When you’re installing a T-post fence, you’ll see a variety of tools to help with the install. You’ll need a T-post hammer, a spool unroller handle thing, a wire stretcher and fencing pliers. These are essential. You can also get The Clip Bender, but I don’t know if it’s essential. I’ll show you what it does and you can decide how tight you need your clips to be. It helped us maintain tension through our zig-zag fence on hostile ledge areas, but if you had straight runs through a field, your wire stretcher might be able to hold tension from a corner brace the whole time.
First, with your wire tensioned against the T-post, put the clip on like so.
Next use your fencing pliers to stab through the hole. [The Clip Bender can also do this, but the fencing pliers work better imo; its wedge shape results in a tighter, more consistent hooking of the clip].
Rotate the fencing pliers to bend the clip.
End somewhere around here – or keep going – up to you.
This might be called attached; good enough. But since we have The Clip Bender, we continue.
Put the other side of the clip through the hole in The Clip Bender.
Spin the Clip Bender around the fence wire.
Here’s what you get. Nice and tight.
If you encounter a situation where the wire stretcher won’t be able to maintain your tension, you can spend extra time tightening the hell out of the clip on the last tensioned section. The Clip Bender is good for this. See below:
Stab through the hole of the already attached clip.
Rotate The Clip Bender.
Put the end through the hole and rotate some more.
This is hopefully what you end up with. Super tight coil. Tension preserved. It can be done without The Clip Bender using a Linesmans’ Pliers, say, but The Clip Bender is much easier.