A Guide to Chain Link Fence Installation

Gardenerdy Staff Dec 1, 2018
Chain link fence installation is quite easy and pocket-friendly. Here is an easy-to-follow procedure for the same.
A strong and well-installed fence protects our house and keeps pets and children within the secure area. Chain link is one of the most popular fencing styles that not only enhances aesthetic beauty of the house but also clears the view and helps us see the person standing beyond the fence.
You can install it for yourself by using the following procedure. If you are not comfortable with it, you can always hire a professional to do it for you.

Materials Required

Rails, Posts, Mesh, Wire fabric ties, Tension bands, Measuring tape, Pliers
Hole digger, Wheelbarrow, Fence stretching tool, Shovel, Hoe. Circular saw, Stakes, Carpenter's level

Installation

►Determine your property lines, and install the stakes in the ground, so as to indicate the borders and corners of the chain link fence.

►Now, take the post hole digger and dig post holes about 20-25 inches deep and 7-8 inches wide. See that the holes aren't dug into a crooked manner. You need to dig a hole straight into the ground.
►Mark the ground line (with a chalk) on the posts and then when you install the terminal posts, ensure that they are 2 inches taller than the height of the fabric. Install the terminal posts in a hole with a concrete mixture of 2 parts sand, 4 parts gravel, and 1 part cement.
Ensure that the solution is heavy enough to hold the posts. Add adequate amount of water to the solution; excessive watering would weaken it, thereby leading to cracks.
►Now, inspect the plumb with the help of a carpenter's level and then ensure that the chalk mark stays at the ground level. Crown the post footings by moving the concrete away from the post in order to drain the water.
►Install the line postings properly and let the concrete harden for about one day. Once the base becomes sufficiently hard, stretch the taut in between the terminal posts. The taut should be positioned on the outer side of the posts at about 3-4 inches below the topmost part of the post.
►Now, calculate the distance between the line posts and the terminal posts with the help of a measuring tape. Beginning with the terminal post, spread the chain link fabric till the next terminal post.

►Next, take a tension bar through the very first row of the chain link fabric and then tighten the tension bar to the tension bands.
►Fix the fitting material and the rails to the terminal post. Slowly position the fabric against the fence and install the post joints to the gate posts. With a fence stretcher, stretch the fabric and then position the top portion of the gate with the top portion of the fence. Secure the bolts properly and then check everything for fittings and adjustment.
Check the fabric properly for its strength and durability. Also, while installing the fence, see that the distance between the posts is about 8-10 feet and not more than that. You can make use of portable chain link fence panels for smaller fences.
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