The following photos illustrate a homemade fence-puller Don made last spring to stretch fencing single-handedly (I wasn't able to assist) with the aid of a fence puller/splicer. These photos accompany an article I'm submitting to Backwoods Home Magazine and are numbered so the editor can choose which photos she wants to use.
Photo 1: Two 2x4s, with screws half-way inserted into one of the boards.
Photo 3: The boards are hinged at one end
Photo 5: The other end of the boards are secured by a 4 1/2 inch lag bolt and wingnut.
Photo 7: At the top and bottom, a lag bolt secures a six-foot chain.
Photo 9: The screws down the length of the board serve to hold the fence wire in place so it won't pull out during the stretching process.
Photo 10: To begin, the fence is loosely stretched in place.
Photo 11: To keep the fencing upright temporarily, tack it loosely with a nail (or wire, if using T-posts).
Photo 12: To use the fence-puller, remove the bolt/wingnut at the bottom and lift it over the portion of fence you want to tighten.
Photo 14: Secure the bottom by inserting the lag bolt and wingnut.
Photo 15: Using the fence puller/splicer, start ratcheting the fence taut.
Photo 18: Once the fence is stretched taut, it can be secured with U-nails (for wooden posts) or wire (for T-posts).
Photo 19: When stretching between T-posts, secure the fence puller/splicer to the next T-post for stretching the fencing.