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How to Install Chain Link Fence Without Concrete? 

If you have a lot of work to do on your property, or if you’re looking for an easy way to save a few dollars, then installing your chain link fence without concrete might be the best option. It can cut down on the cost of concrete, trowels, and gravel, and also save you time. 

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Before you begin to install the chain link fence, you will need to determine where you want to place the posts. This will help you decide how far apart to space them and what type of soil to use. 

Once you’ve determined where you want your fence to be placed, use a post hole digger or auger to dig the holes for the posts. You should make sure that the holes are deep enough to accommodate at least two feet of each post’s length. This is especially important if you’re using an 8-foot post, as you will need to dig the post holes at least 2 feet deep and double the width of the post to ensure that it stands up straight. 

After the posts are dug, you will then need to pour concrete into the holes. This will secure the posts in place and prevent them from tilting or bending over time. 

To start, you will need a pointed shovel, a post-hole digger, and a post-hole auger, along with some concrete mixing items. A wheelbarrow, a mortar pan, and mixing hoes will be helpful as well. 

First, measure the distance between each line post and mark the location with a stake or spray paint. This will make it easier for you to install the top rail later on. 

You will need to install a tension bar at each terminal post, which adds additional strength to the fence. It also keeps the chain link from bowing. This requires some serious muscle, so Christofora recommends enlisting a few helpers. 

Next, cut the top and bottom links of each mesh about 4 inches above the bottom edge of the mesh and undo the wire between the cuts. Repeat this process until all the top and bottom links are separated from each other. 

Depending on how long the fence will be, you may need to re-weave each piece of mesh. If you are not sure, refer to the instructions on your fence manufacturer’s website. 

Once you have the chain link fence woven together, attach each end post with a tension band. This will create a smooth, even finish that looks great. 

If you’re building a high-end fence, you may also need to brace and truss the line posts for added support. This is also a good time to check the height of the line posts and remove any that are too tall. 

To finish the job, you will need to assemble the rest of the chain link fence. It is best to have someone else do this as they will be able to stretch the chain link more easily and eliminate any extra slack that could cause the fence to droop or sag.