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How to Install Chain Link Fence

Before Starting
Find out if you are required to obtain building and zoning permits.
Will your fence meet neighborhood deed restrictions.
Establish property lines.
Have your underground utilities located. (Blue staked)
If you are having your fence installed by someone, are they covered by Workmans Compensations Insurance?

Useful tools for installing chain link fence

Tape Measure
Wire Cutters
Sledge Hammer
Post Hole Digger
Wheelbarrow, Shovel and Hoe to Mix and Transport Concrete
Hacksaw or Pipe Cutter
String / Mason Line and Stakes
Crescent Wrench
Fence Stretcher (ratchet type power pull, block and tackle, or similar device may be used. Most wire stretching tools can
be borrowed or locally rented.)
Materials Needed for Residential Chain Link Fence


Quantity to Use

Fence Fabric

Usually sold in rolls of 50


Top Rail

Total footage of fence less

gate openings

Line Posts (intermediate posts)

Divide total footage by 10

and round up (see chart

Terminal Posts (end, corner,

and gate posts) (usually larger
than line posts)

As required (2 for each


Top Rail Sleeve

1 for each length of plain

top rail. Not required for
swedged top rail

Loop Caps

Use 1 per line post (two

styles shown left)

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Tension Bar

Use 1 for each end or gate

post, 2 for each corner

Brace Band

Use 1 per tension bar

(holds rail end in place)

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Use 4 per tension bar or 1

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Carriage Bolts 5/16" x 1 1/4"

Use 1 per tension or brace


Post Cap

Use 1 for each terminal


Fence Tie / Hook Ties

1 for every 12" of line

posts and 1 for every 24"
of top rail

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Male Hinge / Post Hinge

2 per single walk gates

and 4 per double drive

Carriage Bolts 3/8" x 3"

1 per male hinge

Female Hinge / Gate Hinge

2 per single walk gates

and 4 per double drive

Carriage Bolt 3/8" x 1 3/4"

1 per female hinge

Fork Latch

1 per walk gate

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Step 1 - Survey Property Lines

Be sure that the fence does not exceed property lines. Most fence installers recommend that all posts be set
approximately 4" inside the property line. This will help avoid encroaching on adjoining property with concrete footings. This
is easily done by stretching a string along the property line and setting the posts 4" inside.
Step 2 - Locate and set Terminal Posts (corner, end, and gate posts are called terminal posts)
Distance between gate posts is determined by adding the actual width of the gate plus an allowance for hinges and
latches. Usually walk gates require 3 3/4" for hinges and latches and double drive gates require 5 1/2". Next, dig the holes.

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Terminal posts should be set 2" higher than the height of the fence fabric and line posts 2" lower than the height of the
fence fabric (terminal posts should be 4" higher than the line posts). Set the terminal posts in concrete using a concrete
mix. You can use 1 part cement, 2 parts sand, and 4 parts gravel. There is also pre-mix cement. Use a level to make sure
the posts are straight. Posts should be centered in the hole. Crown posts footings so the water will drain away from the
Step 3 - Locate and set Line Posts
After the concrete around the terminal posts have hardened, stretch a string tight between the terminal posts. The string
should be 4" below the top of the terminal posts. Line posts should not be spaced more than 10 feet apart. For example, if
the length between two terminal posts is 30 feet, then line posts would be spaced 10 feet apart (see chart below).

Line Post Spacing Chart

Space Between Terminal Set Line Posts
30 ft
10 ft
31 ft
7 ft 9 in
32 ft
8 ft
33 ft
8 ft 3 in
34 ft
8 ft 6 in
35 ft
8 ft 9 in
36 ft
9 ft
37 ft
9 ft 3 in
38 ft
9 ft 6 in
39 ft
9 ft 9 in
40 ft
10 ft
41 ft
8 ft 2 in
42 ft
8 ft 5 in
43 ft
8 ft 6 in
44 ft
8 ft 9 in
45 ft
9 ft
46 ft
9 ft 2 in
47 ft
9 ft 5 in
48 ft
9 ft 7 in
49 ft
9 ft 9 in
50 ft
10 ft
51 ft
8 ft 6 in
52 ft
8 ft 8 in
53 ft
8 ft 10 in
54 ft
9 ft
55 ft
8 ft 2 in
56 ft
9 ft 4 in
57 ft
9 ft 6 in
58 ft
9 ft 8 in
59 ft
9 ft 10 in
60 ft
10 ft
61 ft
8 ft 8 in
62 ft
8 ft 10 in
63 ft
9 ft
64 ft
9 ft
65 ft
9 ft 3 in
66 ft
9 ft 5 in
67 ft
9 ft 7 in
68 ft
9 ft 8 in
69 ft
9 ft 10 in
70 ft
10 ft
71 ft
8 ft 9 in
72 ft
9 ft
73 ft
9 ft 2 in
74 ft
9 ft 3 in
75 ft
9 ft 4 in

Space Between Terminal Set Line Posts

76 ft
9 ft 6 in
77 ft
9 ft 7 in
78 ft
9 ft 9 in
79 ft
9 ft 10 in
80 ft
10 ft
81 ft
9 ft
82 ft
9 ft 1 in
83 ft
9 ft 3 in
84 ft
9 ft 4 in
85 ft
9 ft 6 in
86 ft
9 ft 7 in
87 ft
9 ft 8 in
88 ft
9 ft 9 in
89 ft
9 ft 10 in
90 ft
9 ft
91 ft
9 ft 2 in
92 ft
9 ft 2 in
93 ft
9 ft 3 in
94 ft
9 ft 5 in
95 ft
9 ft 6 in
96 ft
9 ft 7 in
97 ft
9 ft 7 in
98 ft
9 ft 8 in
99 ft
9 ft 9 in
100 ft
10 ft
101 ft
9 ft 2 in
102 ft
9 ft 3 in
103 ft
9 ft 4 in
104 ft
9 ft 5 in
105 ft
9 ft 6 in
106 ft
9 ft 7 in
107 ft
9 ft 8 in
108 ft
9 ft 9 in
109 ft
9 ft 10 in
110 ft
10 ft
111 ft
9 ft 3 in
112 ft
9 ft 4 in
113 ft
9 ft 5 in
114 ft
9 ft 6 in
115 ft
9 ft 7 in
116 ft
9 ft 8 in
117 ft
9 ft 9 in
118 ft
9 ft 10 in
119 ft
9 ft 10 in
120 ft
10 ft
121 ft
9 ft 3 in

Dig the post holes and set the line posts. Before concrete begins to set, adjust post height by moving post up or down. Top
of the line posts should be even with the string. Check with level to make sure posts are straight.

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Step 4 - Apply Fittings to Terminal Posts

Check material list and fittings chart above. After all posts have been installed and the concrete footings have hardened,
slip the tension and brace bands onto the terminal posts. The long flat surface of the tension band should face towards the
outside of the fence. Take care not to spread or distort the fittings. Now apply terminal post caps.

Step 5 - Apply Top Rail

Attach loop caps to line posts. Insert one length of top rail pipe through the eye-top closest to one of the terminal post.
Slide a rail end onto the end of the top rail and attach it to a termianl post by using the brace band (If using swedge top
rail, do not insert the swedged end into the rail end). Secure the rail end to the brace band with a carriage bolt. Continue by
attaching top rails together. If swedged top rail is not used, you'll connect the rail ends together by using top rail sleeve.
Upon reaching the other terminal post, measure carefully and cut the top rail to fit tightly into the rail end. Secure rail end to
the terminal post with brace band and carriage bolt.

Step 6 - Hang Chain Link Fabric

Unroll the chain link fabric on the ground along the fence line. Slide tension bar through the last link on the chain link fabric.
Stand the fabric up and lay it against the posts. Fasten the tension bar (that you just inserted) to the terminal post with
tension bands (already on the post). Use the carriage bolts with the head to the outside of the fence. Walk along the fence
and take the slack out. Loosely attach fabric to top rail with a few wire ties.
To connect two sections or rolls of fence fabric together - take a single strand of wire from one of the sections of
fence (Sometimes it is necessary to remove a second wire on the one end in order for the two sections to mesh properly.).
Place the two section of fence next to each other (end on end). Join the two sections by winding (corkscrew fashion) the
loose strand down through the fence. Join and tighten the knuckles at bottom and top. Now you shouldn't even be able to
see where the two sections were connection together.
To remove excess chain link fence fabric - untie both top and bottom ends of fence (knuckles - pliers shown below).
Twist the wire in a corkscrew fashion until the fence comes apart. One picket shown in red is turned until the fence is

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Step 7 - Stretch Chain Link Fabric

Fabric should already be fastened to the opposite end of the fence. Insert a tension bar (may need an extra one)
approximately 3 feet inside the unattached end of the fabric. Securely fasten one end of the fence stretcher to the tension
bar and the other end to the terminal post. Stretch the fabric - the correct tension should allow a slight amount of give when
squeezed by hand. The top of the fabric should be located approximately 1/2" above top rail. Adjust fabric to exact length
by adding or removing wire as mentioned in step 6. Insert a tension bar at the end of the fabric and connect tension bands
on terminal post. Remove fence stretcher. Attach wire ties to top rail 24" apart. Attach wire ties to posts 12" apart. Tighten
nuts on all brace and tension bands.

Step 8 - Hanging Gates

After the fence has been completed, install the male hinges to one of the gate posts, hanging the top hinge with pin pointing
down and the bottom hinge with the pin pointing up. This will prevent the gate from being lifted off. Set gate in place,

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aligning top of the gate with the top of fence. Adjust and tighten hinges to allow for full swing. Install gate latch for single
gates. Double gates use the same procedure but install center latching device (fork latch).

Notes: Post depth can be determined by local weather and soil conditions, terminal posts are normally dug 10" wide and
18" to 30" deep. Depending on the wind and soil conditions you may want to use 8' centers or even a more narrow spacing
for line posts. You may want to use longer line or terminal posts depending on the wind and soil conditions in your area. If
you want to add privacy slats in the future, make sure the frame work will be strong enough for additional wind load.

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