Barbed Wire Installation

Ever wondered how to install a barbed wire? Below is a complete guide with detailed instructions on how to do it yourself.


STEP 1: Safety First!


  • Make sure you are equipped with protective eyewear, heavy duty gloves, boots, and clothing that prevents serious lacerations.
  • Work with a partner to make the job safer and easier.


STEP 2: Posts and Spacing


  • Place the posts approximately 2 – 2.5 meters apart from each other.
  • At least 1/3 – 1/2 of the post height should be below ground level.
  • Make sure the posts are properly cemented or pounded into the ground before tensioning the wire.
  • Note: you can use both wooden or metal posts, however in the instructions below you’ll find wooden ones.


STEP 3: Mark the Posts


  • Mark where each strand of wire should be on the posts. 
  • You can also mark the intermediate posts at the same height as the corner and starting posts to make your job easier.


STEP 4: Tie Barbed Wire to the First Post


  • Starting from the bottom, fasten the first strand of barbed wire to the starting post at the appropriate height.
  • Hook the wire around the post, twist it back and wrap it around itself 4-5 times to hold the tension.
  • Carefully start unrolling the barbed wire until the corner / end post.


STEP 5: Tie Radisseur to the Post


  • Once you’re at the first corner post / end post, use a piece of wire to tie the radisseur to the post at the same height level as the first line of barbed wire.
  • Cut the first line of barbed wire where the post is, leaving an extra 10 cm.
  • Attach the loose end to the radisseur by weaving it through the pin hole located at the middle of it.


STEP 6: Tension the Barbed Wire


  • Tension the barbed wire with a wrench by twisting the pin on the radisseur in a clockwise direction.
  • Use only one hand when stretching it. 


STEP 7: Staple the Wire


  • Once the first strand of barbed wire has been attached to the end posts, staple it one by one to each intermediate post.
  • Start from the first post, keeping a consistent height at each one.
  • Staple the wire closely to the posts, but make sure to allow a little room for movement. 


STEP 8: Install the Rest of the Strands


  • Repeat the above steps for additional lines of barbed wire.
  • Make sure you keep a consistent tension on the wire.


  1. Good Morning, we need barb wire to be installed on the roof of our premises at Epping.

    1. Hi Luke,

      Thanks for the feedback, it means a lot to us! 🙂

      We’re glad you’ve found the guide useful and we hope that some of our other guides are going to be helpful as well.

      Wishing you a great day!

      Kind regards,


  2. Hi Michael,

    Yes you can by going from post to post, tightening the barbed wire by hand and wrapping it around each individual post.

    You will then need to staple it to keep it in place.

    Hope this is helpful.


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