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How To Install A Chain Links Fence?

A chain link fence is one of the most versatile fencing options available, and it can be a great way to add privacy and security to your home. But before you can start installing your own chain link fence, there are a few things to consider.

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First, decide on the type of fence you want to build. A common option is a chain link fence that’s 4 feet high or higher and made with either galvanized steel or aluminum mesh. It’s also important to find out what your property line is. You can get this information from your local assessor’s office. 

Once you know your property line, you can start deciding on what size of the fence you need and what materials you’ll need to use. For instance, you’ll want to make sure you purchase enough fence fabric to cover the perimeter of your yard plus any gate openings. 

Next, you’ll need to determine how many posts you’ll need for the fence. A standard chain link fence is typically constructed with two 3/8-inch corner and end posts, as well as 1 5/8-inch line posts. Generally, these are set in holes about 8 inches wide and 30 inches deep. 

If you have trouble figuring out how many corner and end posts you’ll need, take a few measurements of your existing fence. You can use a tape measure or a yard meter to help you figure it out. 

Then, you’ll need to figure out how far apart the posts should be from each other. Your local assessor’s office can provide guidelines for this, but a general rule is to position your fence two to eight inches away from your property line. 

Once you’ve determined how far apart your posts should be, it’s time to dig the post holes. You’ll need to divide your total fence length by 10, and this number will determine how many terminal posts you’ll need. 

You’ll also need to measure the depth of each hole, then add four inches for gravel. Once you’ve determined how deep your fence post holes are, pour in the concrete and tamp it down until firm. 

Lastly, you’ll need to apply tension and brace bands to each terminal post. These will provide extra support to the fence and prevent it from heaving. Be sure to position the long, flat side of the bands toward the outside of the fence (facing the chain link side). 

Finally, attach aluminum tie wires to the top rail and line posts to hold the chain link mesh in place. Space the tie wires about 24 inches apart on each top rail and 12 inches apart on each line post. 

After all the posts are in place, apply the terminal post caps. Be sure to slope the concrete around each post to allow water to run away from the base and help avoid future heaving problems. 

If you’re concerned about people cutting your fence and driving through it, you may want to consider placing your posts closer together than is typically done. This isn’t a common change, but it can make it harder for anyone to break in.