Setting up a paige wire fence

Our friend and Island neighbour invested in a set of solar power panels, then had urgent need for a paige wire fence.  The panels were erected in the midst of a field used for cattle grazing. Cows are curious creatures who like to rub, and who seek shade.

It was vital to get a protective fence erected fast.

Kyle took on the job, and his dad Ian agreed to help.

Kyle had previously cut and trimmed the main cedar poles for the posts, and for the braced corner posts. Digging the holes to sink these a minimum 3 feet deep took time. They used a chain saw to notch the corner posts for the fence to brace them securely, then tightened them with a wire, and ‘twitch’ – the smaller piece of wood used to twist the wire. [Good scrabble word]. They unrolled the fencing on the ground, then put an iron pry bar vertically woven through the end of the wire. This was attached to the tractor, then gradually tightened to gain sufficient tension. Metal U-shaped fence staples were then hammered into each post, over each wire, to hold that in place. The fencing was cut a few feet too long intentionally, and each individual wire trimmed, then wound around the corner posts.

The photo above shows Ian’s hand, using a handy tool – a piece of metal with a hole in it – that is perfect for winding the taut wire end around itself.

Our grandsons were with us for the evening, and did a great job, absorbing the action and entertaining themselves.