Install A Chain Link Fence

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A chain link fence is a great way of setting boundaries around an location such as your yard while still keeping the space open and being able to see all around. If you are looking for something to provide privacy then a chain link fence is probably not the best choice for you unless you are going to plant hedging along the fence. But by itself a chain link fence is very poor for seclusion because it is so open.

Installing such a fence can be quite expensive if you get a professional to do it but with a little assistance it is something that you can do by yourself. Here are a few guidelines to help you install a fence of your own.

Required Tools:
Post hole digger
Carpenter's level
Strong string and stakes

Required Materials:
Top rails
Terminal Posts
Line posts
Tension bars
Tension bands
Terminal post caps
Loop caps
Brace bands
Carriage bolts
Wire ties


As with all other home improvement projects, the first thing when installing a chain link fence is to check if you need any building and zoning permits before you put in your fence. As soon as this is worked out you may start. Use string and stakes to mark out the location where the fence will run. Locate your underground utilities and stake out the area they are in so you do not meddle with them.

Use the post hole digger to dig holes 8-10 inches wide with a even bottom and not a rounded one, in other words the posts must sit level in the hole. Set your terminal posts first (corner, end and gate posts) and use the cement to secure them in place. Use the level to guarantee that the posts are straight and level.

Next, dig holes for the line posts no more than 10 feet apart, between the terminal posts, 4 inches lower than the terminal posts and cement them into place as well; make sure they are also straight.

Now put the tension and brace bands over each terminal post and place a post cap on the top. Place loop caps on the top of each line post and run the top rail through the loop caps. Use carriage bolts to join the top rail to the brace band. Join the top rails together right around the fenced area.

Next unroll the chain link material on the ground along the fence line and place a tension bar through the last link on the fencing. Place the fencing against the posts and secure the tension bar to the terminal post with the tension bands and carriage bolts. Use the wire ties to stretch parts of the fencing to the top rail and prevent it from sagging.


Terminal posts must be 2 inches higher than the fencing material whereas line posts should be 2 inches shorter than the fencing material.
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This article was published on 2010/11/05