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How to Install Chain Link Fence

Most people don't think about installing fencing, or fencing at all, until they are faced with a sack full of fittings and no idea where to start.

That's because people assume that fences are simple, or they just don't notice them at all. That's the sign of a well installed fence - it disappears, rather than being an eyesore. But even if you've never installed a fence before, you can get the job done reasonably well, if you're relatively handy, and have some basic tools. We've published a downloadable guide at the end of this article, but here's what you need to know:

Fences Have Lots of Parts

You never really thought about it, but when you really look at most fences, they're actually made up of many different parts, all of which serve specific purposes. There's a good article about the various parts, what they look like and what they do here.

The good news is that when you buy your fence materials from a fence company, there's always someone around to give you a few hints and tips! When you pick up your fence package, ask questions if you need to. It's a great time to get tips and tricks from the pros!

Fences Are Three Dimensional

The other thing that most people don't consider until they try to install a fence is that it's very much a three dimensional thing. You're going to have to get the spacing of posts right, and the depth of holes, and you're going to have to make sure that your posts are plumb and set to the right height.

The good news is that a plumb line, spirit level and some string are all you really need to figure it all out, and once the posts are set in place, the rest of the process is a lot like building lego!

Preparation Matters

When most people ask how to install a chain link fence, they don't consider everything that happens before you ever start digging holes. You might have to take down an old fence, trim some trees, find boundary pegs and do other kinds of preparation. Don't rush this part. The better prepared you are, the smoother the install will go!

A Professional Guide

We could give you a detailed breakdown of how to install chain link fence here, but the truth is, we already have one (with pictures!) that you can download and print. Since you're probably going to need to refer to it during the process, it's a good idea to do just that!


How to Install Chain Link Fence

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