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Stretching Fence
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EIEIO    Posted 07-08-2002 at 13:21:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well I just had my first stretching fence lesson. Dennis and I had to enlarge the pasture area for our sheep so we put up fencing. So there we were in ninety degree weather, sweating up a storm, me not smoking and we did it. We didn't even have one "discussion", the whole time. I have been asking him to do it for awhile now and I think he decided today was the day since he knew it would keep my mind off the smoking issue. It worked, came back in, showered and took a nap. That was work and we didn't even have the much fence to put up. The sheep are happy and eating away.

Scott Farquhar    Posted 10-08-2003 at 07:20:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I was wondering if someone can help me with chain link fence. I have a buddy who came to me today for advice on how to stretch his chain link fence, and I have no clue how to help him. He has the posts in, but the fence has been in a roll in his driveway for a week, because he doesn't know how to make it tight on the poles. Any advice?


Hal/WA    Posted 07-08-2002 at 19:13:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
It will be a tough few days for you, but YOU CAN DO IT! Then gradually you will be able to smell things you used to miss and your food will taste better. It might even let you live a bit longer and maybe without having to haul an Oxygen bottle around the last few years of your life. Quitting is not easy. JUST DON'T GIVE UP! I wish you and the others good luck -- it is worth it.

Now on the subject of fence stretching: Don't get the bright idea of pulling the wire tight with the tractor. It is surprising how much fence you can screw up with just one pull that doesn't work quite like you planned. I guess that is one way kids learn things. But never again!

Good luck with quitting smoking.

Dennis    Posted 07-09-2002 at 07:38:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thank you hal,
I was just laying in bed last night thinking how much easier it would be to strech the fence with my tractor.
I learn by others today.
Thanks again

Jerry S    Posted 07-09-2002 at 11:06:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
On the idea of the tractor, I have a little different spin on the idea. I set my tractor with brakes locked a few feet past the corner post and use a cable winch (come-a-long) chained to the tractor and then to the fence far enough back that I can work to wrap the corner without it being in the way. works nicely that way. Many times people pull against the corner post and have to fight with the puller. I would figure with sheep you would perhaps want some field fence rather than barbed wire as I hear the sheep are kind of tough to keep in while keeping the coyotes out sometimes.

Hal/WA    Posted 07-09-2002 at 22:32:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh yeah, pulling from the tractor as a stationary object using a come-along works good. It's when you get the bright idea of stretching a wire by pulling with the tractor and your foot slips off the clutch pedal, or some other fool thing, that you realize that it wasn't either as smart or fast as doing it the proper way. I once fixed fence for a day when the job should have taken an hour at the most because of that mistake. Sometimes the best learned lessons are when you really screw up!

hay    Posted 07-08-2002 at 15:25:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
just finished up some fence work this morning. your are so right about it being hot and humid. here in se texas if you don't get your work done by 11 am at the latest, it is best to leave it until next morning. just gets too blasted hot to be out there in the afternoon. hay cutting and baling is the only exception.

EIEIO    Posted 07-08-2002 at 18:20:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hay everytime I read one of your posts my heart goes out to you, having lived in TX you and I know that the hot and humid weather there is a way of life for at least nine months. If I would have been country instead of city in Texas I would have probable slept during the day and get me a miner's helmet and work at night. I don't know how you do it.

Gimpleg Fagon    Posted 07-08-2002 at 14:50:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mighty good, mighty good! You and ol Dennis is turnin' into right good hands. This time of year I like to do fence work and such early of a morning before 9AM or so. Sometimes, though, you can't let it wait.

Grove r    Posted 07-08-2002 at 18:59:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi, GF, EO, was gonna do a half mile along the road in front of my place, but it got so dang dry, I doubt if I could pound the posts in !!! Just started to rain this aft, so there still might be a chance.....Five wire, four" by seven foot posts at sixteen feet.........Fenced the perimeter of my brothers place the same way.....had a couple of the "big boys" come over to have a look see, quite impressed!!! took that as a real compliment!!!!!
Anywho, have a gooder, R.E.L.

Okie-Dokie    Posted 07-08-2002 at 18:38:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Well, good for you and Dennis! Now that you all have this fence building figured out, come on down. I have some that needs fixing too. And a great big pat on the back and a SAAALLLLUUUUTTTEEE to ya on staying on the wagon with this quitting tobacco buis. On another forum I post on (, there is a lady that went cold turkey too. She has an online support group that she uses for moral support. Go over there and ask for SusyJD and ask her what the addy is. she would be glad to tell you.

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