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Original Post: Removing razor wire

lhpdiver - Member

We live on a peripheral lot of our community. When we purchased our house there was (and still is) a section of razor wire maybe eight to 10 ft high, at the very point of our lot. It reaches up to the top of a chain linked fence. Recently, a new chain fence with a run of razor wire was installed on the (vacant) adjacent lot which really makes our razor wire unneeded. I was entertaining the idea of removing it. My research says it is very hard to cut. Any suggestions appreciated.

PJmax - Group Moderator

Any small bolt cutters can cut it but the real problem is in the handling of it as it is so sharp.

Norm201 - Member

I can't help but ask why you need razor wire? The only place I've seen it use is in prison fencing. Is it legal to use in your country on private land?

lhpdiver - Thread Starter

Razor wire is very very common here. It is the poor man's security solution. Rich folk have electrified fencing.

Our house is a little different. Two sides of the lot have steep walls. One side goes down about maybe 30-35 ft or so. That side has a view that goes on for about 50 miles or so.The other side goes up about the same (30-35 ft) distance. The community facing side is ornamental wrought iron fence which I think I (an old man) could climb over if I needed to. The last side, which until recently was susceptible to a security 'breach' has perhaps an eight foot tall stone wall capped by a six foot tall, bougainvillea covered, chain linked fence which is capped by some barbed wire and razor wire.

On our list of things to do is remove the chain linked fence and grow the stone wall another eight feet or so. I'll then have the wall topped off with a layer of cement with shards of glass embedded.

And we live in a gated community with 24/7 unarmed security and our house has a very modern security system (which I added). At 10:30 AM today a neighbor's gardening crew showed up to find someone in the back yard. The guy had apparently scaled two different razor wired fences! He left in a hurry when detected.

Norm201 - Member

Thanks for insight. I had no idea!

Esand1 - Member

I’ve handled concertina wire with chain mail anticut gloves I bought from a restaurant supply store and which most of the time I use to make sure I don’t cut my finger off with a mandolin.

That will protect your hands and if you’re careful that should be enough but watch out for your arms because that can cut through clothes like nothing. Eye protection probably wouldn’t be remiss either.

Esand1 - Member

a protective metal glove

Something like this, and I was able to cut it with relatively small bolt cutters.

lhpdiver - Thread Starter

Thank you.

lhpdiver - Thread Starter

I've put in some time shopping the internet for a decent pair of gloves - mostly Amazon (and Amazon Mexico). It is amazing the range of opinions you can find for the same item. Anywhere from "Excellent!" to "A piece of junk."

Removing the wire (which is all I want to do) has to be a lot easier than installing it. I am almost tempted to simply put on my heavy duty canvas garden gloves and one at a time snip each loop of wire. I'd probably have to cut in into pieces to throw it in the trash anyway.

Hal_S - Member


Removing the wire (which is all I want to do) has to be a lot easier than installing it.

CAUTION - never, NEVER cut razor wire UNTIL YOU SECURE IT.

Imagine standing on a ladder and cutting a stretched slinky—you are cutting a spring that is under tension and can snap back with VERY nasty consequences.

Actually, you are cutting a razor-sharp spring that is designed to dig into flesh.

A spring that has been stretched and twisted/coiled and can jump out and hurt you.

Throw a few towels over the razor wire to keep it from snapping back when you cut it, or use zip-ties every few feet to keep the coiled wire from snapping back.

lhpdiver - Thread Starter

Thanks. That makes a lot of sense.