5 fence fixes
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1. Creep gate
Instead of buying creep feeder panels, Linda Holbeck welded a small gate into the tube gate.
The small gate allows calves to come and go without compromising the structure of the tube gate.Date Published: March 19, 2015Date Updated: March 19, 2015
2. Timesaving tamper
Using a piece of 6-pound pipe, 5/8-inch rod for two 4-foot-long bars, and two bicycle hand grips, D.H. Smith, Jr., made this device to pack dirt extra tight around fence posts.
A half-moon shape welded on top makes a good guide.Date Published: March 19, 2015Date Updated: March 19, 2015
3. No more chains
Jadon Hofer built this latch by attaching a length of pipe to 1/4-inch cable. That pipe slides into slightly larger pipes welded to his fence. It catches in place with a spring and a sprocket.
The three pieces of pipe could also be clamped on, he says, but welding is stronger, and it’s much quicker to pull the cable rather than undo a chain.Date Published: March 19, 2015Date Updated: March 19, 2015
4. People passage
It’s easier to go through a fence that doesn’t have a chain or latch to undo, says Jerome Hofer. His modification creates space that is wide enough for a person to pass but not wide enough for a cow.
If he wants to open the fence, he just lifts the pipe piece out to make a larger opening.Date Published: March 19, 2015Date Updated: March 19, 2015
5. Trusty template
Ray Schroeder made this device to support barbed wires, which frees both hands when he’s driving staples.
The 2-inch pegs made of 1/4-inch iron are welded at an angle onto 1/2-inch iron rod. On one side, the pegs are spaced for a three-wire fence; on the other side, the pegs are spaced for a four-wire fence. A plate welded to the bottom makes a base.Date Published: March 19, 2015Date Updated: March 19, 2015
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