Chain link fences offer a wonderful way to improve the safety and security of your home without detracting from the natural splendor of your surrounding landscape. Yet, many homeowners wonder how to install a chain link fence properly.
But adding to the value, beauty, and functionality of your property with a new fence can be done with confidence by following these basic steps.
Plan your work, work your plan.
Some preliminary work is required before you can start digging; but spending a little extra time on the planning process before you don your work gloves can save you hours of frustration and waste later on.
Know Your Property Lines.
You don’t want to end up with a lovely new fence, only to find out that it must be removed because it extend beyond your property boundaries.
Codes Are Important.
Call your power and water providers to request the marking of any underground utility lines on your property. Many states offer a “call before you dig” hotline that makes this step a breeze.
Get Your Permits and Know the Restrictions.
Check with your county courthouse about building permits and codes. Just knowing how to install a chain link fence isn’t enough, you’ll also need to contact your homeowner’s association (if applicable) to learn about any fence restrictions or requirements, such as height or style.
• Take Measurements. It’s a good idea to create an overhead drawing of the proposed location of your new fence. This will give you a nice place to write measurements, locate posts, and perform calculations.
• Purchasing. Take your drawing with you when you buy. Fence suppliers can help with the additional post caps, top rails, bands, and other hardware required. You’ll also need to purchase an adequate amount of loose gravel and concrete ready-mix, as well as safety goggles, gloves, and other protective gear.
How To Install A Chain Link Fence 101
“Never enough time to do it right, but always enough time to do it over.”
Take your time on each step and always consider safety first.
1. Digging Terminal Post Holes. The terminal posts are the foundational structure for your chain link fence, so the holes should be at least 30 inches deep and filled with at least 4 inches of compacted gravel. The main purpose of compaction is to provide a level surface for the post.
2. Set the Terminal Posts. One at-a time, place each terminal post in its assigned location, measure for height, and back fill the hole with concrete. You’ll want to plumb the post as you back fill the hole to prevent tilting.
3. Locate and Set Line Posts. Once the concrete is at least partially set, string a line between your terminal posts to ensure that your fence line will be straight. Follow the steps used for placing the terminal posts; however, these holes only need to be approximately 18-24 inches deep.
4. Hardware and Top Rails. Now you’ll need to attach the fittings and post caps to your posts, followed by your top rails.
5. Install the Mesh. Begin by attaching the end of the mesh to the first terminal post’s bands, then roll out the mesh while attaching it to the top rails as you move along the fence. Try to keep the mesh as taught as possible during this step.
6. Tightening the Mesh. The final step of installation involves a mesh puller. This tool is designed to properly tighten the chain link mesh.
Knowing how to install a chain link fence with confidence can make this DIY project a rewarding and beautiful addition to your property.
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