Chain Link Fence

Chain Link Fence

Preparing Fence Layout Use the following steps to lay out your chain-link fence. Good to KnowBefore beginning any excavation, check for underground utilities. Dial 811 for a national directory of utility companies. Step 1 Locate your property’s boundary lines. It’s recommended that all posts be set approximately 4 inches inside the property line so that concrete footings don’t encroach onto any adjoining property. Step 2 Measure the overall length of your planned fence to determine how many feet of chain-link fabric and top rail will be required (Fig. 1). Step 3 Mark the location of each terminal post (corner, end and gateposts are called terminal posts) with a stake. When determining the positions of gateposts, remember that clearance for hinges, latches, etc., is included in the listed opening width of the gate. Therefore, if you ordered a gate for a 36-inch opening, the post spacing should be exactly 36 inches, inside post face to inside post face.
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Chain Link Fence

Stretching Fence Fabric Step 1 Temporarily insert a tension bar about 3 feet inside the unattached end of fabric. Securely fasten one end of the fence stretcher to the tension bar and the other end to the terminal post (Fig. 17). Stretch the fabric. The correct fabric tension should allow a slight amount of give when squeezed by hand. Remove the temporary tension bar. Step 2 Adjust the fabric to the exact length by adding or removing wire as shown in figures 15 and 16. Insert a tension bar at the end of the fabric and connect it to the tension bands on the terminal post. If the top of the chain-link fabric doesn’t create a right angle to the terminal post, the fabric must be cut on a bias so that the tension bar can slide into the fabric at the proper angle. Pull the chain-link fabric until the top or the bottom, whichever is shortest, reaches the terminal post. The other corner of the fabric will extend past the terminal post. Insert the tension bar at an angle through the fabric parallel to the terminal post (Fig. 18). Step 3 Remove the excess wire by cutting the strands that form the diamond at the tension bar, leaving them long enough to bend over the bar. Don’t cut every wire. The number of wires cut depends on the degree of slope and the height of the fence.
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Chain Link Fence

Step 1 Temporarily insert a tension bar about 3 feet inside the unattached end of fabric. Securely fasten one end of the fence stretcher to the tension bar and the other end to the terminal post (Fig. 17). Stretch the fabric. The correct fabric tension should allow a slight amount of give when squeezed by hand. Remove the temporary tension bar. Step 2 Adjust the fabric to the exact length by adding or removing wire as shown in figures 15 and 16. Insert a tension bar at the end of the fabric and connect it to the tension bands on the terminal post. If the top of the chain-link fabric doesn’t create a right angle to the terminal post, the fabric must be cut on a bias so that the tension bar can slide into the fabric at the proper angle. Pull the chain-link fabric until the top or the bottom, whichever is shortest, reaches the terminal post. The other corner of the fabric will extend past the terminal post. Insert the tension bar at an angle through the fabric parallel to the terminal post (Fig. 18). Step 3 Remove the excess wire by cutting the strands that form the diamond at the tension bar, leaving them long enough to bend over the bar. Don’t cut every wire. The number of wires cut depends on the degree of slope and the height of the fence.
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Chain Link Fence

Before Beginning Your Fence Installation It’s important to check: That fence footings don’t exceed legally established property lines. If you’re uncertain, refer to a real estate agent’s line plot, or consult a professional surveyor. Local codes for specifications regarding frontage locations, allowable fence heights, etc. A permit may be required. View a printable parts and materials shopping list. Good to KnowCheck your local building codes or Home Owner’s Association regulations before installing a fence.
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Chain Link Fence

At American Fence & Supply Co., we stock an extensive line of chainlink fencing products. You won’t find this kind of selection at any other fence supply store. Chainlink fabric is on hand in five different gauges in heights from 3′ short to 12′ tall, not to mention the very beautiful black vinyl or green vinyl chainlink systems. Tubing and Pipe are available in three different weights and 9 different diameters from 1 3/8″ o.d. to 6 5/8″ o.d. and lengths up to 24′. Over 200 individual chainlink fence fittings compliment our inventory and make virtually any chainlink fence project possible with “no compromising.” Installation Manual for Residential Chainlink: Printable Version click HERE (PDF format)
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Chain Link Fence

If the top of the chain-link fabric doesn’t create a right angle to the terminal post, the fabric must be cut on a bias so that the tension bar can slide into the fabric at the proper angle. Pull the chain-link fabric until the top or the bottom, whichever is shortest, reaches the terminal post. The other corner of the fabric will extend past the terminal post. Insert the tension bar at an angle through the fabric parallel to the terminal post (Fig. 18).
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Chain Link Fence

Step 2 Adjust the fabric to the exact length by adding or removing wire as shown in figures 15 and 16. Insert a tension bar at the end of the fabric and connect it to the tension bands on the terminal post. If the top of the chain-link fabric doesn’t create a right angle to the terminal post, the fabric must be cut on a bias so that the tension bar can slide into the fabric at the proper angle. Pull the chain-link fabric until the top or the bottom, whichever is shortest, reaches the terminal post. The other corner of the fabric will extend past the terminal post. Insert the tension bar at an angle through the fabric parallel to the terminal post (Fig. 18).
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Chain Link Fence

Adjust the fabric to the exact length by adding or removing wire as shown in figures 15 and 16. Insert a tension bar at the end of the fabric and connect it to the tension bands on the terminal post. If the top of the chain-link fabric doesn’t create a right angle to the terminal post, the fabric must be cut on a bias so that the tension bar can slide into the fabric at the proper angle. Pull the chain-link fabric until the top or the bottom, whichever is shortest, reaches the terminal post. The other corner of the fabric will extend past the terminal post. Insert the tension bar at an angle through the fabric parallel to the terminal post (Fig. 18).
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It’s important to check: That fence footings don’t exceed legally established property lines. If you’re uncertain, refer to a real estate agent’s line plot, or consult a professional surveyor. Local codes for specifications regarding frontage locations, allowable fence heights, etc. A permit may be required. View a printable parts and materials shopping list.
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Installing Top Rails to Posts Step 1 Place the line post top on the top of each line post. The offset round side should be toward the outside of the fence (Fig. 8). Step 2 Insert one length of the top rail through the line post top closest to a terminal post. Slip the rail end onto the end of the top rail and attach it to a terminal post by using a rail end band. Secure by using a 5/16-inch-by-1-1/4-inch carriage bolt with the head to the outside of the fence (Fig. 9). Step 3 Continue by forcing the lengths of swedge end top rail together through the line post tops. (If the swedge end top rail isn’t used, join the lengths together with the top rail sleeves.) (Fig. 10) Step 4 Upon reaching the next terminal post, measure carefully, and cut the top rail to fit tightly between the last length of the top rail and the rail end. Fasten rail end to rail end band on the terminal post. Secure in place with a 5/16-inch-by-1-1/4-inch carriage bolt (Fig. 11).
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Step 1 Place the line post top on the top of each line post. The offset round side should be toward the outside of the fence (Fig. 8). Step 2 Insert one length of the top rail through the line post top closest to a terminal post. Slip the rail end onto the end of the top rail and attach it to a terminal post by using a rail end band. Secure by using a 5/16-inch-by-1-1/4-inch carriage bolt with the head to the outside of the fence (Fig. 9). Step 3 Continue by forcing the lengths of swedge end top rail together through the line post tops. (If the swedge end top rail isn’t used, join the lengths together with the top rail sleeves.) (Fig. 10) Step 4 Upon reaching the next terminal post, measure carefully, and cut the top rail to fit tightly between the last length of the top rail and the rail end. Fasten rail end to rail end band on the terminal post. Secure in place with a 5/16-inch-by-1-1/4-inch carriage bolt (Fig. 11).