I have several 4" x4" wood posts, with one single piece of steel wire going through each post.

Something like this: enter image description here

Is there anything I can use to tighten and secure the wire in each post?

The first and last post will have a regular hook for the wire.

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You might use a "barrel strainer" to tighten each horizontal run of wire.

barrel strainer

Otherwise you can buy tensioners and "through-collar" kits specifically for cable fencing systems.

through-collar kit

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  • Also called "turn -buckles". – blacksmith37 Jul 28 '18 at 19:12
  • I understand I can use the turnbuckle in the first and last post, but how would I use it in the middle posts? Remember that it's only one piece of wire rope going though all the posts. – rbhat Jul 30 '18 at 3:31
  • You wouldn't use turnbuckles at intermediate posts. Usually the wires are not supporting the posts. If you want to secure wire to posts use stop collars with set screws as pictured. @rbhat – RedGrittyBrick Jul 30 '18 at 9:23

The tool you are looking for is a wire stretcher.


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  • Wire stretchers are for stretching the wire, the OP is looking for the way to secure the wire to the post. Why, is a mystery. This is not an answer to the question. Turnbuckles on the end post will stretch the wire, Securing at each post is usually not done or needed. – Alaska Man Sep 15 '19 at 18:36

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