Chain Link Fence Tips

by Mr. Lu Piccolo
(Idaho United States)


Here is some chain link fence tips for anyone that wants then I have been putting fences up for years and now I want to share my knowledge with you.


Any fence defining your property line is a psychological barrier to illegal entry, but a high chain link fence is a formidable physical obstacle as well. Difficult to scale, it slows or prevents entry, but more important to a potential burglar, it severely hampers exit, making removal of valuables awkward even for an athletic criminal and exposing him to view.

Chain link is not only effective; it is also inexpensive and easily installed. Two workers can erect 300 to 500 feet of fencing, complete with gates, in a weekend. The lightweight wire mesh requires sup-port posts spaced no more than 10 feet apart.

They must be set in concrete only in rocky or very sandy soil; elsewhere metal anchors, which need only shallow holes, simplify the job, eliminating the mess and_labor of concrete and the two day delay required for it to harden.

The least expensive and most common type of chain link fencing, galvanized to prevent rust, weathers to a dull gray. At additional cost, you can buy mesh and posts with a colored vinyl coating over the galvanized steel; dark green is popular because it blends with shrubbery to make fencing virtually invisible. Where you can place a fence and how high it can be are generally regulated by laws and building codes.

Many localities prohibit a fence more than 4 feet high in a front yard or 6 feet in a backyard. Regardless of law, it is usually wise to set a fence at least a foot or so inside your property line.

An error that causes the fence to infringe on a neighbor's property is embarrassing and could prove costly. Before ordering materials, draw a rough map of fence lines to scale. Mark locations for line posts and for the thicker terminal posts needed at ends, gates and corners and at the tops and bottoms of slopes of more than 1 foot in 4.

Using the map, a fence distributor can supply wire mesh, posts and hardware for the job. Many distributors also rent special tools, such as fence pliers, cutters for mesh, a stretcher bar, Step 2) and a cable jack, or "comealong," to make it taut, and a post driver a heavy, capped pipe slipped over a post to ham-mer it into the ground.

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