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Old 03-28-2008, 04:23 PM
 
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Ok, for those of you who have not done much work with barbed wire fencing this will not make an ounce of sense. For those true Montanans who have worked with this evil wire, I'm hoping you can help me out.

I plant my brace posts (H-posts) every few hundred feet; I always run several laps in an X then I use a stick or a short re-bar to crank it tight. Here's the question, I have heard one can make a square in the center of the H-post bracing with the wires you are using to tighten it all down. Anybody know how this is done???
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Old 03-28-2008, 05:50 PM
 
Location: LEAVING CD
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I'm sorry, the only thing I know of that evil stuff was what I learned when I ran into and fell into a roll of it at a horse show I was working at when I was a kid. Haven't wanted to mess with it since...
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Old 03-28-2008, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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AQHA,

I've put in a lot of miles of barb wire fence. But I have no idea of what your talking about.

What are you trying to accomplish? Tighter bracing/better bracing? Are horses your only concern or are you planning on other critters?
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Old 03-29-2008, 12:14 AM
 
Location: SW Montana
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I have fenced a bunch and can't recall ever seeing this. Somehow you'd still have to have a cross brace in there to keep from drawing the posts in towards each other. Piqued my interest, though, and I may have to spend some time looking and visiting a couple old-timers who will gladly dispense wisdom for cold beer.

One great resource for fencing and general gate-making, and for that matter an astonishing array of ranch and farm ideas and helpful hints, is "The Revised Horseman's Scrapbook" by Randy Steffan. It's a Western Horseman book, and it is the best $15 I ever spent on a "handy hints" type of book. It would be well worth twice the price.
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Old 03-31-2008, 12:58 PM
 
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Rangerider, I have that book, it is a good one. Tons of great ideas.

Elkhunter, I run the horses out there but this field will mostly be for beef. I have had real good luck with the bracing I described above, I just had a guy telling me he had seen the braces done this way so I though I'd give it a try if I could find anyone who knew how it was done. I will have to keep my eyes out and see if I can see any around that are done this way.

Speaking of fencing I've noticed that some of my barbed wire fencing has stretched of broken under the drifts. To prevent this I will have to place my t-posts a lot closer I guess.
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Old 03-31-2008, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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On these stretched area's, is it pulling staples out?

Where I grew up, we had one end of a pasture that drifted more then anywhere on the place. Along that stretch we put in H braces about every 150 ft. Then, in order to keep from pulling staples, about every 5th post, we didn't simply staple, but we wrapped around 3 times and stapled. Even if the posts in the middle pulled staples, it wouldn't pull on that one.
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Old 04-06-2008, 03:27 PM
 
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I use t-posts between my h-braces, but what you mentioned is just what I'll do. In addition to that I'm going to add a few solid wood posts in with the t-posts.

My wife and I got out just before x-mas and did a little tightening of the barbed wire fences but it was cold so the wire has relaxed some now that it is getting warmer.
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