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Ultimate Guide to Repairing a Barbed Wire Fence: Watch on YouTube

April 10, 2024 | by Debbie Page

Learn how to effectively repair a barbed wire fence by watching this informative YouTube tutorial.

Understanding the Importance of Proper Fence Maintenance

Proper fence maintenance is crucial for ensuring the longevity and functionality of your barbed wire fence. Regular maintenance helps to identify any issues or damages early on, preventing them from becoming more severe and costly to repair. By understanding the importance of proper fence maintenance, you can ensure the safety and security of your property.

One of the key reasons why proper fence maintenance is important is to preserve the fence's structural integrity. Over time, barbed wire fences can experience wear and tear due to weather conditions, animal activity, or accidental damage. Regular inspection and maintenance allow you to identify weak spots, broken strands, or loose posts, which can be promptly repaired to prevent further damage.

Also, proper fence maintenance helps deter unwanted intruders and secure your property. A well-maintained barbed wire fence acts as a physical barrier, discouraging trespassers and protecting your assets. By regularly inspecting and repairing your fence, you can ensure that it remains an effective deterrent against unauthorized entry.

Lastly, proper fence maintenance can save you money in the long run. By addressing minor repairs early on, you can prevent them from escalating into major issues that require costly repairs or even complete fence replacement. Regular maintenance also extends the lifespan of your fence, delaying the need for a full replacement.

Overall, understanding the importance of proper fence maintenance is essential for any barbed wire fence owner. By implementing regular inspection and maintenance routines, you can extend the lifespan of your fence, enhance its functionality, and ensure the security of your property.

Now, here's the innovative way to repair a barbed wire fence. How simple is this?

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Tools and Materials Needed for Repairing a Barbed Wire Fence

Repairing a barbed wire fence requires a few essential tools and materials to ensure a successful repair. Before you begin the repair process, gather the following items:

1. Pliers: Pliers are necessary for bending and twisting the wire during the repair process. Choose pliers with a comfortable grip and strong jaws.

2. Wire cutters: Wire cutters are essential for cutting the barbed wire strands. Opt for sturdy wire cutters that can handle the thickness of the wire.

3. Fence stretcher: A fence stretcher is used to tighten the wire and ensure it is properly tensioned. This tool is especially useful when repairing a broken strand or tightening loose sections.

4. Gloves: It is important to wear gloves to protect your hands from the sharp barbs on the wire. Choose gloves that provide a good grip and offer sufficient protection.

5. Replacement wire: Depending on the extent of the damage, you may need to replace a section or multiple strands of the barbed wire. Ensure you have enough replacement wire on hand.

6. Fence clips or staples: Fence clips or staples are used to secure the wire to the fence posts. Make sure you have an adequate supply of these fasteners.

7. Hammer: A hammer may be required to drive in fence staples or to make adjustments to the fence posts.

By having these tools and materials ready, you can efficiently repair your barbed wire fence and ensure a secure and functional result.

Step-by-Step Guide to Repairing a Broken Barbed Wire Strand

Repairing a broken barbed wire strand requires a systematic approach to ensure a proper and long-lasting repair. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you through the process:

1. Assess the damage: Start by inspecting the fence to identify the exact location and extent of the damage. Determine whether the wire needs to be repaired or replaced.

2. Remove the damaged wire: Use wire cutters to carefully remove the damaged section of wire. Be cautious of the sharp barbs and wear protective gloves.

3. Prepare the replacement wire: Cut a new piece of barbed wire slightly longer than the section you removed. Use pliers to bend one end into a loop, which will make it easier to attach to the fence posts.

4. Attach the replacement wire: Place the looped end of the replacement wire around one of the fence posts and secure it using fence clips or staples. Pull the wire tightly and attach the other end to the remaining post.

5. Ensure proper tension: Use a fence stretcher to tighten the wire and ensure it is properly tensioned. This step is crucial for maintaining the integrity and effectiveness of the fence.

6. Trim excess wire: Once the wire is securely attached and tensioned, use wire cutters to trim off any excess length. Be careful not to leave any sharp edges.

7. Test the repair: Give the repaired section a gentle tug to ensure it is secure and properly tensioned. Check for any signs of weakness or loose connections.

By following these step-by-step instructions, you can effectively repair a broken barbed wire strand and restore the functionality of your fence.

Incorporating Safety Measures During the Repair Process

Repairing a barbed wire fence involves working with sharp objects and potentially hazardous materials. It is crucial to prioritize safety during the repair process to prevent injuries. Here are some safety measures to incorporate:

1. Wear protective gear: Always wear appropriate personal protective equipment, including gloves, safety glasses, and sturdy footwear, to protect yourself from potential injury.

2. Use caution with sharp objects: Handle wire cutters and pliers with care, as they have sharp edges. Avoid placing your fingers on the wire's barbs to prevent cuts or punctures.

3. Secure the work area: Make sure the area where you are repairing the fence is clear of obstacles and tripping hazards. Keep children and pets away from the work area to prevent accidents.

4. Work in daylight or well-lit conditions: Repairing a fence in low-light conditions increases the risk of accidents. Choose a time of day when there is sufficient natural light or use artificial lighting to ensure good visibility.

5. Be mindful of your surroundings: Note any overhead power lines or other potential hazards in the vicinity of the fence. Keep a safe distance to avoid accidents or electrocution.

6. Take breaks and stay hydrated: Fence repair can be physically demanding. Remember to take regular breaks and stay hydrated to prevent fatigue and maintain focus.

By incorporating these safety measures, you can minimize the risk of accidents and injuries while repairing your barbed wire fence.

Tips for Preventing Future Damage and Extending the Lifespan of Your Fence

Preventing future damage to your barbed wire fence is essential for maintaining its longevity and functionality. Here are some tips to help you protect your fence and extend its lifespan:

1. Regular inspection and maintenance: Schedule regular inspections to identify any issues or damages early on. Promptly address any broken strands, loose posts, or weak spots to prevent further damage.

2. Clear vegetation around the fence: Overgrown vegetation can put pressure on the wire, leading to damage or strain. Regularly trim any plants or bushes growing near the fence to maintain proper clearance.

3. Protect against animal activity: Animals, such as livestock or wildlife, can cause damage to a barbed wire fence. Install additional deterrents like electric wires or wildlife-friendly fencing to prevent animal-related damage.

4. Reinforce weak spots: Areas that are prone to damage, such as corners or gates, should be reinforced with additional support. Use sturdy posts, braces, or tensioning devices to enhance the strength of these vulnerable sections.

5. Apply rust-resistant coatings: Barbed wire fences are exposed to the elements, making them susceptible to rust and corrosion. Apply rust-resistant coatings or paint to protect the wire and prolong its lifespan.

6. Monitor fence tension: Regularly check the tension of the wire to ensure it is adequately tightened. Loose or sagging sections can compromise the effectiveness of the fence and make it more prone to damage.

By following these preventive measures, you can minimize future damage to your barbed wire fence and significantly extend its lifespan.

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Topics: barbed wire, repair a barbed wire fence

Should I Build or Buy a Pre-Built Rabbit Cage?

December 5, 2019 | by Debbie Page

Rabbit behind mesh cage

A Safe Cage for Your Rabbit

Safety is the most important priority when building and buying rabbit cages. We specifically sell and recommend materials that keep rabbits safe. This article includes information on ready-made rabbit cages shipped from Pennsylvania. It also includes two materials that are safe for building your own rabbit cages from scratch:

                                                                         1. Baby Saver

                                                                         2. Welded Wire Mesh

Customized Rabbit Cages: DIY Rabbit Cage Materials

The Baby Saver (or Protecting Your Kit)

Baby Saver is designed specifically for protecting kits (baby rabbits) in rabbit cages. Unlike standard welded wire mesh which has a 1” x 2” mesh for the entire width, this wire mesh has a ½” x 1” mesh for the bottom 4” which prevents kits from falling or being pulled through the cage. Even though baby saver wire is more expensive than the standard wire used for rabbit cages, the cost is more than worth it to prevent the loss of kits. After all, what good is a rabbit cage if it does not protect the kits?

Baby saver is welded from 14 gauge wire and is available in both GAW (Galvanized After Weld) and GBW (Galvanized Before Weld) finish. The GAW wire will last far longer than the GBW. After the welding process, the mesh is drawn through a bath of molten zinc. The weld spots and wires are thoroughly protected from rust and corrosion. Although more expensive initially, you will save the expense and hassle of replacement.


Dimensions and Planning

Rolls are 18” x 100’. The bottom 4” has a mesh opening of ½” x 1” and the top 14” has a mesh opening of 1” x 2”. It is made of 14 gauge galvanized steel wire for strength and security. Protect your kits from untimely death by choosing baby saver wire so you and your rabbits can enjoy peace of mind! Your Mama rabbits will thank you!

Welded Wire Mesh: Various Possibilities

Although Baby Saver is specified for rabbit cages, there are other options. You can get creative and use what is generally known as welded wire mesh. Welded wire mesh can be used to make rabbit cages and hutches in all shapes in sizes. In other words, you can customize your cages in any way you want. Welded wire mesh in the 16 gauge, ½" x 1" is the ideal mesh size to use for flooring. Widths available - 12", 15", 18", 24", 30", 36", 48", 60" and 72". Galvanized After Weld finish is recommended due to its ability to stand up to the corrosive effects of rabbit urine. The 14 gauge, 1" x 2" mesh is the perfect size for the sides and top. Galvanized Before Weld wire can be used for these panels to save money if needed. These products will keep your rabbits (and other small animals) safe and secure.

Remember that domesticated rabbits have lost some of their ability to cope with life outside and it is preferable that they are kept indoors. A hutch left outside is vulnerable to attack by predators; for example, a raccoon can reach in and do damage. It also must be noted that simply the approach of a predator can cause a heart attack as a rabbit has no capacity to run or hide. Such as in this questionable scenario:

 rabbit on grass in mesh surround

If you have other animals, other meshes are also available that can be used to make cages and pens for larger animals such as:

Be sure to check the Louis Page website for sourcing a huge variety of animal enclosures.

Rabbit Wire

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Topics: welded wire mesh, cages, baby saver, galvanized after, GAW

Cross Fence

March 22, 2018 | by Debbie Page

cows in pasture during twilight

What's a Cross Fence?

Cross fences are built inside a large fenced-in area dedicated to either grazing livestock or growing forage. These fence lines divide the large area, already enclosed with a perimeter fence, into smaller pastures. A cross fence can be electric, permanent, or a combination of the two. The electric fence, using either one or two strands of wire, is easier and less expensive to build. Less bracing is required.

The Separation of Cattle

A permanent fence, which is usually made with three or four strands of barbed wire, requires bracing to maintain proper tension. The type of fence chosen depends on the livestock it will contain. If the fence needs to separate cattle, a permanent fence is recommended. An electric fence is appropriate for sheep, calves or yearlings.

Brown Cow on Grass Field

Some Basics

Q: What is the purpose of a cross fence?

A: To separate areas contained within a perimeter fence.

Q: When is a cross fence used?

A: Most often in grazing areas for rotating livestock to prevent over-grazing or uneven grazing. 

Q: What are the benefits and advantages of using a cross fence?

A: Protecting paddocks: bald or over-grazed areas can become subject to weeds and noxious plants, while excessive growth in under-grazed areas become less palatable and less nutritious.

Q: What are some other uses?

A: Separating livestock by sex, age, and breeding status or for other reasons. Keeping livestock away from crops or treatment of areas, such as the application of fertilizers.

Here's an excellent demonstration by a very knowledgeable rancher:


 Farm and Field Fence

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Topics: fence, field fence, farm fence

How Welded Wire Fencing Materials Are Made

March 8, 2018 | by Debbie Page

Automation Wonders

Have you ever considered how wires are welded into a mesh? What kind of machine can do that? What does it look like? How fast is the process? How can individual wire be fastened together securely and turned into the mesh that we know and love? Here you go!

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Topics: welded wire mesh, welded wire fence

Hex Netting Black Vinyl Coated 1-inch Mesh Chicken Wire

March 1, 2018 | by Debbie Page

black vinyl coated hex mesh graphic

Flexible, Lasting, and Good-Looking

Hexagonal netting (aka chicken wire) that is vinyl coated will last a long time. After the 20 gauge galvanized wire is woven into a 1" hex mesh the roll is completely coated with a tough, flexible, tightly bonded layer of black PVC. There are UV inhibitors in the vinyl that protect it from sunlight degradation. Not only is the coating extremely resistant to cracking, chipping and weathering, but it is also unaffected by extremes of temperature.

Black vinyl coated chicken wire is highly resistant to rust and corrosion. The wire has double protection from both the galvanizing and the vinyl. Aesthetically pleasing, the black color helps the mesh blend in with the landscape, becoming virtually invisible. This long-lasting mesh works well in a wide variety of applications around the home or farm, such as bird pens and garden fence.

A Host of Benefits 

  • Choice of different heights
  • Vinyl coating gives longer life
  • Economical light weight fence
  • Excellent product for deer fence
  • Ideal for a variety of applications
  • Black color blends with background - virtually invisible

With So Many Uses

  • Rabbit fence
  • Chicken coops
  • Game bird flight pens
  • Deer fence - 84" and 90"
  • Small mesh garden fence
  • Tree and shrub protection
  • Nuisance animal exclusion
  • Ground wire to prevent digging animals
  • Mesh attached to split rail of ornamental fence to catch blowing leaves 
Black Vinyl Coated Hexagonal Netting 


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Topics: hex netting, vinyl coated wire

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