How to Tighten Wire in Mesh Fencing

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How to Tighten Wire in Mesh Fencing
Losing tension in the wire mesh is a common problem in fencing. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Chain-link fences must have a tense wire mesh running along the posts, or the fence is worthless. Unfortunately, sagging mesh material between the posts is a common issue. Leaning posts, heavy objects slamming into the mesh and heavy winds can cause the tension to slack in the mesh. Repairing the fence wire tension may look like a professional job, but with the right tools you can accomplish this task in an afternoon with minimal physical exertion.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Tension bars
  • Tension bands
  • Pliers
  • Socket wrench
  • Rope
  • Fence puller

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  1. 1

    Slide a tension bar vertically at one end of the fence. Secure the bar to the terminal post using five equally spaced tension bands. Tighten them with a pair of pliers.

  2. 2

    Slide another tension bar through the fencing at alternating links through the middle of the fence mesh 20 feet away from the final terminal post in the fence line.

  3. 3

    Tie the top of the fence wire to the top post of the fence every 20 feet, using rope.

  4. 4

    Attach the single-hooked side of the fence puller to the terminal post and the multiple-hook side of the tension puller to the other hooks of the tension bar.

  5. 5

    Move the crank on the fence puller, using a socket wrench to pull the fencing tight. The fencing should move no more than a 1/4 inch when squeezed by hand once it's properly tensioned.

  6. 6

    Add another tension bar at the final terminal post where the wire is tense. Apply five tension bands from the tension bar to the post.

  7. 7

    Attach the stretched fencing to each post along the line with tie wires to keep the fencing in place, and then remove the fence puller.

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