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Posted 2013-08-22T21:44:54+0000  by worffej13 worffej13

Howdy worffej13,


Here is a quick guide for installing a chain link fence;


Parts Of A Chain-Link Fence

Chain-link fence parts

Shown at left: (A) line post cap; (B) top rail; (C) end post cap; (D) rail caps; (E) tension band; (F) tie wire; (G) line post; (H) tension wire; (I) corner post; (J) tension bar.


Posts and rails provide the basic structure for a chain link fence. The rails fit through looped caps on the line posts and are attached to corner and end posts by rail caps. The chain link mesh is stretched across the posts, and tension bands slip around the end post to hold what’s called a tension bar. Fasten the top of the mesh to the rails and the line posts, and run a wire through the bottom of the mesh to hold it in place.  Shop chain link fencing and all fencing materials at The Home Depot.







Assembling the Posts and Rails


Step 1: Dig the Post Holes

Step 1: Dig the post holes

Dig postholes three times wider than the post diameter: 6 to 8 inches for end and corner posts, 4 to 6 inches for line posts and 1/3 of the length of the pole plus 4 inches for gravel. Fill all the holes with 4 inches of gravel and tamp. Add 6 inches of concrete to the corner, gate, and end postholes only. Put posts in the wet concrete and plumb them with a level.


Step 2: Fill the Holes With Concrete

Step 2: Fill the holes with concrete

Finish filling in the corner, gate, and end postholes with concrete. Check the posts for plumb after every few shovelfuls and adjust as needed. Slope the top of the concrete so water drains away from the posts. Let the concrete cure for two to three days. Do not fill the holes for the line posts with concrete, and don’t put the line posts in place.


Step 3: Attach Tension Bands and Gate Hardware

Step 3: Attach tension bands and gate hardware

Slide tension bands onto each corner, gate, and end post. (The bands will help hold the mesh in place once it’s installed. You will use 3 for a 4-foot fence, 4 for a 5-foot fence, and 5 for a 6-foot fence.) Put hinges and latch hardware onto the gateposts at roughly their final positions—they’re hard to install later. Use a rubber mallet to drive end post caps onto the gate, corner, and end posts and slip a brace band over each installed post.


Step 4: Install All Caps

Step 4: Install all caps

Install looped caps, end post caps, and rail caps. Drive looped caps onto the line posts with the mallet and put the posts in their holes, but don’t fill the holes. Bolt a rail cap to each brace band, tightening just enough to hold the cap in place. Feed the rails through the looped caps. Cut rails with a pipe cutter or hacksaw, if needed. If you need longer rails, join them together using rails with a slightly smaller wedged end that fits into a full-size rail.


Step 5: Attach the Rails

Step 5: Attach the rails

Fit the rails into the rail caps and raise or lower each cap to the final height of the mesh, including 2 inches clearance at the bottom. Tighten the brace bands, fill the holes around the line posts with dirt, and tamp until firm.


Installing the Chain Link

Step 1: Unroll the Mesh and Install A Tension Bar

Step 1: Unroll the Mesh and Install A Tension Bar

Lay the chain link mesh on the ground outside the fence. Run a tension bar through the links at the end of the mesh. The bar makes the end of the fence rigid and provides something to attach to the posts.


Step 2: Attach the Tension Bar to the Posts

 Step 2: Attach the Tension Bar to the Posts

With a helper, stand the mesh up and use a socket wrench to bolt the tension bar into the tension bands on one of the end posts. Align the mesh so it overlaps the rail by 1 to 2 inches and sits about 2 inches above the ground.


Step 3: Stretch the Mesh

Step 3: Stretch the Mesh

Chain link mesh must be pulled taut or it will sag. Stretching is done with a tool called a fence puller (A). Note location of tension bar (B). Insert a pull bar through the unattached mesh a few feet from the final post. Attach the yoke (C) to the pull bar.


Step 4: Attach the Other End of the Fence Puller to the Final Post

Step 4: Attach the Other End of the Fence Puller to the Final Post

Crank the fence puller until the loops of mesh move no more than ¼” when you squeeze them together. If the mesh changed height or became distorted during tightening, pull on it to reshape it.


Step 5: Insert A Tension Bar

Step 5: Insert A Tension Bar

Without releasing the fence puller, insert a tension bar in the mesh, close enough so it can be fastened to the tension bands on the end post nearest the fence puller. To remove the excess mesh between the tension bar and end post, open a loop at the top and bottom, then twist and pull the strand free.


Step 6: Attach the Tension Bar

Step 6: Attach the Tension Bar

Pull the tension bar into the tension bands on the end post by hand, then tighten the bolts on the bands with a socket wrench. Release the fence puller and remove the pull bar to which it was attached. Repeat the entire hanging and stretching process along the remaining sides of the fence.


Step 7: Tie the Fence to the Rails

Step 7: Tie the Fence to the Rails

Bend one end of an aluminum tie wire into a hook and grab the bottom strand of the opening above the rail. Loop the tie wire around the top rail, pull it firmly, and tie it back onto the mesh. Space the tie wires every 12 to 16 inches along the rail, then attach them to the line posts.


Step 8: Run Wire Through the Bottom Loops of Mesh

Step 8: Run Wire Through the Bottom Loops of Mesh

Thread a tension wire through the bottom loops of the mesh and tighten it around the end posts. Wrap the wire around itself several times to fasten it. An alternative to threading the wire is to attach it to the mesh every 2 feet or so with hog rings. (See inset.)


DESIGNER TIP: PRIVACY SLATS A chain link fence serves well to keep the dog in the yard, but it won’t give you much privacy. Privacy slats, available at most home centers, let you keep the dog in (or out) and give you some privacy. Privacy slats are available in a variety of colors. The easiest to work with are thin and flexible, much like the slats of Venetian blinds. Weave the slats on a diagonal through the mesh.


So there you go, chain-link fencing explained,


Happy building,

Posted 2013-08-22T23:05:17+0000  by Dave_HD_OC
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