Wire fence repair
The overall cost of fence post replacement generally includes removal and replacement of concrete footing for posts that have been reinforced in this manner, but it is uncommon for barbed wire fences except where it is made necessary by environmental factors. The cost also includes the new, pressure-treated post, hardware and labor.
Factors that influence the cost include the height of the fence, local labor costs and how many posts require replacement. Understandably, taller fences are more expensive to repair than shorter ones. Metal fence posts are common in some areas, and prices associated with these vary according to the source of the materials. Scrap metal sources tend to cheaper than home improvement stores. Additionally, labor costs can vary widely. Homeowners concerned about any of these factors, including material sources and labor costs, should request an itemized estimate from their contractor.
Fixing Broken Wire Using a Fence Stretcher
A fence stretcher can help mend a fence without the need of adding new wire; it results in a tighter, stronger fence. A stretcher works by gripping the wire, stretching it and holding it in place during repairs. Because working with barbed wire can present a mild hazard, potentially resulting in cuts to the hands or arms, holding the wire in place properly is crucial. Additionally, achieving the proper level of tension in the repaired wire is necessary to maximize the efficacy of the fence, especially if it is used to enclose livestock. A fence stretcher is an important tool for this.
The cost of repairs using a fence stretcher is generally low, but a certain degree of technical expertise is required to ensure a quality, lasting repair using this method. The primary costs here are labor and use of the tools needed for the job. If the fence requires splicing, additional expenses will come into play.
Replacing Missing Wire Using a Fence Stretcher and Splicing in New Wire
For a large-scale fence repair job, the cost can vary considerably. The barbed wire required for splicing is the cheapest component. The number of points on the barbs can influence this as well; most homeowners choose a two- or four-point design. For small repairs, such as a single fence section or just a few strands, wire can be purchased by the linear foot. It is important to remember that extra wire will be needed to wrap around the posts to secure the wire. Other costs include use of the fence stretcher, any hardware and labor.
To slice a new piece of barbed wire into an existing fence, generally a fence stretcher is required. The barbed wire can be hand-spliced together with pliers and some patience; however, many experienced fence-menders recommend using fencing sleeves. These are inexpensive pieces of metal through which the wire can be fed for a more secure splice. Heavy pliers and a crimping tool are useful implements to help with this process along with a quality pair of work gloves. The crimping tool squeezes the fence sleeve secure, after which the strands of wire should be separated and either twisted by hand or with the pliers. This type of fix should require less than an hour from start to finish, and it takes much less time with experience.
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