How do I use a Crescent Tool to make the loops in galvanized fence?

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Forum topic by SlimPickins posted 09-14-2015 04:10 PM 752 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-14-2015 04:10 PM

Does anyone remember how to use fence pliers? I had no problems cutting 6” or so off of the fence at the bottom to turn a 4’ x 6’ section into a 41” x 6’ section. But now I have to loop the crossed ends at the bottom since it want it like the top. I’m using the chainlink as fabric in a gate. I just cannot remember how to do it even though I did it 10 years ago. Each side of the fence pliers I show has a cutter and the top does not hold the wire tightly enough. Does the cutter part also act as a crimper? In other words, should I hold the wire with the cutter part just a little different than if I was cutting?

Any help appreciated. I know it’s an easy question.

-- If a bug can't eat it, it isn't good wood

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#1 posted 09-14-2015 08:04 PM

It’s ok now – I simply used a pair of vice-grips, pinched down on the end of the wire and twisted my wrist to make the loop. It didn’t take more than 25 minutes to make 52 loops as I had 26 couplings to do in the 6’ run of fence (since it’s 3 1/4” galvanized fence). So it looks nice now. I just need to put an angle iron frame in and install the “fabric”. It can be done with regular pliers too but I found the vice-grips easier.

I guess I don’t need the fence pliers for the twisting after all.

-- If a bug can't eat it, it isn't good wood

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#2 posted 09-15-2015 02:12 PM

The top end of the fence pliers are designed for twisting & wrapping your wire. They have a “pincher type” jaw for that reason.

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