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Re: fence tips and tricks

Postby Farm Fence Solutions » Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:52 pm

callmefence wrote:We always roll out the bottom wire backwards on purpose so the barbs point down.
Makes the pigs squeak.


That's why they call you Fence....You think of everything. ;-)
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Re: fence tips and tricks

Postby greybeard » Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:16 pm

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But then, if you were going south, the barbs would be upside down....wouldn't they? :???:

Just 1/2 of them...


Seems like twice as many would be upside down if it was 4 point instead of 2 point??? You sure it's just half?


Yes, I'm sure. The other 1/2 would be downside up.
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Re: fence tips and tricks

Postby Tbrake » Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:24 am

I wouldn’t use high tensle wire if it was free. Hate that crap. 100% Oklahoma brand 12.5 gauge here. More expensive, but 100x better. Lasts longer, stronger, easier to work with.
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Re: fence tips and tricks

Postby Bigfoot » Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:00 am

Anybody ever intentionally put a Jakes wire tightener in a strand of electrified barbed wire, to be able to add tension as the need arises? Better solution available? Soon as snakes go in, I'm going to overhaul my bull pen.
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Re: fence tips and tricks

Postby greybeard » Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:08 am

No. I've used them recently to effect quick repairs after the flood, but from what I've seen, they are good for one or 2 twists at the most, but I wouldn't try to use one as a permanent fixture to continually tighten with another twist every 6 months or so..asking for the wire to break.

Now, a gripple, should fit the bill just fine. You'd just have to loosen or remove a barb as you pulled 'fresh' wire into the gripple.
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Re: fence tips and tricks

Postby Bigfoot » Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:16 am

greybeard wrote:No. I've used them recently to effect quick repairs after the flood, but from what I've seen, they are good for one or 2 twists at the most, but I wouldn't try to use one as a permanent fixture to continually tighten with another twist every 6 months or so..asking for the wire to break.

Now, a gripple, should fit the bill just fine. You'd just have to loosen or remove a barb as you pulled 'fresh' wire into the gripple.


I didn't know the Jake's were so limited.
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Re: fence tips and tricks

Postby Bigfoot » Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:18 am

Tons of persimmon trees in my bull pen. Deer pretty well constantly hanging the wire. I only send the juice to it, the few months out of the year the bulls are in it.
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Re: fence tips and tricks

Postby greybeard » Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:39 am

Bigfoot wrote:
greybeard wrote:No. I've used them recently to effect quick repairs after the flood, but from what I've seen, they are good for one or 2 twists at the most, but I wouldn't try to use one as a permanent fixture to continually tighten with another twist every 6 months or so..asking for the wire to break.

Now, a gripple, should fit the bill just fine. You'd just have to loosen or remove a barb as you pulled 'fresh' wire into the gripple.


I didn't know the Jake's were so limited.


Well, there's just so much room on the thing to begin with and I have bent more than one trying to get too much slack pulled out, and had to add another down the line in a different location, but mine was an extreme case where 1000' of fence had been stressed all the way down the line from water borne debris. Jakes tighteners are pretty strong, but they ain't 'that' strong.
Your bull pen may be manageable with them.
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Re: fence tips and tricks

Postby ChrisB » Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:24 pm

They make heavier Jakes tighteners now but haven't tried any. I use them, but it seems you only get one chance to tighten heavier wire with them. Go back a year later and they have collapsed and if it needs to be tightened again you have to add another one. But I don't like the fence too tight as it seems to just assist the frost in pulling the corners out.
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Re: fence tips and tricks

Postby Farm Fence Solutions » Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:21 pm

Tbrake wrote:I wouldn’t use high tensle wire if it was free. Hate that crap. 100% Oklahoma brand 12.5 gauge here. More expensive, but 100x better. Lasts longer, stronger, easier to work with.


High tensile wire is a pretty broad spectrum. Care to elaborate?
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Re: fence tips and tricks

Postby Farm Fence Solutions » Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:24 pm

Bigfoot wrote:Anybody ever intentionally put a Jakes wire tightener in a strand of electrified barbed wire, to be able to add tension as the need arises? Better solution available? Soon as snakes go in, I'm going to overhaul my bull pen.



If you ever warm up to Gripples, you'll never look back. Give me a shout if you want to sample a few.
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Re: fence tips and tricks

Postby Tbrake » Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:40 pm

Any type of Groucho wire. (However it’s spelled) stay tuff or something like that. Beyond electric fence, that stuff is useless.
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Re: fence tips and tricks

Postby Farm Fence Solutions » Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:13 pm

Tbrake wrote:Any type of Groucho wire. (However it’s spelled) stay tuff or something like that. Beyond electric fence, that stuff is useless.


With evidence like that, how could I argue?
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Re: fence tips and tricks

Postby M.Magis » Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:15 pm

Funny how opinions differ. Gaucho HT barbed wire is my first choice, by a large margin. I don’t plan to ever use 12.5 guage again. Costs twice as much and cows respect it about as much as smooth wire.
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Re: fence tips and tricks

Postby Farm Fence Solutions » Fri Oct 27, 2017 7:15 am

M.Magis wrote:Funny how opinions differ. Gaucho HT barbed wire is my first choice, by a large margin. I don’t plan to ever use 12.5 guage again. Costs twice as much and cows respect it about as much as smooth wire.


McArthur Lumber and Post, about 2 hours from you, has 14 and 16 gauge Tornado HT barb in stock. If you ever have the chance, stop in and buy a roll of the 14 gauge and give it a try. You'll have a new first choice, by an even larger margin. :tiphat:
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