Mending a Barbed Wire Fence

What You'll Need
Fencing Sleeves
Crimping Tool

Chances are that your barbed wire fence carries out a very important function, whether it's for securitypurposes or to keep livestock or other animals from entering or escaping. If your barbed wire fence has deteriorated recently, you can easily mend them instead of replacing the entire fence.

Step 1 - Safety Preparation

Before you do anything, put on your gloves! Obviously, the fence is sharp so you'll want your hands to be well protected. The thickest pair of gloves you can find would be appropriate.

Step 2 - Stretching the Broken Wire

Take the two pieces of wire that have split and pull them together as close as you can. If you have one, use a fence stretcher to stretch the wire enough so that both ends overlap; an inch or two of overlap will make the repair job easier.

Step 3 - Applying the Fencing Sleeve

Fencing sleeves are easy to find and come in packs of 100 so you can always have a few around should you need them. Take your metal fencing sleeve and wrap it around where the two wires meet. You'll need to close the sleeve and make sure it's tight around the wires. The easiest tool to do this with is a crimping tool. The function of a crimping tool is to close, not to cut.

If you don't have that kind of tool available, you can use a set of pliers but be careful that they don't cut the sleeve. If you have more than one barbed wire fence or a very long one, you might want to think about investing in a crimping tool for future repairs.

Step 4- Splicing the Wire

Look closely at the wires sticking out from the fencing sleeve. Each piece should be made up of two smaller strands that are intertwined. If you need to use your pliers or crimping tool, do so. Otherwise, use your fingers to separate those smaller strands. You should now have two pieces of wire sticking out from each side of the fencing sleeve.

Step 5- Reconnecting the Wire

Take the pieces of wire that are sticking out from the fencing sleeve and wrap them tightly around the barbed wire to reconnect them. Wrap as tightly as you can and for added strength, take your first wire and wrap it clockwise around the barbed wire. Next, take the second wire on that same side and wrap it counter clockwise; repeat on the second side.

If there is still an excess of wire, cut it off with your pliers. If it is too long, the strength generated from your repair will be spread over too big a distance and could rip again or unravel.

Remember to keep a close eye on your barbed wire fence so that you can spot trouble quickly before anything turns into a major repair job. Not only do you need to look out for holes in the fence, but you also need to maintain tension in the wires as well as ensuring that the corners do not become too slack.