How to Tie Fence Wire


Tie high-tensile fence wire to an end post or splice two pieces together, using variations of the same knots you'd use for rope. The University of Minnesota Extension Service notes that tying saves the cost of using sleeves and a crimping tool, while producing a break strength 60 percent to 76 percent as strong as the wire itself. To wrap the wire tightly around itself, use a fence tool that allows the wire to slip through a narrow gap between the jaws or hold the wire loosely in a pair of regular pliers.

Things You'll Need

  • Fence tool or pliers
  • Wire cutters (optional)

Splicing Wire

  • Twist the first wire in a loop around the second wire, so the loop has an 18-inch tail.

  • Twist the end of the second wire in a loop around the first wire, so it also has an 18-inch tail. Make one loop clockwise and the other loop counter-clockwise, so the tails are sticking out in different directions.

  • Pull the two wires so the loops slide toward each other and touch.

  • Hold the pair of loops with pliers or wedge them in the claw of a hammer so they won't rotate. Twist each tail tightly around the main wire three or four times. Cut off the excess tails with wire cutters or by breaking them.

Tying Wire to a Fence Post

  • Wrap the wire once around the fence post, so you have at least 18 inches of wire beyond where the wire overlaps itself.

  • Wrap the tail of the wire under the main wire, up, around and down between the fence post and the wire loop.

  • Pull the tail away from the post and up to horizontal again.

  • Wrap the tail over the main wire and twist it tightly around the main wire at least three times. Cut off the excess with wire cutters or break it off.

Tips & Warnings

  • To break fence wire, bend it at 90 degrees, then hold it with pliers just beyond the bend and quickly jerk it back to straight again. "The wire will snap right off," according to the University of Minnesota Extension Service. "The faster you work the easier the wire is to break."

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