Installing A Chain Link Fence Yourself
If you have a dog and you wish to keep it contained in a portion of your yard, consider placing chain link fencing on your property to build a dog pen area. This type of fencing will contain your dog while allowing it to be able to see outside of the enclosure. While calling a fencing contractor is the best way to ensure you have a fence properly installed, you may be able to place it on your own if you have the right tools. Here are some tips to use when placing a chain link fence on your property.
Materials You Will Need
- Measuring tape
- Spray paint
- Chain link posts
- Post digger
- Crushed gravel
- Tension bands
- Tension bars
- Roll of chain link mesh
- Fence ties
Measure The Area
Measure the plot of land so you know the amount of material you will need to purchase to get the project done. Mark the desired perimeter using stakes so you don't deviate from the measurements you have taken. Spray paint the ground every eight to ten feet along the perimeter of the proposed fence area so you will know where to place posts.
Install The Posts
The first step is placing your fencing posts. Use a post hole digger wherever you had placed a marking with spray paint. Make sure you dig down deep enough to place the posts so they do not topple over. A good rule of thumb is to dig down to about a third of the length of the post. Add a few inches of crushed gravel to each hole. Have a friend hold each post in place while you pour cement around the pole to keep it in place. Use a level to check the post is placed in straight before the cement sets.
Add The Fencing Hardware
Place tension bands on each post by sliding them down from the top. Use one less tension band than the height of the post; for example, if you are going to have a six-foot high fence, five bands should be used. Position them so the wide end is facing away from the interior of the dog pen. Slide them down so there is equal space between each one. Slide a brace band down at the top of the posts on each side of where the gate will be added to help keep the tension bars in place when they are added. Place an end cap on the top of each of the posts to keep the tension bands and brace band in place.
Add The Wire Mesh
To add the chain link mesh, add a tension bar directly to the end of the roll by sliding it through the diamond holes along the length of the mesh. Start at the terminal post nearest to where you will be putting a gate and bolt the bar to the tension bands attached to this post by using a wrench to keep them in place. Bolt the tension bar to the brace band at the top of the post. Unroll the mesh, attaching it using tension bands as you make your way from post to post. Use a wrench to tighten the bolt on each tension band.
Thread the top rail through the mesh on the top of your fence and use fence ties to keep it in place. When you get to the other end of your fence, repeat the process for adding a tension bar after using wire cutters to cut the mesh from the rest of the roll. Install a prefabricated gate using the hardware enclosed in the packaging.
To learn more, contact a fencing company like Carter Fence.