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Frequently Asked Questions

All your Fencing Questions Answered

Our expert staff are fencing fanatics! We’re passionate about fencing, and our first priority is making sure your fencing project is successful and that you’re satisfied with the complete Bekaert fencing experience.

To help you tap into the knowledge of our team of fencing professionals, we’ve developed an information library of frequently asked questions to help your fence project succeed.

Post spacing is important because it provides the framework for your fence perimeter. Spacing differs based on fence type and will also vary with land conditions and livestock pressure on the fence. Below are some general requirements.

  • Barbed Wire, high tensile = up to 30’ w/fence stays
  • Barbed Wire, low carbon = 12-15’
  • Fixed Knot, high tensile = up to 30’
  • Field Fence, high tensile = up to 16.5’
  • Field Fence, low carbon = 8’
  • Non-Climb Fence, high tensile = up to 12’
  • Non-Climb Fence, low carbon = 8’ 
  • Smooth Wire, high tensile = up to 30’ w/battens 
  • Smooth Wire, low carbon = 20’

You may need to strip off knots and stay wires to have enough loose wire to tie when tying off your fence to end posts or corner posts during fence installation. You’ll need a pair of cutting pliers and flat blade pliers. Instead of cutting the knot at each corner, watch this video on how to quickly and easily strip your fixed knots and top wrap knot.

You may need to strip off knots and stay wires to have enough loose wire to tie when tying off your fence to end posts or corner posts during fence installation. You’ll need a pair of cutting pliers and flat blade pliers. Watch this quick video to learn the best way to strip hinge joint knots from your field fence. 

You may need to strip off knots and stay wires to have enough loose wire to tie when tying off your fence to end posts or corner posts during fence installation. You’ll need a pair of cutting pliers and flat blade pliers. Watch this quick video to learn the best way to strip S knots from your non-climb horse or sheep and goat fence. 

A hand tied slip knot is a great option for tying off line wires of high tensile woven wire or high tensile smooth wire. Working with high tensile wire can be intimidating, watch this video for tips on how to tie a slip knot.

Yes! You should never hard staple your wire but rather loose staple. By "loose staple" we mean leave some space between the staple, the wire, and the post. You don't want to drive the staple into the wire. You want the wire to be able to move if needed. Wire expands and contracts with temperature change and also needs to be free to move under the staple so the brace takes the impact and not the stapled post.

There are specific techniques used in the industry to tension high tensile fixed knot fences. The important thing to remember is that high tensile fence does not need as much tensioning as low carbon fencing does. Over-tensioning high tensile fence can cause breakage in the wire and serious injury. If properly done, once you tension a high tensile fence the initial time, no further tensioning is needed.

Our Fence Pros tension the fence by using stretcher bars and stretcher bar pullers with chains. Our How to Tension a High Tensile Fence video gives you a good demonstration of the proper way to tension your fence. 

A Gripple wire joiner is a device used to join, splice and tension wire as well as terminate wires. The name derives from the fact that the device both "grips" and "pulls" wire. If you look at the Gripple joiner, there are two holes on each end.  The wire goes into the hole without the blue piece.  Push it through the hole.  The wire that you are splicing to then goes into the other side hole.  Push both wires through the holes until you have your desired length. This completes the splice.

Watch this quick video on the proper way to use a Gripple wire joiner: Fencing Made Easy- Joining Woven Wire Fence

A Gripple T-Clip is a device used to quickly and easily tie off at the start or end of a fence or end post. These can be used with woven 14-10 gauge woven wire and 15.5 ga barbed wire (T-Clip 1) or with 10-7.5 gauge woven wire and 12.5 ga barbed wire (T-Clip 2).

To use a Gripple T-Clip you simply twist the T-Clip on the line wire and then push the tail wire through to engage the internal spring mechanism. Watch this quick video on the proper way to use a Gripple T-Clip .

Many products come with Gripple joiners pre-installed, you will need to cut these off of the first roll when you start your fence.  Simply cut the wire and pull the small piece through the Gripple joiner.  Save these for future splices and repairs.  Then you can tie off the end.

You may need to remove a Gripple wire joiner or T-Clip that is already installed. In this case, make sure your fence is NOT under tension. To release tension on your fence use a chain grab. You will need a Gripple release tool, this is the blue plastic piece with the wire sticking out.  If you look at the end of the Gripple, you will see a tiny hole where wire isn’t already inserted.  Insert the wire from the Gripple release tool into this hole and releases the Gripple. Again, save this for future splicing and repairs.

Braces are the most important element of your fence, the strength of your fence comes from your well built braces. There are many suitable styles and materials used to build a great brace. Check out these videos for the proper ways to build a fence:

For additional brace styles and materials, feel free to contact the Fence Pros directly

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