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What type/size tool do I need for this ratchet fence strainer?

Discussion in 'In the Garden' started by MisterBoy, 14 Aug 2021.

  1. MisterBoy

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    Our property has some old wire fencing using these pretty heavy duty straining ratchets... 4mm wire like the council use.
    I'm maintaining and tweaking it but I don't have an appropriate tool and looking online there's loads of different sizes and styles. I gather I should be using a proper tool not just a spanner, takes a lot of force, but which one will fit?

    The main 'nut' is 13.2mm/.53" and the smaller one 11.3mm which seem odd sizes, can't even tell if they're metric or not!

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    Other option could be to use less industrial gauge wire and get newer fittings but it seems a shame to waste this good stuff
     
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    I've always just used a shifter or Stilson wrench on those strainers.
    Once you get a good grip, you should be able to pull the wire up tight.
     
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    Wrench in one hand, big screwdriver poked through to hold it in place in the other, that sort of thing?

    Never thought of a Stilson, I've got a decent size one somewhere if I can find it!
     
  6. 1/4" Whitworth aka 5/16" BSF and 3/16" Whitworth aka 1/4" BSF
     
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    Not come across those, thanks. Always interesting to learn new things :)
     
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    Called Radisseurs, anything that fits will do.
     
  10. Kids these days..... :mrgreen:
     
  11. MisterBoy

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    I grew up with Imperial...
     
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