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How to Install a Chain Link Fence


How to Install a Chain link fence

1 Locate the boundary lines to your property and drive stakes into the ground along the extension of your property line. Stretch a string between each stake.

2 Dig post holes 8" wide and 18" to 30" deep, with vertical sides (the hole should not slope but be perfectly straight top to bottom).
3 With crayon or chalk, mark the ground line on the posts. Once in place, the terminal posts should be the height of the fabric plus two inches.
4 Set posts in concrete with a mixture of 1-part cement, 2-parts sand and 4-parts gravel. Mix a fairly heavy solution, as too much water weakens concrete, resulting in cracking. Posts should be centered in the hole.
5 Check the plumb with a carpenter's level, making sure the chalk or crayon marks remains at ground level.
6 When plumb, crown all concrete post footings for water drainage by sloping concrete away from post.
7 Locate and set line posts. After 24 hours, when the concrete footings have hardened enough for posts to stay plumb, stretch taut between terminal posts. It should be positioned on the outside face of the posts, 4" below the top.
8 Measure the distance between terminal posts to determine exact distance between line posts.
9 Starting at terminal post, unroll chain link fabric on the ground, along the outside of the fence line to next terminal post. Slide a tension bar through the first row of chain-link. Fasten the tension bar/fabric combination to the evenly spaced tension bands.
10 Add fittings to terminal post and then add rail end bands. Apply all post caps to terminal posts and top rail. Walk along the fabric, and stand it up against the the fence frame, taking out the slack as you go. Apply post hinges to gate post.

11 Stretch the fabric. Set gate in place aligning top of gate with top of fence. Adjust hinges to allow for full swing. Tighten all bolts securely.

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