7-Tighten the Fence
TIGHTEN THE FENCE
- Attach the fence wire to the stretcher barsPosition a stretcher bar under the fence between 10 to 15 feet apart, depending on the length of the pull. Both fence ends require a stretcher bar. Align the stretcher bars so that they are parallel with and centered between the vertical stay wires. Position the horizontal line wires between the wedge retainers. Insert the wedges into the wedge retainers on top of the wires and drive each wedge home firmly to lock the fence fabric to the stretcher bar.
- Tighten the fenceAttach two stretcher bar pullers to one of the stretcher bars (use three bar pullers for eight-foot fencing). Clip the snap clips on the end of the stretcher bar puller’s chain to the pull lugs on the stretcher bar. Then clip the snap clip on the stretcher bar puller to the corresponding pull lug on the other stretcher bar. Pull the loose end of the chain to the stretcher bar puller and lock it into the jaws. You will tighten the fence by “walking” the jaws of the puller up the chain.
Continue tightening the fence. It will slowly be pulled upright.
Tighten the fence until it is relatively tight and stands straight up. If there are any dips or high spots in the fence line, be sure to pull the fence down or up as needed to ensure that the fence will trim correctly.
IMPORTANT: The correct tension is reached when approximately 50% of the crimp in the line wires has been pulled out.
Stand the fence up, then loosely tie or staple to hold it in place temporarily.
Crank the handle of the stretcher bar puller to begin tightening the fence.