How to Use a Barbed Wire Fence Stretcher

Barbed wire fence in a field
  • 0.5-1
  • Beginner
  • 75-100
What You'll Need
Fence stretcher
Heavy duty pliers
What You'll Need
Fence stretcher
Heavy duty pliers

A barbed wire fence is erected in order to keep animals inside or outside of designated areas. Once erected, the barbed wire used in the construction of the fence should be stretched using a fence stretcher. Using the right amount of tension is important as a loose fence may allow an animal to find a way under or through the fence or even become entangled in it causing serious injury or even resulting in death, not to mention damage to the fence itself.

Step 1 - Check the Posts

Make sure that the fence posts, especially the corner posts have been set solidly into the ground.

Step 2 - Attach the Barbed Wire to the Post

rows of barbed wire against the backdrop of a blue sky

The barbed wire may now be looped around the corner or gate post then turned around on itself using the heavy duty pliers. This will anchor the wire to the post.

Step 3 - Attach the Fence Stretcher

The other end of the wire may now be inserted into the opening on the fence stretcher. The stretcher may now be attached to the pole at the end of the wire run.

Step 4 - Stretch the Wire

Using the ratchet on the fence stretcher, pull the wire until it has reached the desired tension.

Step 5 - Attach the Other End of the Wire

Take up the loose end of the barbed wire and attach it to the end post in the same way as the start of the wire was attached. The fence stretcher may now be removed from the wire. Repeat the sequence for more wire strands.