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Re: fence tips and tricks

Post by libertygarden » Sun Jun 09, 2019 2:09 pm

I see barbed wire fences along the road that no matter how much the terrain undulates all t-post are at the same height and all strands are level. I'm not sure if this is an optical illusion, but I suspect it has to do more with superior fencing skills than I have.

I pound all t-post until the plate is flush with the ground. I clip the top wire on each post at 52" height and thereafter the spacing for the remaining 4 wires is the length of my fencing pliers. While this guarantees that my fence is always 52" high, the t-post and wire look uneven. Not sure if this is a mistake or just aesthetics. I'm sure the cows don't really care, but it bugs me. I want a perfectly looking fence, and strong , too.

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Re: fence tips and tricks

Post by greybeard » Sun Jun 09, 2019 3:00 pm

I do it about the same way, except I put the tee posts in farther than just the top of the spade. I follow the ground's contour...that's what the cows' hooves are going to be doing too.
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Re: fence tips and tricks

Post by libertygarden » Sun Jun 09, 2019 3:08 pm

Well, that's pretty much the way I see it. I was just curious how people get perfectly straight fences. I rest my foot on the t-post plate, and when I feel the ground I pound it one more time and done.

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Re: fence tips and tricks

Post by greybeard » Sun Jun 09, 2019 3:39 pm

libertygarden wrote:
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For the record, I haven't asked the neighbor to compare willies. Not yet.
Evidently, for some people here, that's 'a thing', metaphorically speaking.
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Re: fence tips and tricks

Post by libertygarden » Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:55 am

Unrolling wire solo:
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Re: fence tips and tricks

Post by callmefence » Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:49 am

libertygarden wrote:
Sun Jun 09, 2019 3:08 pm
Well, that's pretty much the way I see it. I was just curious how people get perfectly straight fences. I rest my foot on the t-post plate, and when I feel the ground I pound it one more time and done.

P.S.

For the record, I haven't asked the neighbor to compare willies. Not yet.

You been watching me drive tpost????

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Re: fence tips and tricks

Post by greybeard » Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:39 am

I wish.
Clay.
Baby sheet when it's wet. Cement when it's not.
No in between
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Re: fence tips and tricks

Post by libertygarden » Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:24 am

That's the truth about clay soil. Two weeks ago I was getting stuck in the mud; last Saturday the ground was dry and cracked.
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Re: fence tips and tricks

Post by sstterry » Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:01 pm

libertygarden wrote:
Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:55 am
Unrolling wire solo:
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Get one of these.

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Re: fence tips and tricks

Post by greybeard » Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:37 pm

sstterry wrote:
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Get one of these.

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I'd hate to know I had to unroll very many 80lb rolls of the old low carbon 12 ga red brand type wire with that. Even a 44lb roll of gaucho is a pita just keeping it away from your jeans leg.
On top of that, many rolls nowadays don't have a handle or inner frame on the roll to attach the tool to.
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Re: fence tips and tricks

Post by sstterry » Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:19 pm

greybeard wrote:
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:37 pm
sstterry wrote:
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:01 pm


Get one of these.

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I'd hate to know I had to unroll very many 80lb rolls of the old low carbon 12 ga red brand type wire with that. Even a 44lb roll of gaucho is a pita just keeping it away from your jeans leg.
On top of that, many rolls nowadays don't have a handle or inner frame on the roll to attach the tool to.
It unrolls away from your leg and you can place a bar in the handle to hook it to the lift arms of your tractor or to the back of a truck or utv. Also, with the bar, two men can carry it with lots of clearance.

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Re: fence tips and tricks

Post by True Grit Farms » Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:24 pm

sstterry wrote:
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:19 pm
greybeard wrote:
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:37 pm
sstterry wrote:
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:01 pm


Get one of these.

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I'd hate to know I had to unroll very many 80lb rolls of the old low carbon 12 ga red brand type wire with that. Even a 44lb roll of gaucho is a pita just keeping it away from your jeans leg.
On top of that, many rolls nowadays don't have a handle or inner frame on the roll to attach the tool to.
It unrolls away from your leg and you can place a bar in the handle to hook it to the lift arms of your tractor or to the back of a truck or utv. Also, with the bar, two men can carry it with lots of clearance.
It works but there's nothing easy about it. I have one that I made that rolls on the ground it works but it's not easy either.
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Re: fence tips and tricks

Post by libertygarden » Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:45 pm

I had one and it broke. It's a PITA to use those little things with 4 point 12.5 spools. If you are going to walk it, better get a buddy and use a pipe.
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Re: fence tips and tricks

Post by sstterry » Tue Jun 18, 2019 5:34 pm

Probably had the cheap Chinese knock off that just has small spot welds. I will guarantee you couldn't break the originals, I know because I used them for years. and if you are using it correctly there is no problem with the wire catching on your leg. I know all of this because my father invented it.

The patent expired years ago and the ones made for the last 15 years or so are junk. Ask Kenny Thomas, he bought one from my father at the Louisville Farm show back in the '90s. I was led to believe that he liked it.

But use what you want. I know what works for me and all the people that sent letters in when he sold the original.

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Re: fence tips and tricks

Post by callmefence » Tue Jun 18, 2019 5:45 pm

It is what it is. And that is a improvement over kicking the roll of wire. Or running a stick through it and walking backwards. Fits in the truckbox with half a roll for repairs.
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