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How to Install Tension Wires (video 1 of 2)

Hello everyone, I’m Marco from Fenceshop, and today in our section “From Theory to Practice,” we will discover how to install the tension wires for fences. The video will be divided into two parts: in part 1 we will see how to lay the wires, while in part 2 we will learn how to tighten them. Let’s get started!

Required Materials

To tighten the tension wires, we will need:

  • Tension wire (an opened spool)
  • Turnbuckles (coated or galvanized)
  • Pliers
Fence Preparation

Let’s imagine a line of fence with a starting post, intermediate posts, and an end post. The standard situation requires that the wires be tightened section by section, stopping and starting again at each corner.

Laying the Central Wire

Let’s start with the central wire:

  • Measure the length of the wire needed, leaving an excess of about 20 centimeters.
  • Unroll the spool along the entire fence, ensuring you have sufficient wire.
  • Temporarily secure the wire in the hole of the post, working outside the holes meant for the central and lower wires.
  • Pass the wire in front of the intermediate posts and temporarily fasten it around the end post.
Closing the Wire

To close the wire:

  • Tighten the tension wire around the post as much as possible without bending it.
  • Create a “crank” with the wire, forming an L shape to help you twist it around the tension wire.
  • Wrap the wire uniformly, forming a constant loop.
  • Cut the excess wire using the pliers.

Repeat the same operation on the other side of the fence.

Laying the Other Wires

Proceed with the other two wires:

  • The top wire should be passed through the holes of the posts, as it needs to support the weight of the fence.
  • The central and lower wires should be left free outside the posts, so they can be positioned in the best spot once tightened.

We have correctly laid the tension wires. The top wire is passed through the holes in the posts, while the central and lower wires are free to be moved. This will allow us to position the mesh optimally, preventing it from sagging in the middle.

That’s all for this video. In part 2, we will see how to tighten the wires using the turnbuckles. Thank you for following us, and we invite you to subscribe to our channel and visit our websites and for more information. See you soon, bye!

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