Introduction: Paracord Fence Jumper

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I made a fence jumper out of leather years ago. My fence jumper is a cord with clips that can be used to pull a section of fence down to get over to the other side (hopefully without ripping my pants).

I fenced in a couple acres so the dogs can run about. Well anyway – I find myself constantly going over the fence. I also find while hiking the need to cross fences. Here in Michigan - some of the state lands are old farms with fences still in place. I also remember getting into a little trouble for ripping my pants on my grandparents farm.

I decided to make a fence jumper out of paracord using the Blaze Bar Knot.

The paracord adds the additional benefits of other uses in field.

I incorporated my fence jumper onto a hiking stick with hardware.

I believe you should always get permission to enter someone’s property. If you are fence jumping you probably going onto someone’s property – ask first.

Step 1: Gather Items

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I took a piece of cord out to the fence to determine what a good length would be. I came up with an overall length of 36 inches

ITEMS

I started with 100 feet of 5/32 diameter olive color 550 paracord – I ended up using 50 feet. This amount will vary with how tight the knots are.

3 – Metal Binder ring (aka book rings) - approximately 1 inch in diameter = note: not all rings are made the same. I purchase some from the dollar store and they would open up with use. I might suggest good quality karabiner clips

2 - ¾ inch screws

1 - mounting bracket - 3 inches long uses two screws to mount

2 – Metal snap hook 3 inches with a swivel ring.

Optional items

Stick or Cane – I used a 57 inch walking stick – approximately 1 ½ diameter

2 inch welded ring

Tools

Screw driver

Optional Assembly items

Hook or peg

Lighter to seal paracord ends

Mini bungee cord

Loom

Just another note: I made a metal loom to make mine (future instructables).

Step 2: Getting Started

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Find a hook or peg to secure one end of the project. I used my magnetic metal loom setup.

Find the center of the 100 foot paracord by the old shoe lace method – hold the loose ends together and work back to the other end. This makes two equal 50 foot lengths of cord.

Put loop end through the top Metal Binder ring, then run the two loose ends through the end loop and cinch it up to the top Metal Binder ring.

This cinch will make a cow hitch.

Another note: I calculated that I needed 54 feet of cord, I decided to use 60 feet. I ended up using 50 feet. Anyway I started by cutting 20 feet off of each end of cord. (ended up cutting more off at the end of project).

Step 3: Setting Up on a Loom

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From the measurement taken from the length of required distance; I calculated the working length - 36 inches

So with the working length of 36 inches I measured from the ring.

I pulled both cords down from the top ring out to 36 inches, pinch and put a bottom Metal Binder ring (aka book rings) onto each cord.

You will now have two 36 inch loops (I will call them Left 36 and Right 36)

The two loose cords (I call them left loose and right loose).

I used rubber bands to secure the or close the loops around the bottom rings.

I then put a mini bungee on; with a slight pull I put the bungee around the bottom magnetic hook.

Step 4: ​Beginning of the Blaze Bar Knot

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Beginning of the Blaze bar knot

Start the knot at the 1 inch top Metal Binder ring - separate the cords - the lefts from the rights.

Take left loose and go over left 36, right 36 and right loose and hold with fingers.

Step 5: Start Knotting

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Start knotting on the left side

Take the Left loose over left 36 then under right 36 and put over right loose.

Take the right loose over right 36 inch under left 36 and put up through left loose loop from under (or up thru rabbit hole)

Push knots up towards the bell split ring to cinch

Do again but start with R loose under right 36 over left 36 under left loose --- now under

Left 36 ---over right 36 ---through the loose loop on right from top (or down thru rabbit hole)

Push up towards the bell split ring and cinch.

Repeat until you get approximately 1 inch left over of the right 36 and left 36. (remember these are the loops)

I would suggest watching some of the videos posted on YouTube for the blaze bar knot. Note: I do not have a video.

Step 6: Doing the End

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Repeat the knotting until you get approximately 1 inch left over of the right 36 and left 36.

You should have two little loops on the end.

To do the finish knots I had lots of cord remaining, so I cut the ends to 12 inches - of the left loose and right loose .

The distance of left loose and right loose should vary based on how tight you cinch the knotting.

I removed the rubber bands and rings to do the finish knots

Create a finish knot with Left loose and Right loose, then separately put one loop over the right 36 and left 36. I just used a few loop knots. I tucked the loose end into the knots.

Cinch the loop knots to finish the ends.

Since I cut the cords, I used a lighter to seal the ends – to stop the fraying

Step 7: Mounting the Fence Jumper on the Cane

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I put the two screws thru the mounting bracket on the side of the cane (in parallel).

I already have the top ring in place, I put one ring thru the two bottom loops. I added the Metal snap hooks to each end.

I now have two snaps on each end, that can be easily removed to disassemble the blaze bar knot.

The 2 inch welded ring is an option – the ring is to stop the fence jumper from flapping around while hiking. It is also useful for the over the back carrying option.

Step 8: Finished

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Good or bad, I offset the dog fence 10 to 20 feet from the real property line. I felt for maintenance of the property I did not have to ask my neighbors to jump my fence. I go over the fence all year long.

If you are like me; I like a hiking with a walking stick but can grow tired of walking with it. So; for longer hikes my setup makes a nice strap to carry the stick over my back. (see third picture of strap set up).

Step 9: My First Fence Jumper

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This is the leather fence jumper I made for my father. The jumper is braided out of leather mounted on lathe turned wood cane.

I turned cut rings into the wood to wrapped silk cords into -this was done with each color of each family member’s birth stone.

Comments

CosmicBrambleclaw (author)2016-08-11

really cool :D down here in NC we typically have posts every few feet which would negate most of the functionality of this, but I think if I made it a bit thicker or attached it to a metal bar I could use it to haul my husky butt over the fence in my pasture XD

thanks for the metal bar idea

Master97865 (author)2014-03-19

this is awesome! but I was wondering would I really need to knot it and make it thicker or could I just use a bit of paracord left over that's long enough to hold a fence? would it break if I did that?

As far as knotting goes, this is a preference. I like the wide strap and the extra paracord. I really do not know the strength relationship needed. My first one was with 3 leather straps braided. The bottom line I would suggest testing.

vladivastok (author)2014-03-10

LIKE TO MAKE ONE. HAVE YOU FOUND ANY OTHER USES FOR IT? THANK'S.

Thank you for making a comment.
Well besides holding a fence down, I clip the bottom ring to form a strap - which makes it nice for carrying the walking stick. The blaze bar knot come off easy to get access to the single strand of cord.

What are your thoughts on other uses????

melliott11 (author)2014-03-03

What a great idea..barbed wire fences tore up many pairs of shorts one summer. They "fixed" the sagging gate out at my grandparents pasture so tight I didn't have the hand strength or the height to close and lock it into the little metal loop that held it. I opted to climb over the fence rather than fight with it and I sure could have used this gadget.

Fikjast Scott (author)melliott112014-03-04

Thank you for your great comment.
Thank you for viewing my instructable
Scott

dojers (author)2014-03-03

I've seen a lot of paracord instructables here and I have to say your explanation of how to do the weave (besides making sure you're doing it right by watching a youtube video) is very intuitive which is more than I can say for the majority that I've read. Good job! Got my vote!

Fikjast Scott (author)dojers2014-03-03

Thank you for the comments. As far as the video, I thought that if anyone might need a different perspective it might help; also I had low confidence in my instructions.
I left out the part of having plenty of room while working on big knotting project. While I was working, with the loose ends -I hooked the chair, the computer monitor, the couch etc... I felt I did not need to mention this because everyone one on the planet could hear me yelling cheese and crackers.

Thank you for viewing my instructables

hammer9876 (author)2014-03-03

I realize that there is a be nice policy, but you are stretching the fence down by doing this. If it is your fence, fine, stretch your own fence, but please don't do this to other people's fences around their property. Also, put in a gate if you fence in a couple of acres for a dog run.

dojers (author)hammer98762014-03-03

He said in his instructable that you should get the permission of the person who owns the fence before using the strap, especially if you walk a certain place all the time.

Fikjast Scott (author)dojers2014-03-03

Thank you

Fikjast Scott (author)hammer98762014-03-03

Thank you for your comment; I have been running a slight temperature or fever, so please understand.
I can get long winded, but I might have left a lot out for a better explanation in my instructables. This is why I believe you sent your comment.
I offset my fence from my property line. It is not a shared fence. I did this so I can maintain my property. I am not sure if you have property with trees on it. Well, we just had the ash borer bug sweep through killing all the ash trees. The trees drop all the time. I do not know if you have used a chain saw for 8 hours at a time, but it gets heavy. I do not have a tractor or thingumajig to carry my chainsaw, gas tank, log roller etc... . So to get at a spot to work on it, instead of walking around the property going over the fence works well. I tried a gate in the back of the yard, but the neighbor saw fit to knock it down to retrieve arrows he overshot into my yard. A funny thing about dogs, is when they see a gate, they like to dig under it, push through it. Well not so funny. My front gate is the only gate and it is locked every night. Another funny thing is; I do not think that I have much, but for some reason people like to take it. There will never be a time when I find someone in my yard that they can say - oh your gate was open. Oh, I did not mention that was up to three other fence lines running in parallel in addition to the one I put in. I believe they were to run livestock to barn. Why did I put another fence up you ask, I put smaller holed fencing up so the puppies could not get through.
I mentioned state land, well the one area I go to; it was a 1000 acre farm with pastures all over the place. These fences run as far as the eyes can see. I am going over from one pasture to the other. With permission.
My other area I frequently go to is to my families farms they are right next each other. Yes farms, you have to drive in a car or truck to get around them completely. I go from my uncle’s farm, jump the fence to my cousin’s farm, then maybe over to my other uncle’s farm. With permission.
I hope I am clear that I not only value my property, but I value others as well. Oh another thing is we get our pet dogs – cats from the animal rescue. I originally put the fence up to keep them in, it is the first think I did on my property. I will not have a dog hit by a car on my watch.
Oh, I did put this in my instructables:
I believe you should always get permission to enter someone’s property. If you are fence jumping, you are probably going onto someone’s property – ask first.
I will try and be more articulate in the future.

r-philp (author)2014-02-27

Well done project. I'm not completely clear how it helps you over the fence. Is its purpose only to pull the top edge of the wire fence down lower, so that it is easier to step over, and the walking stick is just a convenient method of carrying it?

Fikjast Scott (author)r-philp2014-02-27

First - thank you for viewing my instructables.
Yes - the walking stick is my way of carrying the strap.

the strap does lower the top edge to step over.
The strap also has a purpose of carrying the stick over my back. The paracord and hardware have the third purpose of becoming a cord as needed. The blaze bar knot comes apart with ease, just pull down on the bottom end.

Working or hiking for hours on end, a lower fence to step over is helpful. When I was younger I was able to go over fences with a full pack and gear. Those days are behind me.

I wish I had better pictures
Take care
Scott

hunter999 (author)2014-02-26

Awesome job Scott, well documented! :-)

Fikjast Scott (author)hunter9992014-02-26

Thank you for the kind words.

Warmly
Scott

hunter999 (author)Fikjast Scott2014-02-26

Haha, no problem! :-)

aburley88 (author)2014-02-26

This is an awesome Instrucable, can't wait for the metal loom one. Looks awesome, great job

Fikjast Scott (author)aburley882014-02-26

Thank you for the nice comments and viewing my instructables.
Cheerfully
Scott

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