Fencing Part 4: Start Fencing – Section E to D

It has really arrived! The day we start putting up the 2.1m mesh fence supplied by Fence Secure of Msasa Harare and made in Zimbabwe (also termed Veld Fence or Bonox Fence).

I will post under the alphabetical boundary sections. We are starting from point E (close to the house) and heading off to D about 250m away to the east.

 

Ramius and Tendai on Day 1 of fencing

Ramius and Tendai on Day 1 of fencing

 

100m of fencing rolled out infant of the poles

100m of fencing rolled out in front of the poles

I’m sure there is a technical name for this device – ‘fence grabber’ will do for now!

Using our custom made fence grabber for the first time

Using our custom made fence grabber for the first time

 

To pull the fence tight requires the use of a fence puller. The puller is tied on to the grabber (which is temporarily screwed down onto the fence) and then itself wraps around the straining pole (right of picture below). The straining pole has extra (barbed) wire tied down to a large stone(s) buried in the ground. You can just see the barbed wire below top right.

George attaching the fence puller to the fence grabber

George attaching the fence puller to the fence grabber

As we learnt the hard way – the chain must not be twisted or else, sooner or later, the puller cannot grab any more links as they are twisted out of alignment compared to the jaws.

The chain must not be twisted!

The chain must not be twisted!

 

George happily inspecting the fence grabber

George happily inspecting the fence grabber

The whole lot is tightened using the jaws, one by one, to grab and slide over successive chain links. There is a lever coming off to left below which provides the manual driving force.

 

The fence puller jaws

The fence puller jaws

 

Manually helping the fence puller create that tension

Manually helping the fence puller create that tension

 

 

Helping the fence puller along

Helping the fence puller along

 

 

Fence held tight by the puller

Fence held tight by the puller

 

Hold the tensioned fence against each post

Hold the tensioned fence against each post

 

Nail the fence up everyone!

Nail the fence up everyone!

 

Nail it Garikai!

Nail it Garikai!

 

and repeat for 4.5 km

and repeat for 4.5 km

And if you must be tarred and feathered at least don’t do it to yourself ‘Hamletta’!

Tarred and feathered

Tarred and feathered

 

New litter of Jack Russell puppies

New litter of five Jack Russell puppies

 

New litter of Jack Russell puppies

New litter of Jack Russell puppies

And, finally, more of our home made poles ready to continue the fencing journey.

Our lovely poles

Our lovely home made poles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Fencing Part 4: Start Fencing – Section E to D

  1. My word you are all working hard, how exciting seeing it all come together, when do the potatoes go in? Fencing is a devil of a job took ages for them to do our 5 feet high one round the half acre garden so can’t imagine how backbreaking yours will be, everyone looks like they are enjoying it though! How many dogs do you have now? We can’t keep up, we have 3! Here’s the new recruit, Bilbo Baggins from Valencia, enjoying chasing his ball regardless of obstacles, mud, sand or sea! Spent 2 years in a pound in Spain, so really enjoying life now. We now officially have an orchard (>5 trees), we planted one apple and two pear trees to go with our cherry and three existing apple trees. Sx

    Sent from Sue’s iPad Highgate Cottage 🐾

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  2. Thanks Sue! Yes plenty of Jack Russells these days – I will ask the girls to make census (we are at that level now across two houses!). Some go to new homes though. School starts next week with pupils arriving Tuesday for the first time. Exciting times ahead all round. (Potatoes have taken a back seat for now.)

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