How to Tension a Chicken Wire Fence

 

Below you will find out how to easily tension chicken wire to wooden fence poles manually or with a rachet.  This guide will assume that you have your posts already placed and securely in the ground.

 

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  • DIY Experience Required: Medium
  • Tools Required: Chicken Wire, Hammer, staples (or industrial staple gun), ratchet tensioner (or broom handle).
  • Materials Required: Posts, chicken wire.

 

 

CONTENTS

  • Preparation
  • Ratchet Tensioning
  • Manual Tensioning With Help
  • Manual Tensioning Without Help
  • Additional FAQ’s

 

 

Preparation

  1. Ensure that your posts are driven deep enough into the ground to prevent them sagging under the force of the tension.
  2. Ensure the chicken wire is attached firmly to your first post using staples.  From here the chicken wire can be pulled tight to each of the following posts.

 

 

Ways to Tension

Tensioning the chicken wire between posts can be accomplished by one of two ways:

  1. Ratchet Tensioning
  2. Manual Tensioning (with & without help)

 

 

Ratchet Tensioning

This process uses a ratchet tool to pull the chicken wire tight between posts.

 

STEP 1) Attach the Rachet

  • Attached one end of the ratchet to the wooden post that you have not yet attached the chicken wire
  • The other end of the rachet usually has two anchor points should be attached to the chicken wire

 

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STEP 2) Tighten the Chicken Wire

  • Double check that the chicken wire is firmly attached to your first post
  • Use the long ratchet handle and the ratchet will progressively tighten the chicken wire.
  • Tension can be applied to it until the chicken wire is tight enough to be fixed to the second post. Take care to ensure that the force doesn’t apply too much tension as you can distort the chicken wire.

 

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STEP 3) Staple the Chicken Wire to the Post

  • Now use the same staples that you used to attach the chicken wire to the first post to the second post.

 

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STEP 4) Rinse & Repeat

Now simply use the same technique to work your way around the remaining posts.

 

 

Manual Tensioning With Help

Manual tensioning can be carried out in a similar way using someone to help tension instead of using a ratchet.

 

STEP 1) Attach a Broom Handle

  • Thread a piece of wood such as a broom handle through the chicken wire holes so that it allows your helper to grip and pull the chicken wire tight.

 

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STEP 2) Pull the Broom Handle & Staple the Chicken Wire to the Post

  • One person should pull the broom handle so the chicken wire is tight
  • The second person can staple the chicken wire to the post

 

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STEP 3) Rinse & Repeat

Now simply use the same technique to work your way around the remaining posts.

 

 

Manual Tensioning on Your Own

It may not always be possible to have a second person to help apply tension, and you may have to do this yourself.

 

STEP 1) Stretch the Chicken Wire Past the Post

  • Stand just past the post that doesn’t have the chicken wire attached to it
  • Using gloves slide your fingers into the holes in the middle of the chicken mesh roll
  • Pull it firmly to stretch the chicken wire across past the post that isn’t attached to the chicken wire.

 

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STEP 2) Staple the Chicken Wire to the Post

  • Attach the wire to this post using the staples as on the primary post.
  • Move your hands down to the edge of it and stretch the wire again by pulling away from the center and away from the previous fence post. Attach that section of wire to the post too.
  • Continue this process until that fence post or piece of the frame is complete, stretching the wire netting and attaching it to your posts.

 

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STEP 3)  Rinse & Repeat

Now simply use the same technique to work your way around the remaining posts.

 

 

Additional FAQ’s

  • Securely Fitting Fence Posts

 

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