How to Stretch a Woven Wire Fence


Woven wire provides a durable fence when stretched properly. The material is an excellent choice for containing small livestock, such as goats or sheep, and can be used around yards to protect children and pets. Woven wire fences may need additional height to contain tall livestock, such as horses or cattle. This task can be accomplished by adding one or two strands of barbed wire above the top of a woven wire fence.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 2-by-4 boards, 4-feet-long
  • Come-along
  • Tie-wire
  • Secure the beginning of the roll of the woven wire to a corner post or gate opening. A corner post or gate post will have more bracing and will provide a good starting point for stretching a woven wire fence. Use tie wires to fasten to the post, beginning at ground level and working up along the post.

  • Unroll the woven wire to the next braced post.

  • Cut the wire from the roll with a minimum of two feet of extra length. Wrap the loose end of the woven wire around one of the 2-by-4s. Use the second 2-by-4 as a clamp to pinch the woven wire between the two boards. Use tie wire to secure the boards tightly to the woven wire.

  • Attach the come-along to the braced post and to the board, securing the end of the woven wire. Ratchet the come-along to stretch the woven wire.

Tips & Warnings

  • Some brands of woven wire have tension curves manufactured into them. The horizontal wires will have small tips between each vertical wire. When the fence is stretched properly, the tips will be reduced in half.

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