How to Stretch Welded Wire Fence Material
If you are trying to learn how to work with a welded wire fence and make it stretch, you first have to know how to install it. This type of fencing can be used for many different things such as to keep your pets in the yard or to keep pets and people out of your yard. You will find that this fence can range anywhere from 3 to 6-feet tall. You are also going to find that this type of fencing is made not to rust or burn.
Step 1 - Preparation
The first thing you want to do is decide on how tall your fence will be. The posts need to be at least 2-feet taller than the fencing. If your fence is going to be 5-feet than, your posts should be at least 7-feet tall.
Step 2 - Measurements
You want the area you are working in to be a true square so measurements are important. Determine your starting point and mark it with a post and then using the measuring tape, take it to the next corner. Again mark it with a post and continue to do this at each corner. Once you have all 4 corners marked, be sure to measure diagonal as well, because all measurements are supposed to be the same. If necessary, move the posts so you get the correct measurements before going to the next step.
Step 3 - Wire Amount
In order to know just how much wire fence you are going to need, measure your fence from the one corner to the other. You will then add the sides together and that total will tell you how much wire you are going to need. You can buy the wire fence in rolls that range from 20 to 110-feet. If you are looking to keep your costs low, you will want to work with the larger rolls but you are going to find that the smaller types are much easier to handle.
Step 4 - Spacing Posts
Each post should be approximately 7 to 10-feet apart.
Step 5 - T-Posts
You will need to remove your marker posts and replace them with your T-posts. This is done by using your hammer or steel post driver. Make sure they go in straight.
Step 6 - Straight Line
To keep your posts in a straight line, you will tie strings around each post at the top and this will show you if every post is even.
Step 7 - Placing Posts
You will need to measure the length between the first post and the corner. Then, place the post in to the ground and continue doing that with each post. Be sure to have your post at an angle of 90°. Once all are placed, remove the strings you used earlier.
Step 8 - Final Touches
Attach the end of the wire to first post using the baling wire or metal ties. Unroll the wire carefully and stretch it to the next post.