Chain Link Fence Installation Tips

A chain link fence can keep people out of your yard and help make sure that children and pets stay safely inside it. Installing a chain link fence can be a do it yourself project, but there are some things you should keep in mind.

Pick the Right Fence

Chain link fences come in a variety of different styles and grades. When shopping, find a company with samples set up that allow you to feel the difference fence options.

Some chain link fences are built quite well and will stand up to a lot of wear and tear. Others are built thinly and using low quality metals. This can lead to them being damaged more easily. While a thin chain link fence may save you money, remember that it will likely have a significantly shorter lifespan than a higher quality model.

Positioning Your Fence

Before you begin installation, figure out exactly where your fence is going to be. Make sure that you stay at least 6 inches from the edge of your property line. This will ensure that when you dig post holes, you do not end up with part of the hole on your neighbor’s or public property.

Placing the Posts

Place the transitional and corner posts first. This will allow you to figure out what spacing you need to use to make sure your posts are as evenly spaced as possible.

When installing the posts, make sure the tops are all equal in height. This means that you may need to dig deeper or shallower post holes to compensate for any slight inclines or dips that may exist in your yard.

Pouring the Concrete

Remember that the concrete should extend up above the ground. The aim should be to make the concrete form a bubble around the post. This will cause any rainwater to flow off the concrete onto the dirt and prevent water from standing around the post holes. Standing water, over time, can cause wear to the concrete, which can lead to problems.

Allow the concrete to dry for at least 48 hours before installing the fittings or running the fence material. If you do not let the concrete dry long enough, your posts may lean.

Make Sure the Chain Link Fence is Tight

When actually installing the chain link fencing, make sure that it is pulled tightly up to each of the posts. Failure to do this will result in parts of the fence sagging. Sagging is unattractive, causes weak spots and can lead to a reduced lifespan for the fence.