Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Install a Chain Link Fence [News Center] (2015-4-14 14:59:32)

 

Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Install a Chain Link Fence---By Carson Barrett

 

Installing a fence can provide safety and security for your home, keeping your kids and dogs in your yard while keeping other people out. Many types of fencing available for homeowners, but one of the most popular is chain-link. A chain-link fence is one of the more economical choices in fencing materials, and you can install it yourself, saving money on labor. 

Instructions

1. Draw the fence line on the ground with a can of spray paint. Go around any immovable objects such as trees.

 

2. Measure the length of the fence line to determine the amount of materials needed for the fence.

 

3. Dig the holes for the fence posts, using a post-hole digger. Place one hole every 10 feet along the fence line, digging deep enough to accommodate at least one-third the length of the fence posts. Dig the holes for the line posts 4 to 6 inches wide and the holes for the terminal posts 6 to 8 inches wide. The terminal posts are the wider posts used at the ends of the fence, in corners and next to the gates.

 

4. Pour a 4-inch layer of gravel into each hole and tamp it down with the end of a 2-by-4 board.

 

5. Mix a batch of concrete, following the instructions on the packaging.

 

6. Pour concrete into the first hole until it's about half full. Set the post into the hole and check it for plumb (vertically straight). Finish filling the hole with concrete and check the post for plumb again. To help with drainage, slope the concrete away from the post.

 

7. Set the rest of the fence posts, using the same method you used for the first post. Allow the concrete to cure for at least three days.

 

8. Slide the brace band, tension band and post cap onto the terminal posts and the loop caps on top of the line posts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Insert a length of top rail pipe through the loop cap next to the first terminal post, sliding it toward the terminal post. Connect it to the terminal post with the brace band. Do this at every terminal post along the fence line.

 

10. Install top rail pipe along the rest of the fence line. Cut the rail pipe with a hacksaw when needed and connect different pieces of pipe with top rail sleeves.

 

11. Unroll the chain-link mesh on the ground near the fence posts on the first side. Slide a tension bar through the end of the fabric near the first terminal post.

 

12. Stand the fabric up against the fence posts. Connect the tension bar to the terminal post with the tension bands.

 

13. Walk along the fence line and stretch out the fabric, connecting the fabric to the top rail with wire ties every 3 feet.

 

14. Insert a tension bar through the fabric 3 feet inside the next terminal post. Connect the fence puller to the end post and tension bar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15. Stretch the chain-link fabric with a fence-puller, pulling it tight enough that there is little give when you try to squeeze the fabric with your hands.

 

16. Untie the top and bottom wires of the fabric and unwind the excess fabric.

 

17. Insert a tension bar through the end of the fabric. Connect it to the terminal post with the tension bands.

 

18. Disconnect the fence-puller and remove the tension bar it's connected to.

 

19. Connect the fabric to the fence posts with wire ties every 12 inches.

 

20. Install the chain-link fabric on the other sides of the fence, using the same method you used for the first section.

 

21. Bolt the bottom box hinges to the gate posts about 2 inches off the ground and place the gate on the bottom hinge.

 

22. Slide the top hinge onto the post and slide it down onto the gate. Bolt the top hinge onto the gate post.