DO NOT tighten the fence by pulling with the tractor.I wonder if it would have more luck tightening the fence
Probably not enough to deal with the snow load you had.Are high tensile insulators stronger, or should I plan on de-stringing the fence if we have a nasty storm forecasted?
You are describing my barn! I'ts a big part of why I bought this property. (i do not have the attached house and courtyard set up of old though. I wish. Just the barn almost 100yards from the house, but she's a beauty!) The horses and goats and rabbits are in the old dairy/basement. Then my hay is upstairs. And the third level/hay loft is currently empty. I need a hay elevator before I can use it. It even still has the big forks for emptying unbaled wagons of hay. (i sometimes wonder about the possibility of getting a wagon and old-fashioned hay-ing our pastures. Not sure it'd be worth the effort though.)Years ago, in Vermont and NH and Maine, and I am sure in NY, big barns were built for the winter/cold weather... Big lofts stored tons of hay for animal feed for the winter. Second floor center aisles were for feed/grain and some machinery storage. The bottom floor was for the animals... and the cows were all in stanchions. There were gutters behind the cows and they were cleaned out daily.
Thank you for this!! I definitely won't use the tractor then lol. The temporary 3rd post will probably be our best bet- we have VERY sandy soil and not an immense amount of rocks. And I think H braces instead of floating. Again, not a lot of rocks. I don't understand the bit about "followed by the same wire on the latch side"? I thought you anchor one end, stretch, and then wrap that one end around the post one wire at a time?DO NOT tighten the fence by pulling with the tractor.
Then I cut one wire at a time, wrapped it around the gate post and tied back to the fence, then the next wire. Note that to keep tension on the fence on both sides of the gate, the first wire I cut and wrapped on the hinge side post was followed by the same wire on the latch side post. IIRC, I started with the wire in the middle of the fence then the next one up, the next one below, alternating upper and lower to keep the tension even.
As for something to anchor for stretching, I saw a video where they put a temporary 3rd post beyond the H braces, with a horizontal pole to the H brace, and anchored to that.
oh definitely. And I think enough has melted that we can possibly plough through some trails. Ought to wear him out. As much as that's possible with this crazy monster. (he's 25 going on 2, i swear. I can't wait for him to be able to be at pasture as much as possible.). But what ever virus I had last week has come back... so i'm housebound again. Someday... everyone on the property will be both uninjured AND healthy.Take the qh out on a lounge line... It will wear him out ploughing through all that snow. And it will at least give him some change of scenery.
I tied off the unrolled fence to the 2 ends of the west fence line and attached the two stretchers in the fence in the gate opening without cutting the fence in two pieces, the extra ~ 30 feet of fence was bowed out at the gate opening. The come alongs were attached between both stretchers so the tension was on both north and south sections simultaneously.I don't understand the bit about "followed by the same wire on the latch side"? I thought you anchor one end, stretch, and then wrap that one end around the post one wire at a time?