Nine PM already and I’m just bathed and sat down after a long and fruitful day on the fence. Good job I’m not paying myself by the hour, for it’s just taken me three days to erect 40m of Ryloc fencing Mind you, apart from the wire and a few ‘winders’ it’s all been with second hand stuff that I had to dismantle first so I shouldn’t be too hard on myself. Taking down the old fence, removing the netting and barbed wire from years of growth and removing the stobs was no easy task.
Almost a good tool
The secret of any good wire fence is to get it tight, the trick to fencing it rock is to get it f*****g tight and I’ve yet to find a good tool for actually straining a fence wire.
The old ‘Monkey Strainer’ probably the professionals favourite but my own second hand one died and a new one costs ‘an arm an a leg’. Looking around for a cheaper alternative I came across this effort by Draper,
and was most impressed with its performance and simplicity. However it didn’t last very long, breaking at the hinge after very little work and purchased from a ‘fly by night on eBay. My next ‘investment’ was the ‘Myti wire strainer’,
which is almost a good tool but the finish leaves a lot to be desired https://lifeattheendoftheroad.wordpress.com/2011/01/20/myti-rubbish/
They don’t even use a proper bolt so the threads cut into the steel
Correct type of bolt on right, Myti’s poor effort on the left
You can see just how far that post should be in by looking at its base and seeing the marks, there’s literally nothing but the point in the ground but the wires are so tight that it’s extremely solid.
I have to say I’m extremely proud of this 40m of fence
And I couldn’t have picked a nicer spot to work,
well it would be nice if I moved all my carp from around the old ruins of numbers 2 and 4 South Arnish.
Feeding animals apart, that was pretty much all I did until dinner time, a fine summery dish of cold pasta with mayo, tuna, peppers, celery and a wee beer in the evening sun.
A walk with the dog and shotgun to see if I could coax a few amps out of the hydro turbine took me past a fine hind heavy in calf.
And a little further on we acquired four ‘little pigs’
who followed us all the way down to the shore to check the ‘Stream Engine’. I changed the nozzle to the smallest to try and get a couple of watts out of it, but to no avail, hardly surprising really with that miniscule trickle though
With the sun going down there was nothing for it but to go and watch it through the new windows
A good blaze on Skye
Not the best sunset by a long shot, but the first of many through our new windows
Many thanks once more to George Rankine, this time for finding a red grouse who’s not been fried, or at least made homeless