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Securing the Fence Top

To provide support along the top of the fence use pvc-coated steel tie wire. This black 13.5 gauge steel tie wire improves the fence's appearance and strengthens it against the blandishments of would-be climbing dogs. This wire should be applied at the top of the fence in short runs roughly 60 feet long or less. Start at some chosen corner, gate, or end post and proceed some 60 feet or until another corner, end, or gate post is reached. Terminate the run at that post and start another.

These runs of tie wire cannot cross gates, and they should not go around corners, because then they will wear at the corners. So calculate the number of runs by starting at a corner and going about 60 feet or until you reach the first corner, gate, or end. Stop the run at that point and start a new one.

Installing  the Tie Wire

13.5 gauge pvc-coated steel tie wire does not stretch, and it does not need to be applied under high tension. Simply pass one end of the tie wire around one anchor post, wrap it around itself a few times to form something that looks like a small hangman's knot, proceed to the other anchor post (at the other end of the run), pull the wire tight enough to run straight and support the fence, cut the wire, and wrap the cut end around the incoming wire several times to form another small hangman's knot. Be sure to leave enough excess wire at one of these knots so that the knot can be undone and the wire pulled a bit tighter later if more tightness is needed to support the fencing.


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