1:15 pm
callmefence wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:03 am
Bottom wire is pulled after corners drove and used as straight line to drive post but not tied. Then top to bottom. And clipped top to bottom.
Just common sense really
Yep, tho with barbed wire, I sometimes slack back off and move that bottom wire to the top as soon as line posts are in. Depends how even the terrain is, how long the run is but overall, I work top down, just to keep the barbs from hanging on other strands as I'm stretching.
Exactly the same thing here, for the same reasons.

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Re: Top to bottom or bottom to top??

Post by T & B farms » Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:58 pm

I do the same as fence. Some guys around here like to use the top wire for the strait line. I have tried that am not a fan. Bottom wire first, then start at the top and go down.

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Re: Top to bottom or bottom to top??

Post by Lucky » Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:12 pm

What fence said.. top to bottom. I leave the wire that I stretched to get my post straight alone until I pull the 4th wire tight then clip the 2 bottom wires at the same time. Saves a little time and not so hard on the knees.

The other question is when you work alone do you clip the wires from one end to the other or start in the middle and work outward? Or does it even matter?

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Re: Top to bottom or bottom to top??

Post by Midtenn » Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:31 pm

callmefence wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:03 am
Bottom wire is pulled after corners drove and used as straight line to drive post but not tied. Then top to bottom. And clipped top to bottom.
Just common sense really
Exactly like he said. Bottom wire keeps the posts straight. Make the top wire look right and work your way down.

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Re: Top to bottom or bottom to top??

Post by Bigfoot » Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:48 pm

Your friend does it wrong :D
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Re: Top to bottom or bottom to top??

Post by Texasmark » Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:03 am

Again, having no tutoring and using what I could accumulate to do the job at the time, working alone with limited equipment, I tried both ways and found that top down on long runs with barbed wire (barbs get tangled up) works best for me. If I had help to keep the tangles out then it would be bottom up......and looking down my rows of T posts, you can see every one of them from one end....didn't plan it that way but that's the way is always seemed to work out.

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Re: Top to bottom or bottom to top??

Post by M.Magis » Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:07 pm

Lucky wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:12 pm

The other question is when you work alone do you clip the wires from one end to the other or start in the middle and work outward? Or does it even matter?
I suppose on flat ground it doesn't matter. Around here, I go and do the high and low spots first. After all of those are done it's just a matter of going and doing the handful left.

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Re: Top to bottom or bottom to top??

Post by greybeard » Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:29 pm

Lucky wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:12 pm
then clip the 2 bottom wires at the same time. Saves a little time and not so hard on the knees.

The older I get the more I realize just how bad my knees are getting. I've seen times I think it would be easier to crawl to the next tee post instead of having to get up and walk over...
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Re: Top to bottom or bottom to top??

Post by hurleyjd » Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:12 am

I think I may have to find a stool or something to sit my azz on while tieing the wires on. Hard to get up when on the ground. Bending over is not an option.

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Re: Top to bottom or bottom to top??

Post by hurleyjd » Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:19 am

https://www.scooterlink.com/departments ... ooters.cfm

One of these might be an option but would take the seat off and mount a low seat with no backs or cushions. Also it would swivel. Be just high enough to keep you feet on the ground when facing the fence,

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Re: Top to bottom or bottom to top??

Post by Texasmark » Fri Apr 12, 2019 5:53 am

hurleyjd wrote:
Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:19 am
https://www.scooterlink.com/departments ... ooters.cfm

One of these might be an option but would take the seat off and mount a low seat with no backs or cushions. Also it would swivel. Be just high enough to keep you feet on the ground when facing the fence,
Harbor Freight has just the thing. The first one I bought was $30. liked it so much, recently they had hem on sale for $20 and I bought a second....round vinyl top, height pneumatic lever adjustable, dish on the bottom for collectibles, quality 360 degree wheels, light weight. Any more, when I collect tools for a low job, my stool is the first thing I grab.

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