Some tools are uniquely adaptable to working with barbed wire and make the installation or repair of barbed wire fencing easier to complete. Barbed wire has been around for decades, and folks who make frequent use of barbed wire have had a great deal of time in which to perfect tools that are designed specifically for working with the wire. The same tools work well for installing a new barbed wire enclosure or for making repairs to the barbed wire of an existing fence.
Site Preparation Tools
It is possible to lay out strands of barbed wire by yourself, but a pair of stout work gloves and a barbed wire fencing tool referred to as a "wire dispenser" will help you to protect yourself from tearing your clothes, cutting your hands and pulling some back muscles. A wire dispenser attaches to a roll of barbed wire and allows one person to move the roll wherever needed and feed out a strand of wire along a proposed fence line.
A tool designed for driving metal T-posts into the ground is known as a "post driver. " This is basically a heavy metal sleeve with two attached handles that slips over the top of the T-post and dropped, with force, driving the post into the earth. When you intend to attach barbed wire to wooden posts, a pointed shovel and a hand-operated post hole digger are the recommended tools of choice.
Wire Stringing Tools
A fence clamp tool grips and securely holds barbed wire strands, allowing the wire to be "stretched" with a ratcheted tool called a "come-along." Working the handle on the come-along tightens and maintains tautness on the wire while the wire is attached to the posts. An extremely important tool used when stringing barbed wire is referred to as a pair of "fence pliers." This is an all-purpose tool that cuts wire, crimps ferrules and wire sleeves, and hammer's staples.
A post and stake remover tool is extremely helpful when you need to pull up bent or broken T-post. It offers one-man use and allows you to pull bent or faulty posts out of hard-packed soil in a single operation. A bubble-level tool will help to make sure fence posts are straight and plumb. Two other useful tools are a pair of slip-joint pliers and a pair of long-nosed locking pliers.
- Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension: Fencing Materials for Livestock Systems
- Tractor Supply Company: Fencing Tools
- American Fence and Supply: How to Install High Tensile Barbed Wire, Field Fence and Double Loop
- "Fences, Gates, and Bridges And How to Build Them"; George A. Martin; 2008
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