How to Fix a Chain Link Fence That is Curling Up?
Whether you have a chain link fence because you like the privacy it provides or to keep your dog inside, it’s important to know how to fix a chain link fence that is curling up. Fortunately, it’s easier than you might think to mend your fence without having to replace the entire thing.
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First, you’ll need to find out why your chain link fence is curling up in the first place. This could be due to a variety of factors such as weather, pets, or the age of your fence. It’s also possible that the chain link fence is curling up because it isn’t holding itself up properly on either side.
One of the easiest ways to repair a section of a chain link fence is by replacing it with new fencing fabric. This involves cutting out a portion of the damaged fence, attaching a new piece of fencing fabric, and reattaching it to the existing chain link.
To start, cut a piece of replacement fence fabric that’s about 1-2 links longer than the damaged fabric on either side. Use the damaged fabric as a guide to measure out the new fence, and align the edges of the replacement fabric to the right edge of the existing fence. Repeat the process on the other side of the replacement fence.
Once you have a new fence, connect it to the top rails on both sides using temporary wire ties. This will help ensure that the new fence stays in place and prevents it from sagging or coming loose.
Next, untie the corresponding wire ties along the rails and base of your fence to release the chain link fabric. Alternatively, you can cut the wire ties in the damaged area and then tie them to new ties on the other end of the fabric.
If your fence is curving up because it’s not holding itself up well on either side, it’s time to replace the bottom tension wire. This wire is installed during a new installation and normally runs between terminal posts.
You can install the tension wire by wrapping it around the bottom of a post, or you can put it on the back of a nut and bolt that holds a brace band in place. Either way, this wire will reinforce the bottom of your chain link fence and help it hold its shape and not fall out when animals try to push it out.
After installing the tension wire, you can use a come-along or cable puller to stretch it out across your fence. This will also strengthen the chain link fabric that stretches from post to post.
Finally, once the wire is stretched out, you can cut a piece of replacement chain link fabric and use it to repair the fence that’s curving up on the other side of the broken fabric. Just be sure to follow the same steps as you did for the original fence and secure it to the top rails with a wire tie every few inches from the last tie.