Posted 07-09-2002 at 12:42:39
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I have used them and still use them when necessary. I get mine from Premier Fencing in Iowa someplace. They work really well - hold as well as the crimp splice or better, and can be removed and reused multiple times. They also do not need any special tools so I can fix a broken wire without having any extra tools.
Now for the rest of your question: To use them, you just twist one half of the twist tie around one end of the wire, then butt the other loose end up to the wire (in the middle of the twist tie) and wrap the twist tie around it. HUH? Did that make sense? Anyway, in the end, the wires are butted up against eachother with one half of the twist tie on each wire. The ends of the wires do not overlap. As the tension increases, the twist tie gets tighter - just like the old time chinese handcuffs.