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post #1 of 13 Old 06-18-2019, 09:46 AM Thread Starter
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Fence wire installed backwards

A 3 acre pasture was recently re-fenced with non-climb. While going over all the connections and wraps, I discovered that at some point the installers had reversed the wire when they switched to a new roll, and for the bulk of the fence the smooth side is on the outside. The barbs from the knots are ripping my leather gloves and there's nothing I can do to take the sharp edges off.

I went to the fence website and found where it specifically says to put the smooth side to the horses. I called the company to ask if the fence rolls are marked, and they said "any certified installer knows to put the smooth side in -- otherwise it is not safe for horses".

There are no trees in this pasture and the horses regularly use the fence to scratch their shoulders and foreheads.

To the real question: how safe would anyone here feel about their horses being turned out in this?
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post #2 of 13 Old 06-18-2019, 09:49 AM
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A 3 acre pasture was recently re-fenced with non-climb. While going over all the connections and wraps, I discovered that at some point the installers had reversed the wire when they switched to a new roll, and for the bulk of the fence the smooth side is on the outside. The barbs from the knots are ripping my leather gloves and there's nothing I can do to take the sharp edges off.

I went to the fence website and found where it specifically says to put the smooth side to the horses. I called the company to ask if the fence rolls are marked, and they said "any certified installer knows to put the smooth side in -- otherwise it is not safe for horses".
I would be telling the company to come back and fix their mistake.

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post #3 of 13 Old 06-18-2019, 10:11 AM
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I would be telling the company to come back and fix their mistake.
Second this. You paid for the fence, they need to install it correctly.

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post #4 of 13 Old 06-18-2019, 12:33 PM
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I would call let the company know fence is installed wrong. So they need to come fix it, at there own cost.you're horse's safty is at risk.
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post #5 of 13 Old 06-18-2019, 12:35 PM
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I would propose a compromise....if you don’t already have a hot wire along the top, have them add one, and run it along the middle of the incorrect section. You’ll want that hot wire along the top.

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A 3 acre pasture was recently re-fenced with non-climb. While going over all the connections and wraps, I discovered that at some point the installers had reversed the wire when they switched to a new roll, and for the bulk of the fence the smooth side is on the outside. The barbs from the knots are ripping my leather gloves and there's nothing I can do to take the sharp edges off.

You paid someone, to install your fence and install it correctly.
If it is not installed correctly it is the job of the installation company and crew to do it right and make good on their error.
If they are a legitimate business...well, talk to them first and see where it goes...
If they tell you "tough", then you have recourse if paid with a credit card as the work is unsatisfactory and they may lose all their money returned to you for the job .
File a grievance/complaint to the credit card company and or you can also file with the BBB...
Good companies stand behind their work, period.
First step is to call and speak with them...
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post #7 of 13 Old 06-18-2019, 01:45 PM
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Horses will get themselves hurt on absolutely anything given the opportunity - get those installers back out and have them fix their mistakes.

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post #8 of 13 Old 06-18-2019, 05:05 PM
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The installers need to come back and install it correctly at no cost to you. You paid to have the fence installed, they need to do it right.
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post #9 of 13 Old 06-19-2019, 05:28 PM
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If the fence is all tightly pulled, the fence may sag forever if the try to re do it. They will mess up something else trying to fix it.

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post #10 of 13 Old 06-19-2019, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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While I agree with everyone's opinion that it should be done correctly, it is not my farm and I didn't pay for it -- just that my horses are turned out in it.

The installers say that there is no wrong-or-right way to install this wire; the farm owner will not pursue it and will not pay to have it re-done.

I am omitting my responses to the above because they are all 4-letter words. Although it looks nicely done from the road, some of the work looks like a horror movie to me.

Has anyone had any experience with this? To me it is right up there with barbed wire, except that they can't put a leg through it. And again, how would you feel about your horses going out in this?
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