How to Tie Rebar Wires

Updated February 21, 2017

Rebar, or reinforcing bar, is a metal framework that adds strength to concrete forms. It is installed before the concrete is poured. The size and type of rebar used depends on the application. Rebar is tied with wire to support it and hold it in place before pouring begins. For smaller jobs the rebar is tied manually with a twister rotary tying tool. For larger jobs an automatic tying tool is used. This reduces the likelihood of injury due to a repetitive action.

Wrap the wire around the two pieces of rebar and cut it, leaving about 2 inches of extra wire on either end of the bar.

Grab the ends of the wire with the twister rotary tool's jaws and pull its handle. The handle extends out and twists the wire. (The same task can also be accomplished with a set of pliers, but the wire will have to be twisted by hand.)

Tighten the wire until it is snug.

Adjust the torque dial on the tool to "0."

Turn the power switch to "on." Once the tool is turned on, do not place your hand near its rotating part.

Hold the tool at 45 degrees to the two perpendicular sections of rebar and place its "C" clamp around both bars.

Press the tool's trigger and hold it. The automatic rebar tying machine forces a wire around both bars, cuts it and twists it. Release the trigger after the twisting is finished. If the wire is too loose, increase the torque dial setting.

Things You'll Need

  • Twister rotary tying tool
  • Automatic rebar tying tool
  • Wire
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Bob White began his writing career in 2006. Working in sales, he was a technical writer tasked with responding to requests for proposal. White has a Bachelor of Arts in computer science and a diploma in home inspection. He has also worked in construction, landscaping and the pool industry for more than 15 years.