Chain Link Fencing Cutting Instructions
Chain link fencing is an affordable way to add security and privacy to your yard. However, it is not without its challenges. Whether you are removing the fence yourself or hiring a professional, there are some things that you should know before you start cutting.
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Before you begin, make sure that you have all the necessary tools. The best tool for the job is a pair of bolt cutters. Bolt cutters are easy to use and make short work of chain link fence sections.
First, you should mark the section of chain link that you want to cut. If you have a slope, you may need to make multiple cuts. If you have a slight grade, only one cut will be necessary.
Once you have marked the section that you want to cut, remove a few of the fence ties from the end of the chain link fabric. Pull out the slack in the fabric, but don’t stretch it too tight or you will damage the chain link.
Next, insert a tension bar about three feet short of the corner or end post that you want to end the mesh on. Hook the come-along cable puller winch to it.
Slide the tension bar down through the fence fabric, following the strand of wire that you are marking with the marker. After the bar passes through, cut the triangle-shaped excess fence fabric behind it. This will help reduce the sag that could occur.
You can also cut the extra fence fabric that is wrapped around the fence frame by using a pair of wire cutters. If you don’t have a pair of wire cutters, you can use a pair of pliers to unwind the strands of wire that wrap around the frame.
During installation, the top railing is typically placed on top of line posts that are slipped through loop caps. The offset round side of the loop cap should slant toward the outside of the fence. You can also use a rail-end fitting to attach the top rail sections.
The terminal post holes are usually 8″ in diameter and 30″ deep, with sloping sides. They are set about 2 inches above the ground and should be plumb with a string. The above-ground height of the posts is equal to the height of the chain link fence plus 2″.
Connect Terminal Posts
Dig the terminal post holes using a post hole digger, making them approximately 8″ in diameter and 30″ deep with sloping sides. The above-ground height of the posts should be equal to the height of the chain link fence fabric plus 2″.
Once the terminal posts are set, surround them with concrete in a continuous pour, then trowel finishes to create a downward slope that will direct water away from the post. This will make it easier to install posts in the future.
Before you start removing the chain link, make sure that you have all the necessary supplies. You can use a chain link remover and a pair of chain link fence pliers to cut the chain link at both ends of the sections that you want to remove.