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You could use a couple of hand stretchers to stretch chain link, but where’s the fun in that? Instead hook this A-frame fence stretcher from American Fence & Supply Co. onto the tension bar and then pull the stretcher with a Come-A-Long.

Use this 30″ stretcher for 4′ chain link fence. It runs $30, but unfortunately you’ll pay $25 in shipping charges. If you’re a Texan you also get hit with tax too.

A-Frame Stretcher [American Fence & Supply Co.]

 

9 Responses to Chain Link Stretcher

  1. fred says:

    This looks like a nice one – but you can usually find a Master Halco at Lowes or Home Depot:

    http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productList&Ne=4294947504&category=Master+Halco&N=6+4294948984

  2. fred says:

    Sorry for the double post – but a local supply house in Jamaica NY offers lots of fencing options:

    http://www.boundary-fences.com/fencetool1_pull_jack_.htm

    For farm fencing – there is also the online store (Ken Cove)

  3. jeffrey immer says:

    i end up using a rachet strap and one of the bars you put in the end to secure it

  4. Brandon says:

    Do you guys know if they sell a version that stretches cables? I have been looking for one for a while. Thanks!

  5. fred says:

    @ Brandon Says:

    The Klein brand grips are pretty standard for gripping cable and wire:

    http://www.toolup.com/klein/grips/?gclid=CKmyx_WS_psCFdZD5godhziW_w

    There are also specialty tools for gripping and stretching wire fencing like the Goldenrod stretcher

  6. @fred,

    Thanks for the links. My search only turned up one other version of this tool and that was on ebay.

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    I put up the chain link fence in my backyard with my father-in-law, we stretched the fabric by hand — not with a hand stretcher either. The fence probably wasn’t as tight as if we’d down it with a stretcher, but it was good enough. Anyway it was a real pain in the butt — such a pain that my father-in-law decided to pay somebody to put up the fence in his backyard.

    Next time I have to put up a fence I’m either buying one of these stretchers (probably the one from Lowe’s), or I’ll try jeffrey immer’s method, maybe with a two or three straps, ’cause it seems to me that those bars would bend with that much force.

  7. BC says:

    A F-150 4×4 with a granny low gear, a tow strap, a 2×4, and 3 lag screws did the trick for me.

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