How to Build a Chain Link Fence

Learn how to build a chain link fence and enclose your property. Follow these step-by-step directions for the best looking results.

  • Step 3 : Lay out and set the line posts

    Line posts are installed 7 to 10 feet between the terminal posts so they line up with them. The line posts should be the fence height minus 3-inches. (B) When the post caps and top rails are added, the line posts are the correct height. Mark the ground line on these posts and then set the posts in cement in the same way as the terminal posts. Let the cement harden for a few days and backfill the hole with the dirt you removed from the postholes.
  • Step 4 : Install the fittings

    Typically the fabric is on the outside of the enclosed area. The tension bands are offset, with the offset going on the same side as the chain link fabric. Put the tension bands on the end and corner posts. Use one band for every foot of fabric height, but use at least three bands. Put one brace band per hookup over the tension bands. The fitting requires one rail end cup, bolt and nut. The bolt is on the inside of the enclosed area, opposite the chain fabric and tension band offset. Cap the end and corner posts. The line posts require only a line post cap.
  • Step 5 : Add the top rail

    Start at one end and slide the top rail through the loop caps on the line posts. These pipes may fit together either with a coupling or each pipe will have a swedge end that has been shaped to fit into the non-swedge end. In either case, add sections of rail sliding a non-swedge end into the rail end cap of the corner post. Then slide additional rails through the line post caps slipping the non-swedge over the swedge end or into a coupling. Make sure the rails are firmly seated together. Continue along the fence adding the rails until you get to the other end or a corner post. Mark the end of the rail carefully so its end slides fully into the rail end cap at the end. Use a hack saw or pipe cutter to cut it to size.

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