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How to Install Chain Link Fence Post?

When it’s time to install a new fence, it’s important to understand the process. This will help you get the job done quickly and smoothly. 

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First, decide which type of fence you want to build. This will determine the type of chain link fence post you need and how to install it. You’ll also need to decide the amount of chain link fabric, top rail, and terminal posts you’ll need to get the job done. 

Step 1 – Prepare the ground for installation

To start, check that your land is level and that you don’t have any obstacles or other hazards in your way. If you do, adjust the ground line accordingly. 

Next, dig holes for corners, gates, and end posts. These posts will be the tallest ones you’ll install. Make sure they’re wide enough for your fence, and that they’re set to the correct height. 

After you’ve dug your posts, set them in the ground with a level and a plumb line. Use a helper to hold them plumb or brace them using stakes, as needed. 

Now fill the holes for your terminal posts with concrete, according to the instructions from your fence manufacturer. This will create a solid base for your fence and provide some protection from water runoff. 

Once the concrete is set, you can move on to installing the chain link fence. If you’re not experienced with installing chain link, it may be better to hire a fence contractor to do the work for you. 

Step 2 – Hang and Stretch the Chain Link Fabric

You’ll need a come-along tool to help you hang and stretch the chain link fabric. You can purchase one of these at a hardware store. 

Place one end of the come-along on an end post, and then insert the other end into the end of the fence fabric, so it’s just below the terminal post. Have someone hold the fence fabric against the frame while you tighten it with the come-along tool. 

As you tighten it, watch the mesh closely to ensure that it doesn’t loosen or change the height. If it does, use a pair of lineman’s pliers to reshape the mesh. 

Step 3 – Apply Tension Bands to Each End Post

You’ll need to fasten tension bands to each end post that will connect the chain link to the other terminal posts. These bands give the fabric its vertical rigidity and prevent the top and bottom loops of the mesh from slipping past each other. 

The number of tension bands you’ll need per hook-up is based on the height of your fence. For example, a 4-foot high fence requires at least three tension bands on each hook-up. 

Step 4 – Tie Wires, Top Rail, and Line Posts

After you’ve woven the bottom loops of your chain link fence fabric into the top rails and line posts, use separate aluminum wires called tie wires to attach the fencing. Slide the tie wire through a loop in the top of the fence link, around the top rail, and back around to the fence, tying it tightly. Space the ties about 24 inches along the top rail and 12 inches on each line post.