Fast Fence Repair




Fixing a stretch of broken barbed wire fence doesn't have to be painful, and it can be quick! Here's how one expert fencer makes his repairs.

Materials Needed:

Fencing sleeves - 100 pack = about $20.
Crimping tool - $50 to $100. (Optional)
Heavy duty pliers

Gripple sleeves - $1.25 each (Optional)

Fencer: Gene Hamman
Photos: Rob Lagerstrom

Step 1: Stretch Wire

Use a fence stretcher to pull together enough wire to make the repair. Then, from each half of the break, remove any barbs for about 6 to 8 inches. Slide each wire end through one of these inexpensive sleeves, as shown in this photo. You'll find them in any fencing store. A package of 100 should cost less than $20.

Step 2: Secure Sleeve

Squeeze the sleeve shut with this crimping tool. The tool costs anywhere between $50 and $100. If you care less about appearance, you could squeeze these tight enough with a pair of pliers.

Step 3: Separate Wire Ends

To make the splice secure, simply separate the strands of the two wire ends.

Step 4: Wrap the Wire

Now wrap each wire around the barbed wire. As you can see here, one strand (the one closest to the sleeve) is wrapped counterclockwise around the barbed wire. The second strand makes a loop over the first wire, securing it in place, and then it is wrapped clockwise several times over the barbed wire. The remaining loose ends should be cut off, and the same wraps should be made on the opposite side of the sleeve.

Step 5: Finished Repair

Here's the finished repair. It took no more than a couple of minutes to complete.

See next step for an alternative to this type of repair.

Step 6: Using a Gripple

Another way to make a repair in broken wire is to use this sleeve, called the Gripple. The broken ends of the wire are pushed through the Gripple, which is designed so they will not pull out. These are made for fairly speedy repairs, especially if you're making many of them. You don't need a crimping tool, but these sleeves are pricey, about $1.25 each. They come in four sizes. For more information go to

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    6 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Nice!. I do something similar. The fence puller for repairs, at least mine, has a tendency to slip when you get the wire good and tight. I put a set of visegrip pliers just inside the catch on the puller. Haven't seen the ferrules like you use but I have something similar. Looks good. Works good.

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    welding would be a cheaper and easier alternative oh well your way is less ghetto


    8 years ago on Introduction

    A very quick and inexpensive way to repair fences and it is very simple to use. Your fence can be repaired now without the headache of pulling out old staples and stretching wire again. Jake's Wire Tighteners provides you with a simple concept to repairing fences without all the headaches and in a whole lot less time. In less than a minute the job can be finished, and when you have broken wire just splice in a small piece of new wire and use the Jake's Wire Tightener to complete the job.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Wait...Arent those the same sleeves as used for HV AC mains?


    11 years ago on Introduction

    This was really well planned out. I am forever seeing broken barb wire fences. Now I can fix 'em up nice and right. Thanks.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Woah, that looks dangerous. Still, nice job, the pictures are small, but nice!