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How to Install Chain Link Fence On Different Surfaces

In an ideal world, you'd only ever install chain link fence on a sunny day, on a flat site, where there's grass and relatively soft dirt. But this isn't an ideal world, and that doesn't always happen.

So we thought we would share how you can install chain link fence on different types of surface, so you can make the right decision for your fence.

Dirt or Lawns

Dirt or lawns are one of the ideal surfaces to install chain link fence on. You dig holes, plant your posts in nice big concrete footings, wait a day or two for the concrete to set, and install your fence. It's quick, easy and simple.

The only trouble is, if you have a high water table or frost line, it might not be as simple as you think. Some sites, even with dirt or lawn, where the ground is very wet or very sandy, might require some additional work. Deeper footings or screw piles are some of the options for installing chain link fence under those circumstances. Be sure to check what the water table in your area is before you plan your fence!


Paving is typically a thin layer of concrete or asphalt over a sub base layer. It's rarely very thick, and usually not able to support a chain link fence. If you're installing chain link fencing on paving, and it's less than about 6 inches thick and not reinforced, you will probably need to cut or core holes, dig footings and plant your posts in concrete as per dirt or lawns.

If the paving is asphalt, you can either cover your footings with more asphalt, or simply paint them with a dark grey paint so they blend in if you have finished them flush with the surface.

Concrete Slabs

Fencing on concrete slabs, including interior fencing, is usually best installed using base plates and wedge anchors or Hilti bolts. You can buy these posts ready made, and they're easy to install with a drill and a masonry bit. Then simply install your chain link as you normally would.

Concrete Retaining Walls

Sometimes, you need to install a chain link fence on top of a retaining wall. In these cases, the wall will determine the type of installation. If it's wide enough, and in good enough condition for it, base plated posts installed on the top of the wall will work. Since our base plated posts rarely have a base plate that's larger than 6" x 6", it will easily fit on most walls.

If you can't install your posts on top of the wall, there is an option to purchase a longer post, and have a baseplate welded to the side of the post, so posts can be installed on the side of the wall. In this case, we would recommend that you contact us to get a special price on custom posts.


Hopefully this has made figuring out how to install chain link fence on different surfaces a little easier. If you're in the market for chain link fence, be sure to check the estimator on the top of our fencing store page, to work out what you need and purchase commercial quality fencing!