CHAIN LINK FENCE INSTALLATION
Install Your Own Chain Link Fence
Step by Step Method for Installing Your Own Chain Link Fence
Step 1 – Survey Property Lines
Step 2 – Locate and set terminal posts
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Now, dig the holes as shown below in Figure 1. (To determine depth of hole see Figure 2-Measurement C)
Warning: When digging post holes watch for and check out any underground cables or pipe lines and contact your local utility.
Next, mark all posts with crayon or chalk for the correct height of fence you are installing (see Figure 2 below). Terminal posts should be set 2″ higher than the width of the fabric and line posts 2″ lower than the fabric width.
Set the terminal posts in concrete using a concrete mix as follows: 1 part cement, 2 parts sand, and 4 parts gravel. Mix a fairly heavy solution as too much water weakens concrete and may cause cracking. Use a carpenters level to set posts plumb. Crown all post footings for water drainage by sloping concrete away from post.
Step 3 – Locate and Set Line Posts
Mark the grade line on all line posts measuring from the top down as shown in Figure 2. Then measure the distance between terminal posts and check line post spacing chart (Figure 3 below) for exact distance to allow between line posts.
Next, stretch a masons line from outside of terminal posts to outside of terminal posts (be sure the concrete has set up sufficiently so as not to lose plumb). The line post holes should be lined up so that when they are set in the center of their holes, their centers will line up with the terminal post centers. This means the outside faxes of the line posts will be about ¼” inside of the line stretched between the outside of the terminal posts. Now dig the line post holes and set the line posts.
Next, stretch your masons line taut four inches below terminal post tops and use as a guide to a height of line posts (see Figure 4 above). If necessary to adjust height of any post either up or down, simply raise or lower post as illustrated before concrete sets up. Use your level to keep plumb while adjusting post height.
Step 4 – Apply Fittings to Terminal Posts
Step 5 – Apply Top Rail
Step 6-Hang Fabric
Step 7 – Stretch Fabric
Fabric should be stretched from the terminal post already attached to the opposite terminal post. Insert tension bar in end of fabric and attach fence stretcher to bar (ratchet type power pull, large carpenter’s clamps, block and tackle, or similar devise may be used. Most wire stretching tools of this type can be rented or borrowed locally).
As you stretch the fabric test it for tension (it is stretched enough when it gives slightly). The top of the fabric should be located approximately ½” above the top rail to insure proper height. After fence fabric is sufficiently tight, remove the excess the excess fabric as shown in Figure 11, and connect the tension bar to the post with tension bands. Also fasten the fabric to the top rail ad line posts with tie wires spaced approximately 18″ apart.
Step 8 – Hang Gates