A chain link fence is an excellent barrier between your property and the outside world. What’s more, it does its job without damaging the aesthetics of your property. Before you can take advantage of these benefits, however, you need to install a chain link fence. In this blog post, we look at the intricate steps required to install a chain link fence.
It’s one of those DIY jobs that can give you years of enjoyment if you do it well.
INSTALLATION OF FENCING: PRELIMINARY STEPS
Decide what type of chain link fence you want to install on your property
Despite what you commonly see, there is not one type of chain link fence. You can get vinyl or galvanized chain link fencing in many different colors.
Figure out exactly where your property lines are
You don’t want to start digging holes in your neighbor’s — or public — property.
Contact the local government to obtain any necessary digging permits
Because installing chain link fence requires a significant amount of digging, you need to contact the local government and find out what permits, if any, are needed to legally proceed with the installation of your fence.
Contact they utility company so that they can mark places that you should avoid
Digging up or damaging power or sewer lines is not a good thing. In order to avoid this problem, be sure to contact your local utility company so that they can mark off any places that you shouldn’t touch.
Find out if there are any HOA (or other property ownership organization) restrictions
Any local property associations that you are affiliated with may have certain restrictions on how you can install your fence. Contact them before you begin the installation process to make sure that you comply.
Measure how much fencing you will need
You need to have the right amount of fencing for your area. Otherwise, you will end up wasting your money on too much or wasting your time by having to purchase more fencing materials.
INSTALLATION OF FENCING: INSTALLATION STEPS
Dig and fill terminal post holes
These will serve as the foundation for your chain link fence. This involves drilling holes where your terminal posts will be and filling them with about 4 inches of gravel. Do not skip over this step, as doing this correctly will prevent your fence from falling over.
Place your terminal posts
Add your terminal posts to each hole; fill the holes with concrete for stabilization.
Run a line between your terminal posts
This will serve as a guide to keep the rest of your fence straight.
Dig the line post holes
When installing chain link fence, these holes should be between 18 and 24 inches deep.
Add the connecting pieces to your posts
Start out by adding the bands and caps to the tops of the posts; then connect the top rails to the bands at the top of your fence.
Add the chain link fence mesh
Start out by hooking the end of the mesh to the bands of one terminal post. Then roll the fence out, attaching the mesh to the top rail as you go. Do this for each successive pair of posts.
Stretch the mesh tight with a fence puller
This will prevent the mesh of the fence from sagging or being pushed up.
When all else fails, hire a professional
We spend a great deal of time trying to make our blog a resource, and we hope it helps you. That said, if this process sounds daunting, and you feel uncomfortable installing a chain link fence, we’d love to be your fence expert. We install fences across the Southeast, and we would appreciate your business.
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