If you are considering upgrading your property with an attractive and functional chain link fence, you may simultaneously be deciding whether you’d prefer to complete the installation yourself or if you require the help of a professional. Regardless of your choice, learning how to install chain link fence materials can provide you the appropriate knowledge to make an informed decision as to which option best meets your individual needs.
Although it may seem intimidating, installing a chain link fence, even on uneven ground, is a project that a talented DIY weekend warrior can pull off. Attention to detail is key; with careful planning and studying of these installation directions, you can enjoy the benefits of a newly fenced-in area.
Complete the following steps to properly install chain link fencing, even on uneven ground:
- Do your homework and determine what paperwork you need to complete before beginning the work; many communities have restrictions and regulations about fencing, and permits are required in some situations. A plat map can be used to locate your property lines for precise placement of your fence, which should be a minimum of 4″ inside your line. Of course, don’t forget to allow for DOT or utility right of way rules, or you may have to move your fence almost immediately!
- Locate and clearly mark each corner of the area you will be fencing. Dig holes at each corner that are 10″ wide at the top and widen to 12″ at the bottom with a depth that allows each post to stand 2″ above the height of your fencing material. If you are using 4 ft fencing fabric, you would need to dig each terminal post hole 1’10” deep, for example.
- Place each corner post in its hole and pour your concrete mixture around the post. Using a level, ensure each post is perfectly straight. Return for any adjustments after the concrete has stiffened but not completely hardened to ensure that all your terminal posts have remained perfectly straight.
- Once the concrete has hardened, tie a string 4″ below the top of each terminal post and connect it to the next terminal post. Along this line, measure the exact distances needed to properly space the thinner line posts as well as any additional wider terminal posts if needed. Typically, terminal posts are placed every 40′ while line posts are placed every ten feet.
- Dig holes 8″ deep at the top and 10″ at the bottom at a depth which allows each line post to stand 2″ below the top of the fencing material, then place your line posts and/or additional terminal posts (with holes dug to a depth which allows each wider terminal post to stand 2″ higher than the fencing fabric) in each hole followed by the concrete mixture, then level in the same manner as for each terminal corner post. Make sure to recheck after the concrete has become firm but not completely hardened to make any needed leveling adjustments. This is also the time to raise or lower each line post so that the top of each is at the level of the line strung between each corner post.
- Unroll approximately one foot of the fencing material and attach it to the first terminal post using metal latching and wire. Continue attaching the fencing to each post until complete.
- Attach the cap crowns on each post then attach the fencing fabric itself to the caps.
With careful preparation, do-it-yourselfers may find that learning how to install chain link fence is not only easier than expected, but can also be an enjoyable activity that brings a deep sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.
Of course, if this sounds daunting, don’t hesitate to reach out and hire a professional team. We’re a family business, we’re local, and we’d love to help you add security, safety and beauty to your property, at a price you’ll love.