How to install chain link fencing? A few easy steps

Installation of wire mesh fencing is relatively easy and can be done by anyone with a few simple instructions. All you need to do is buy the wire mesh fencing at our online store, some necessary pieces of construction equipment and read through these detailed instructions written for you below.

Installation of wire mesh fencing – preperations

Installing the wire mesh fencing can be done by hand. The first step should be all about preparation. At the beginning of the process you should precisely establish:

  • dimensions of your future fencing
  • perimeter of the chosen area
  • optimal distances between the posts

Because of these steps you will be able to calculate the length of the mesh and clearly define the number and specificity of the mounting posts. You should also remember to decide on the height of the fence during the preparations. This will make a big difference when choosing mounting accessories.

The next step is to determine whether the entire structure is to be embedded directly in the ground, concreted or perhaps set on a foundation.

Types of mounting posts placement

During the preparation phase a key question often arises – should posts be embedded in the ground, covered with concrete or placed in the foundation? It is one of the most important decisions that will certainly affect the durability and resistance of your future fence. Embedding the posts directly into the ground can make the structure an easy target for corrosion.

We can even assume that this type of solution is only used when installing temporary fences. A much more durable solution is to make a complete foundation, which will increase the durability and stability of the entire fence. Unfortunately, the construction of the foundation may noticeably increase the installation costs. That is why more and more people are opting for an intermediate solution like setting the posts in concrete. It is a good compromise between price and quality.

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How to install chain link fencing? The necessary materials and equipment

After determining the dimensions and specifics of your fence, you can proceed to the purchase of assembly materials. The basic assembly materials are:

  • starting posts – they are installed at the start and end of the fence, for example at the gate
  • corner posts – should be mounted on each corner of the property
  • intermediate posts – located every two or three meters, used in a straight line from the corner and starting posts
  • wire mesh – a good quality wire mesh is crucial for your success.To choose the right one for your needs check this article on our blog
  • wire tensioners – you mount them on each mounting post
  • tension wire – it is mounted on the top and bottom of the mesh. It prevents deformation of the structure, increases its rigidity and resistance
  • tension rods – while tightening the net, they prevent deformation and significantly simplify assembly work
  • concrete – for creating the foundation or setting posts in concrete
  • additional accessories – tensioners, aps, eyelets, wire for strapping and a key for turning the tensioning bolts. Not all of these are required but can make the job a lot easier.

Prepping the chosen area

Before starting the actual assembly, you must thoroughly clean the area. Remove all smaller and larger obstacles, small stones, bushes and trees. The area around the fence should allow for easy installation and leveling of the posts. There should be no objects or plants along the length of the fence that would reduce visibility or obstruct the tensioning of the net.

Marking the location of the posts

After clearing the area, you should start marking the location of the posts. The distance between the posts should be 2 to 3 m.

Then you dig holes 80-120 cm deep and 30 cm wide. You can make your work easier by using a manual drill (especially recommended on slightly rocky areas).

In the case of making a foundation, a hole should be dug for the foundations of the fence of the same depth and width.

Embedding the posts and their leveling

After digging a hole in the ground, the next step is to make the formwork. Place the posts in the prepared holes. You should stabilize and level them carefully. It is best to start with the installation of the starting and corner posts. They will be exposed to the biggest load and should be set up very carefully. Then, you install additional supports at the starting and corner posts, which will increase the stability of the structure.

Attach one support to the starting post and two to the corner posts. All supports should be mounted to the posts at an angle of minimum 45 degrees. Their optimal seating is 2/3 of the height of the post. Then you level everything again and check the seating of the posts.

After stabilizing the structure, you should prepare a concrete mix and pour it over the holes in the ground or the formwork. The consistency of the concrete must be fluid enough to penetrate every joint. Then you will have to vibrate the concrete – the easiest way to do this is by tapping the boards on each side with a rubber hammer. The purpose of this is to remove air bubbles from freshly poured concrete. During this stage, the posts may move slightly. Therefore, it will be good to install special supports (necessarily before the concrete sets) and check the position again.

After the posts are properly secured, the concrete has to be left to dry. Remember that the mixture must dry slowly, so at least once a day pour water on it or cover it with an insulating foil that will not allow the water to evaporate too quickly. After three or four days, you can start the next stage of fencing assembly.

Installation of wire mesh fencing – tension elements

Proper installation of wire mesh fence requires tension wires. You should start their assembly only when you are sure that the concrete is completely dry and the posts are firmly bound. Usually this should not be done earlier than a week after the concrete is poured.

The first step is to determine the location of the tension wire – preferably at the top, center and bottom of the fence. At the level of the tension wire, you mount a fastening band equipped with an eyelet and a screw. Pay special attention to the fact that the tension wire must be installed in the same way on each post. Therefore, you should set one height and a standard assembly method.

Then you mount the tensioners only on the starting and corner posts, you don’t have to use them on intermediate posts. After installing all tensioners and bars, proceed to the installation of the tension wire – always start from the bottom. Pass the ends of the wire through the eyes of the tensioners, and then tightly twist the tensioning bolt. The reels have a self-locking function, so there is no need to worry that the wire will expand again during assembly. Ideally, you should pull the wire on both sides simultaneously. For this you will need two people who, at the agreed sign, start turning the tensioning screw slowly and simultaneously. As a result, the wire will be optimally stretched on all sides, and the risk of its breakage will be minimized.

After the wires are tightened, you begin attaching them to the intermediate posts. The most effective method of assembly is the use of guides, which you hammer into properly drilled holes. The only alternative are metal ties, but they are not as effective anymore and may slightly change the wire height.

Tensioning the wire mesh

After installing and carefully tensioning the wire, you proceed to install the wire mesh. How to stretch it into place? You should always start from the starting posts.

Put the net through the tensioning rod and put the whole thing on the previously prepared bolts with eyelets. It looks much more elegant than attaching the tension bar with a thin strapping wire. Remember that tension bars should be used at each starting post and on both sides of the corner posts. Thanks to this, you will avoid deformation of the mesh and increase its resistance to damage.

Installation of the wire mesh

After attaching the bar to the starting wire, you begin the installation of the wire mesh. You can do this in two ways. The first is to stretch it and attach individually to each post. The second, slightly faster way is to unwind the entire roll of mesh and attach it directly between the corner or starting posts. The second method works well for fences of smaller sizes. With fences over 25 running meters, there would be a problem with properly tightening the mesh.

The wire mesh can easily be stretched by hand, but it is recommended that at least two people do it. You attach it to the intermediate posts with a thin braiding wire. It is worth checking every now and then whether the stretching is carried out properly and, if necessary, eliminate any faults.

After installing the mesh to all posts, you make sure that the level of tightness is appropriate. Then you attach the mesh to the tension wire. You should use braiding wire for this. You also should pay special attention to the connections at the top and bottom of the mesh. Thanks to this, you will provide the fence with greater rigidity and make it more resistant to various types of mechanical damage.

After installing the mesh for all wires, your work is finished. The fence can fulfill its functions and become a permanent element of nearby architecture. So, as you can see, it is not difficult to assemble a fence on your own.

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