Install DIY Chainlink Fencing

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Here at Adelaide Fence Centre we love offering you all the options we can to meet your fencing needs. With our proudly Australian-made products and workers all from the local area, each of our staff loves driving through town and passing by projects that we’ve built or that customers have built using one of our Do-It-Yourself kits. When it comes to chain-link fences, we have everything you need to get started. If you decide to pick up all the materials and make a go of it yourself, we’re here to support and advise you along the way. This brief summary of how to install a chain-link fence goes over some of the basics:

Check your property line

Before beginning your chain-link fence installation, ensure that the location of your fence posts doesn’t cross your property line. Measure about 10 centimeter or more inside the property line to ensure that your concrete footings don’t cross over the legal boundary. Check out a real estate agent’s plot or property blueprint to make sure. You also need to be certain that local building codes allow you to build the type of fence you want in terms of height and so on. There’s a chance you might need to file for a building permit. If you are unsure, we recommend you contact your local Council.

The planning phase

In the planning phase, measure out the total length of your fence. This is how much chain-link fabric you’ll need and how much of the top rail you’ll need (bar that goes on top of the chain-link fence to keep it all together). Work out where your terminal posts will go and put a stake in. These are all the corner posts and gateposts that hold the chain-link fence together. Keep in mind that the opening width listed for the gate you buy includes the space for hinges and latches and a comfortable opening and closing gap. For example, if you ordered a 1.21 meter  gate, your gate terminal posts should be exactly 1.21 meters face-to-face, not more.

The digging phase

To set posts, dig holes that are around 77 centimeter  deep and 20 centimeter in diameter. Mark posts with a marker so they all are sunk in the same amount. Then use a level to set terminal posts in the holes straight, pound them down to the line you have determined with a mallet, and pour concrete around them. As the concrete hardens make final adjustments, ensuring the post is completely plumb with your level. Generally a standard post is about six-feet high, but you can buy higher posts if you want a higher fence. Finish off with a trowel to smooth out the footings. Once these are set you want to install your line posts that go in between your terminal posts. They should be evenly spaced around 3 meters apart. Since the terminal posts are in concrete that’s still setting, pound a stake in line with them and run a line between them to draw out the location of your line posts. After installing your line posts in the same way as the terminal posts, let all the posts cure in the concrete for two days’ time. They need to be very secure when the chain-link fabric gets stretched out along them.

The installation phase

Next you install tension bands and brace bands and post caps on all your terminal posts and then put the top rail into the fittings between all your posts, threading it through loop caps that have been put on each line post in each section. Bolt the top rail into a rail-end fitting on the terminal post. Then it’s time to hang the chain-link fence itself. You’ll want to unroll the chain-link fabric starting at the terminal post. Lay the roll of chain-link on its side along the trajectory you need. Once it’s all there thread the tension bar through the chain-link fence and fasten the tension bands on the terminal post to the bar with carriage bolts. Face the bolt heads to the outer edge of the fence. Now you need to get the chain-link fabric upright along the frame, feeding it out from the terminal post as you go and attaching it with fence ties to the top rail as needed. This should be fairly tight but doesn’t have to be the final product.

The final phase

Now you need to tighten things up by getting rid of bunched up or bulging chain-link. Use pliers to open the chain-link loops and tighten it to fit snugly by splicing excess fencing together. Join the two areas together by twisting down the loose strand through the end links.  Next you install your fence ties about every 60 centimeters along the top rail and every 30 centimeters vertically on each post. Tighten all nuts on the rail end bands and tension bands and you’re good to go. Now you just need to install a gate and you have yourself a chain-link fence!

Feel free to ask any of us at Adelaide Fence Centre for more help and advice on how to install a chain-link fence and how to make sure you have all the tools from pipe cutters to shovels and pliers and materials from concrete to chain-link attachments that you will need to do a great job.

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