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Why Choose Chain Link Fence?

Dec. 06, 2021


Chain Link Fence


Chain link fences have countless ways of being efficient and effective for residential and commercial uses. They can hold your pet in your yard, protect your property, and blend into the background well enough to be able to have your home's beauty noticed.  Without chain-link fences, it would be dangerous and difficult to enjoy a baseball game behind home plate.  It would be difficult to view a mixed martial arts fight without the durable and visual aspects of the chain-link fence.

It is almost guaranteed that after reading this article, you will surely notice chain-link fences where you never believed them to be present before.  


How are Chain Link Fences Made?

Chain-Link fences were first manufactured in 1844 through a process called “weaving.” The galvanized, metal wire is made into a flattened spiral. This spiral is winded past the blade, thus weaving itself into the previous spiral.  When this spiral reaches the end of the fence, it is cut near the blade.  Next, the entire spiral is flattened and the fence is moved in preparation for the next cycle.  This makes the end of every second spiral overlap the first spiral.  Finally, the machine camps both ends and twists, thus making permanent links.  

Today, the updated manufacturing involves winding two wires around the blade simultaneously, creating a double helix.  A spiral is then woven through the previous spiral, allowing the entire process to go twice as fast without compromising the integrity of the fence.


Installing a Chain Link Fence

1. Survey Property Lines

Make sure that you do not exceed property lines.  To avoid this, setting your posts at least four inches inside of your property line is highly advisable. Accomplish this by stretching a string or chalk line along your property’s border, then setting the posts four inches inside of them. This will ensure that your concrete does not encroach past your property.

2. Locate and Set Terminal Post

when digging post holes, watch for and checkout underground cable or pipelines and contact your utility company.

First, determine the location of the end, corner, and gate posts (terminal posts).  Next, add the actual width of the gate to an allowance for hinges and latches.  This will give you the distance between gate posts and latches.  Single walk gates require three and three-quarter inches for hinges.  Double drive gates require five and one-half.  

Next, dig the holes to the appropriate depth ensuring that the bottom of the hole is wider than the opening of your hole.  Then, mark all posts with chalk for the correct height of the fence. Terminal posts should be set two inches higher than the width of the fabric, and line posts should be two inches lower than the fabric width.  

Set terminal posts in concrete using the ratio of one part cement, two parts sand, and four parts gravel.  Be sure to mix a very heavy solution as too much water weakens concrete and may cause cracking.  Make sure to use a carpenter’s level to set posts plumb.  Next, crown all post footings for water drainage by sloping concrete away from the post.

3. Locate and Set Line Post

Mark the grade line on all line posts measuring from the top.  Then, measure the distance between the terminal posts and make sure you allow the exact distance between line posts that is needed.

Then, stretch a mason’s line from the outside of terminal posts to outside of terminal posts.  The line post holes should be lined up so that when they are in the center of their holes, their centers will line up with the terminal post centers.  This means the outside faces of the line posts will be about one-quarter of an inch inside of the line stretched between the outside of the terminal posts.  Now dig the line post holes and set the line posts.

4. Apply Fittings to Terminal Post

Check the materials list and fittings identification chart.  After the posts have been installed and the concrete allowed to set, slip tension and brace bands on terminal posts.  

The tension bands should be spaced approximately 10-12 inches apart.  Do not spread or distort bands.  All bolt heads for bands are on the outside of the fence and the threaded ends are on the inside.  Then, apply all terminal post caps.

5. Apply Top Rail

Attach loop caps; they are set with the top rail hole offset toward the outside of the fence, making flush the outside face of the top rail through the loop caps.  Join the top rail with a swedged end where required.  The end of the top rail fits into the rail end fittings on the terminal post.


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