Day 15 – Gotta’ Love a Tool that Works!

Oh I do love a good tool that works the way it’s supposed to!

Crimpy tool and crimpy things to, you know, crimp two bits of wire mesh together. How crimpy is that?

Crimpy tool and crimpy things to, you know, crimp two bits of wire mesh together. How crimpy is that?

I have no idea what this tool is officially called (help!?), but I do know it works like a charm to fasten two bits of wire mesh together. This has been very handy as we build chicken pens. I do love my zap straps (or zippy ties, or whatever those plastic fastener things are called) – half the farm is held together with them. But, these fasteners are strong, quick to install, and best of all, NOT plastic.

Here, a crimpy thing (purchasable in bulk by weight at the feed store) is loaded into the crimper tool...

Here, a crimpy thing (purchasable in bulk by weight at the feed store) is loaded into the crimper tool…

Crimping tool in action fastening together two strips of mesh. The join makes an amazingly strong seam!

Crimping tool in action fastening together two strips of mesh. The join makes an amazingly strong seam!

Tah-dah! An 8' width whipped together in no time at all!

Tah-dah! An 8′ width whipped together in no time at all!

Note: This is not a product placement post – if it had been, I would have at least known the name of the tool and would have provided a brand name and a handy-dandy link to the thing on Amazon. Not that I’d be averse to doing that for a product that actually worked like it was supposed to (hint, hint – feel free to send me your cool gadgety tools so I can tell the world how they work – or, don’t work as the case may be… and, hint, hint – a tool I really could use but am having some trouble finding locally is a horse drawn plow… If your Great Uncle Doug has one stashed in his hayloft somewhere, please, please tell him to get in touch!)

Interested in learning who else is participating in the 30 days agriculture blog-a-thon or the five things Holly Spangler will be talking about this month? Head over to Prairie Farmer to find out!

7 responses to “Day 15 – Gotta’ Love a Tool that Works!

  1. I thought these were called J clips? I think…

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  2. Yep, they are called J-clips and J-clip pliers. And I love mine, too. They also have a J-clip remover, which is well worth it. You’ll see what I mean if you ever try to remove a badly crimped J-clip with just the pliers.

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    • I can see the j-clip remover would be very handy. After our last session we had a couple that didn’t quite catch the second wire – they are still hanging there, twirling around not doing any good. Thanks!

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