How to Increase the Height of a Chain Link Fence

What You'll Need
Panel sleeves
New fencing

A chain link fence provides a good way to mark your property and to keep animals and humans away from designated areas of your property. However, if you have an older chain link fence or one that was erected before you bought the property, it might not be high enough for your current needs. It is possible to increase the height of a chain link fence without tearing everything out and replacing it. Be warned, however, that the task takes some extensive work.

Step 1 - Remove the Old Fencing

If you want to install, for example, a chain link fence that is 6 feet instead of the current 4 foot height, you’ll need to begin by removing the old fencing. If it’s been there for several years, this could prove to be a long job. Use pliers to disconnect the wires ties that hold the chain link fencing onto the fence posts and horizontal connectors. From there, you’ll be able to roll up the old chain link fence although it might have become embedded in the ground in some areas.

Once you have all of the old chain link fencing removed, dispose of it or store it out of the way. Now, you’ll need to use your wrench to take out the horizontal connectors. Work one at a time and keep them on the ground close to where they will be used on the new fence. Mark them so you know where each one goes. Finally, remove the cap section from the fence posts. This includes the connectors for the horizontal poles.

Step 2 - New Panel Sleeves

The fence posts for your chain link fence should have an outside diameter of 1 5/8 inches which is a standard size. You will be able to use a post of slightly larger dimensions to add height to the fence. Let’s assume you wish to add 2 feet in height. Use a sleeve that’s 3 feet in height and slide 12 inches of it over the old post. Mark the position on the post and drill 2 holes at 90 degrees from each other through both the sleeve and the fence post. Use screws to attach the sleeve to keep it secure on the post. Repeat this for all the posts along the length of the fence.

Step 3 - Cap and Horizontal Connectors

Put the cap on top of the sleeve, using your wrench to secure it tightly, and add the horizontal connectors between the fence posts so you have the skeleton of the fencing structure. The horizontal connectors will add strength to the structure and help keep it firm. Continue until all the horizontal connectors are back in place.

Step 4 - New Fencing

Now you’re ready to put the new fencing on the frame. Start from one end, using new wire ties to keep the fence in place and hold it firm. Use the ties about every 2 feet to keep tension in the fence and continue this process around the entire area.

Step 5 - Gate

You gate will still be at the old height. You can either leave it as it is or replace it with an entirely new gate of the desired height. The gates are separate units and connect or disconnect with bolts fitted around the posts.