Tool Spotlight: The Fence Stretcher

Fence Stretcher

Stretching a new fence into place at the Chester Ave Community Garden

This is one of those tools that really illustrates the value of the tool library.  Until you need to put up a chain link fence, you probably have no idea it exists.  You’ll only ever use one once or twice, so it would be a shame to have to buy it for yourself.  Enter the Tool Library!

It’s a pretty straightforward tool to use.  Insert a fencing tension bar into the end of the fence fabric.  Attach the fence stretcher to the bar.  Pull on the stretcher with a come along winch or a ratcheting tie down (both available at the tool library).  Once the fence is tight, tie it in place with fencing wire ties.

The photo shows the stretcher in action, putting in a new fence at the Chester Ave Community Garden on Saturday.

Posted in Featured Tools, Member project

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