Chain Link Fence Installation

Before Installation

Installing a chainlink fence is a process and is not as easy as it looks. First, in order to make it legal, you must obtain a permit from your local government. You must find out about type, height and setback regulations. . You also need to find out whether your particular neighborhood has any of its own covenants regarding type and height. Secondly, you must determine exactly where your property lines are established. That can’t be done without professional assistance such as hiring a surveyor or obtaining it in your city’s records. Next, you call 811, which connects you to companies related to home improvement and yard work.
Once you have done all of the above, you’re ready to start digging for the posts.

Beginning of Installation

First, you will need to measure about two to four inches for your post holes inside of your property’s lines. This prevents it from spilling into your neighbor’s. Next, measure the total area of your fence, including how much the mesh will take up so that you don’t end up spending more than you need. You may want to consult a local retailer for guidelines on how many posts you’ll need.
Start with the Posts

Next, you’ll mark the spots where you intend to dig the holes for your posts. You can do this with spray paint though it would probably be environmentally safer to do so with stakes. Now you’re ready to start digging. Remember, you don’t want your posts to be so loose that they could easily be dug up. The best way is to dig your holes three times the width and a third of the length of your posts with four inches to spare.

Next, you want to fill your holes with three to four inches of gravel and compact it to make a solid foundation for the posts. Now you’re ready to install the post. Mark its height with chalk to ensure that it’s equal to the mesh with about an inch or two to spare.

Next, make sure that the post is standing exactly vertical by using a carpenter’s plumb, clamps and pieces of lumbar. Then fill the holes with concrete and seal with a trowel (a small handheld tool with a flat but pointed blade) or small piece of wood.

Next, you’re ready to add the line posts. Just string the terminal posts and repeat the same installation processes.

Afterward, slide tension bands on each post as these help hold up the mesh. Top them with the corresponding caps and adjust accordingly.
Now you’re ready to add the top rails. Cut off any excess length with a hacksaw. If they’re too short, you can add length by using rails with coupling ends.

After all of the rails have been properly adjusted, add dirt and compact it firmly around the posts’ holes. Now you’re ready for the mesh.

First, install the tension bars through each end of the mesh. With help, you then bolt the tension bars to the posts’ tension bands. Then unroll the mesh and loosely tie the top ends to the top rails. Splice and remove excess sections as necessary. Stretch the chain length to prevent drooping then thread the puller’s bar. You’re now ready to install a second tension bar through the ends and stretch a second time. Tie the loose ends and add and tighten tension wire at the bottom of the mesh

Sources: (for definition of trowel)