HOW TO PROPERLY STRETCH A FLEXIBLE MESH?
Your fence installation is on the right track! Once the posts are installed, you have to install the fence to complete the installation. Do not panic; you have already done most of the work, and this last step will finalize your work. To stretch a fence in the rules of the art, arm yourself with patience, precision, and above all, work in pairs!
What equipment should be needed to install and stretch a fence?
Before finalizing the installation of the fence, make sure you have the necessary materials:
- Tension wires: they are used to fix the mesh. The number of wires you need will depend on the height of the fence. We advise you to place a tension wire every 50 cm in height;
- Tension bars: they allow the mesh to be stretched without deforming it and are threaded into the end meshes;
- Tensioners: they allow tensioning wires to be tensioned. Provide one tensioner per row of wire. Position them near each corner, starter, and reinforcement post;
- Tie wires or staples: these two techniques attach the mesh to the tension wires. Today, the staple fastening system remains the most widely used.
To know: if you decide to install a flexible fence, it is essential to be in pairs. Indeed, if you are alone, you will not be able to obtain the right tension, which will make it possible to tension the mesh correctly. Now is the time to call on your friends to lend a hand!
Installing and stretching a fence: how to proceed?
Arm yourself with patience! It is essential to wait several days between the sealing of the posts and the installation of the fence. Indeed, put to the test by the tension wires during installation, the concrete must be perfectly dry before undertaking this last step.
Install turnbuckles and tension wires
Place the tension wires in the corner, intermediate, and reinforcement posts in the holes. From 1 meter in height, you will need to place intermediate wires between the two tension wires. We advise you to position them approximately every 50 cm;
- On each tension wire, fix a tensioner at each end, 20 cm from each corner post. If the length of your fence exceeds 25 m, we recommend that you place intermediate tensioners every 25 m;
- Using tensioners, also called stiffeners, tighten the wires, starting with the bottom one.
Install and tension the mesh
- Unroll the mesh;
- By passing it alternately below and above, thread a tension bar in the first meshes of the fence;
- With wire ties or staples, fix the tension bar to the starting post at different levels: top, middle, and bottom;
- Unroll the fence up to the final corner post;
- Cut the mesh where your fence ends, then thread a new tension bar through the last meshes of the mesh. Secure the tension bar to the post using staples or wire ties. To ensure the correct tension of the fence, we advise you to carry out this step in pairs.
- Every 50 cm, attach the grid in staggered rows to each tension wire with staples. This solidifies the installation.
The installation of your fence is now complete! You can now check the aesthetics and make some adjustments if necessary.
Tip: if you have trouble stretching a very long fence, you should add additional tension bars about 50 cm from the corner posts, as well as intermediate tensioners. For a perfect finish, you can use tension pliers, which will allow you to fine-tune the tension of your fence.
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