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How to Stretch a Welded Wire Mesh

Hello everyone, I’m Marco from Fenceshop, the go-to e-commerce for fences. Welcome to the third video of our series "From Saying to Doing." Today, we will show you how to stretch a welded wire mesh, like the one you see behind me. If you missed the first two videos, I recommend catching up: in the first video, we talked about the main tool for this operation, the wire winch, while in the second we saw how to stretch a chain link mesh. But now, without further ado, let's get started!

Preparation and First Step

Like with the chain link mesh, the basic concept is the same, but there are specific precautions for the welded wire mesh. In this case, I can't directly attach the wire winch because I decided to stretch the mesh from the outside. I will use a piece of scrap wire to fix the mesh to the first post, passing it through the mesh and creating a temporary tie. This loop will allow me to attach the wire winch.

Locking the Wire Winch

After attaching the wire winch to the first post, I choose the necessary length for my work. I unlock and re-lock the winch until I find the optimal position. Although the concept is similar to that of the chain link mesh, here we can't insert the blade into the meshes of the welded wire mesh. Therefore, I use a piece of wire to make temporary ties on the blade, distributing the force evenly. This is particularly important for tall and robust meshes, where it is advisable to divide the tension into two or three points.

Stretching the Mesh

Once the mesh is fixed and the wire winch is locked, we can start to stretch carefully. If there are two of you, the work will be easier, but even on your own, it is possible. Pull a little at a time, stopping to settle the mesh and ensuring it doesn't get caught anywhere. When the mesh is well-stretched, we can proceed to tie it permanently.

Final Fixing

With the mesh under tension, it's time to tie it permanently to the posts. Once this operation is complete, we can detach the wire winch. We remove the temporary ties and settle the mesh by hand, ensuring it is well-stretched and even. Finally, we finish the job by tying the mesh at the top and applying tension to the tensioners, if necessary.


We have seen how to stretch a welded wire mesh, a process that requires specific precautions compared to the chain link mesh. We hope these tips have been helpful. If you have any questions or doubts, don't hesitate to leave a comment: I will personally respond. We invite you to visit our websites to view our realizations and to discover our products for fences. Thank you for your attention and see you in the next video!

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