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How to Retrieve an Already Positioned Tensioner

Hello everyone, I'm Marco from Fenceshop, our ecommerce specialized in fences and DIY. Today we will show you how to loosen and detach an already positioned and tightened tensioner. This is a question that our users often ask us, so we decided to make a video tutorial to answer all your curiosities.

You may need to loosen a tensioner for various reasons: maybe we've tightened it too much, we made a mistake during installation, or perhaps a piece has broken and we want to replace it. Whatever the reason, it is possible to do it and today we will show you how.

Necessary Tools
  • Pliers
  • Wrench (optional)

For this tutorial, we will use our trusty pliers. Although the tensioner can be tightened with a wrench, pliers are more than sufficient for this job. We will show you step by step how to detach an already tensioned tensioner.


To start, take the pliers and head towards the part of the tensioner where it screws in. Make a strong grip with the pliers and, with a decisive movement, disengage it. Yes, it takes a bit of strength, but it is doable. Once disengaged, the tensioner will be loosened.

Now we show you the opposite movement: tightening the tensioner again. Place the tensioner as before and use the pliers to lever and re-engage the ratchet. This movement requires precision and a bit of strength, but it is simple once you understand the mechanism.

Technical Details

The secret lies in leveraging the cut of the tensioner where the ratchet catches. To disengage the ratchet, you need to apply opposite force, loosening the wire by hand and leveraging with the pliers. The movement to make is simple: a decisive lever to pop the ratchet out of the tensioner.

Repeat the procedure: take the tensioner's ratchet, leverage back and disengage. Once disengaged, you can re-tension it with the same reverse movement.

Important Considerations

Tensioners are low-cost accessories, not made of high-quality steel or special alloys. After performing this operation once or twice, the ratchet may start to wear out. So, even though it is possible to loosen and re-engage a tensioner, do not overdo it. If you find yourself needing to reposition it, remember that it is a feasible operation, but it should be done with care.

Every fence and every tensioner may have different features, but the goal remains the same: leverage to shift the catch mechanism with a bit of force. With patience and precision, you can do it.


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