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Old 12-11-2008, 10:24 PM
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Earlier this fall I rolled back about 40' worth of chain link fence (4'). Earlier tonight I got to putting it back up.......what are my options on pulling it tight, I'm come up about 5" short.
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Slide a piece of bar stock though it at the end park your truck in line and hook a come-along to the ball on you truck and pull the fence tight.

You can also bolt two 2X4's [ sandwich the fence ] with 3 or 4 bolt's and do the same with the come-along.

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5" Don't sound to me like very much in 40' of chain link. But then again, I know very little about installing fences.
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I've used both methods described by welder. Be sure to pull evenly from top to bottom. I used rachet straps attached to the bar in 4 evenly spaced places. Hook all 4 straps to the come along and pull against your truck hitch ball or a tree.
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Use a come-along attached to a tree or something else solid. Distribute the load by attaching to multiple points on the fence.
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Mike 5" is a fair bit when I'm not able to get to the end of the fence to "pull"; really I can only work from the one side.

Les's idea was a given, but the problem with that is several fold. One, the end post of the chain link fence butts right up against a corner post for a wooden fence. The elevation difference between the chain link's end post and from where I would be pulling from with a truck......my truck would be a little bit more than twice as high. And to complicate that further I just planted a large 17' high Cedar tree right in the direct line between where the truck would be pulling from and the end post for the chain link fence.

Jeff I can't really use a hand cable winch to pull the chain fence with the wooden fence directly between the fence and the tree. Besides I hesitate to think the freshly planted cedar tree would continue to stand up straight after pulling on it.
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I used Welder's 'truck trick' to stretch some chain link once. Just as I got it in positon my neighbor showed up with his puller. He does landscaping and sometimes fencing. He was amazed so I guess he learned something that day. I still haven't figured out what good the puller would have been, the nearest tree is 50 feet away. lol

Garret, can you change the starting point and pull from the other direction? Depending on how well the intermediate posts are anchorred you could also stretch in in sections.
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Kamper - 12/12/2008 9:46 AM
..................I still haven't figured out what good the puller would have been, the nearest tree is 50 feet away. ...................
Borrow someones FORTRESS anchor Seriously, I have seen boat achors used to pull 4 wheelers out of a bog.
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Kamper - 12/11/2008 9:46 PM

Garret, can you change the starting point and pull from the other direction? Depending on how well the intermediate posts are anchorred you could also stretch in in sections.
The anchoring of the post certainly isn't an issue, crips the posts are down 4' and the cement plug is 6'.......the previous own did over kill on most things around here - more money then brains. Yah I was thinking I'd have to pull from the opposite direction. Never did consider pulling the fence in sections though.
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Garett - 12/12/2008 1:24 PM

Earlier this fall I rolled back about 40' worth of chain link fence (4'). Earlier tonight I got to putting it back up.......what are my options on pulling it tight, I'm come up about 5" short.
Tie a couple pit bulls to the chain link, put an innocent little girl in a Sunday dress 5 or 6 feet past the final pole.

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Eyeball - 12/12/2008 7:26 AM

Garett - 12/12/2008 1:24 PM

Earlier this fall I rolled back about 40' worth of chain link fence (4'). Earlier tonight I got to putting it back up.......what are my options on pulling it tight, I'm come up about 5" short.
Tie a couple pit bulls to the chain link, put an innocent little girl in a Sunday dress 5 or 6 feet past the final pole.


Do you think I need to smear peanut butter on her as well? ;?
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Garett - 12/13/2008 1:36 PM

Eyeball - 12/12/2008 7:26 AM

Garett - 12/12/2008 1:24 PM

Earlier this fall I rolled back about 40' worth of chain link fence (4'). Earlier tonight I got to putting it back up.......what are my options on pulling it tight, I'm come up about 5" short.
Tie a couple pit bulls to the chain link, put an innocent little girl in a Sunday dress 5 or 6 feet past the final pole.


Do you think I need to smear peanut butter on her as well? ;?
Can't hurt.

I have never done chain link myself, almost did once. The printed instructions I got said to do it exactly as NJFish describes above, use a come along and make a harness with multiple attachment points. But there is a metal bar that you slide down the last row of link. That is where you attach the harness. The bar distributes the force across the whole width of the chain link so everything gets stretched evenly.


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