How to Install a Chain Link Fence

What You'll Need
Post hole digger
Concrete mixture
Tape measure
Top rail
Terminal posts
Loop cap
Post cap
Chain link mesh
Tension bars
Brace and tension bands
Wire ties

A chain link fence can be a practical way to make a secure area for children or pets. The installation of a chain link fence does not need to be complicated and can be completed in just a few easy steps.

Step 1 - Measure

Measure the entire length of your future fence. There will be 2 kinds of poles in your chain link fence. These will be terminal posts, that sit on the corners and on either side of any gates, and normal poles. Each pole will have to be placed 8 feet apart so mark each location where you will need to dig a hole for a post.

Step 2 - Digging

Using a post hole digger will save time and ensure that the holes for your posts are dug straight down with a uniform circumference. Make sure your holes are 8 inches in diameter and 25 inches deep.

Step 3 - Concrete

Mix the concrete that your posts will sit in. Mix 1 part concrete, 2 parts sand and 4 parts gravel. Make your mixture thick as a mix that's too watery will not hold the posts correctly.

Step 4 - Installing the Terminal Posts

Set the terminal posts only with your concrete mixture. Let them set for 24 hours before moving onto the next step. Ensure they are set square by using small stakes to hold them in position while the concrete mix is setting. A level will help you achieve perfect results.

Step 5 - Installing Remaining Posts

Now, measure 4 inches below the top of the terminal posts and tie a string from post to post. The string marks the height of the remaining posts and will serve as a guide to know that you are setting the rest of the posts at an equal height. Set the remaining posts in their own concrete mix and ensure they are all level with your string. Let them set for 24 hours.

Step 6 - Terminal Post Fittings

Slip tension and brace bands onto your terminal posts. The bands look like unfinished metal bracelets that you will connect with carriage bolts. The brace band attaches the top rail (which runs horizontal at the top of the fence) to the terminal post and the tension band attaches the tension bar (which runs vertical next to the terminal bar) to the terminal post.

Fit the top of each regular post with a loop cap, which holds the top rail on top of those posts. The terminal bars are fitted with flat post caps because the top rail does not sit on top of the terminal posts.

Step 7 - Assembling the Fence

Unroll the chain link mesh on the ground outside of the posts. Take one tension bar and thread it through the first row on the side of chain link mesh. Lift the mesh upright so that your tension bar is now resting on the terminal post. Next, attach the tension bar to the terminal post with the brace bands so that the tension bar is parallel to the terminal post. As you continue to unroll the chain link mesh, attach it to the top rail at even intervals with your wire ties.