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Turnbuckle tension

tension on a turnbuckle for a garden gate support system

One problem I noticed when using 14 gauge electric fence wire as a diagonal support is the difficulty in backing off the tension if you tightened it too much.

The first alternative I thought about was nylon rope, but I'm guessing the galvanized wire would win that longevity race.

Maybe I'll use nylon rope on the next gate so we can get a side by side comparison.

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Nylon rope (like all thermoplastics) will creep under tension.

Comment by Roland_Smith Mon Apr 2 02:29:56 2012
Good point! As you can tell from today's post, Mark was glad you clued him in.
Comment by anna Mon Apr 2 18:53:10 2012

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