You must examine the roll of fabric to determine the salvage. The salvage is how the fabric is tied together on the ends. It will be either knuckled over or twisted together. If one end is knuckled and the other end is twisted, you must know what end goes on the top and what end goes on the bottom. Once determined, proceed with installing the fabric per these steps:
- Lay the fabric roll out so that the bottom end is closest to the post and the roll is perpendicular to your fence line. The fabric is generally installed on the outside of the fence, corresponding to the flush side of your tension bands. By closely examining the roll, determine if the fabric roll will roll-out easily on the ground like a carpet. If not, you will have to start at the other end of your fence line to achieve this effect.
- Once you know your fabric is in the correct location, stand the fabric roll up so that it sits approximately 3’ from the terminal post and flush against the outside of the top rail.
- Cut the ties that hold the roll together and hand spin the roll so that the beginning of the fabric is pulled loosely up to your terminal post.
- Tie the fabric for height by loosely installing one fence tie to the top of the fabric and around the top rail 8” from the terminal post and another tie in the same manner 24” from the terminal post. Make sure that you have a half diamond above the top rail when tying the fabric to the rail.
- Tied for height, run a tension bar through the end of fabric while also running through the evenly spaced tension bands on the terminal posts.
- Tip the fabric roll over away from the top rail so that it again lays perpendicular to the top rail. Roll the fabric along the fence line on the ground like unrolling a carpet.
- At the end of each roll, begin a new roll by weaving the two rolls together as shown in Figure 14. This is done by un-knuckling or untying the weave at the end of the roll. Unscrew the weave out of the fabric with a cork screw twisting motion until it all the way out.
- Lay a new roll at the end of the existing roll. Unroll it about three feet. Match the ends of the two rolls together. Begin to weave the wire weave back into
both pieces of fabric catching both pieces with each full corkscrew twist.
- You may have to remove more than one weave to get the two pieces of fabric to mesh. Looking at the top of both rolls, if these begin with two complete diamonds on both rolls, you will have to remove one more weave. If you have one complete diamond on one roll and one half diamond on the other, you can begin to weave the two rolls back together with the wire weave you initially removed.
- Once the rolls are weaved together, tie or knuckle both ends to complete.
- Complete this process of rolling-out fabric and weaving together until you have gotten to the next terminal post or 200’.
- If you have gotten to the next terminal post, hand stretch the fabric by dragging it along the ground.
- Shake it like a rug while pulling to break the galvanizing at the knuckles to assure it is tight and straight.
- Pull the fabric past the terminal post. At the terminal post, remove a weave so that the fabric on the ground is now terminated at the post. You are ready to stretch.
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