How to fix or repair a Chain Link Fence, Repairing Chainlink Fences

Fixing or repairing of chain link fence.

Problems with chain link fence are very common, but are easy to fix with a little bit of know-how. Here are some of the main problems with the chain link fence, and how to fix them yourself, written by a qualified chain link fence installer.

If you have any problems with your fence, you can contact me using the comments capsule at the bottom of the page, I will get back to you with a solution to your problem, no charge and will not publish your email address.

End posts leaning inwards

Very common problem, nearly all end or corner posts tend to lean inwards after installation, it usually means that the tension is to tight. You need to undo the fence about two meters from the end post. You do this by cutting the straining wire, which are the three or four long wires horizontally placed at the top middle and bottom of the posts.

Once these are cut, the fence will fall away to the next post.

Dig out the end leaning post and support, if the post has not rusted at the bottom, chip away the old concrete, you can use this post again, if the post has rusted, you may need to get a new one. Once all the concrete has been removed, re-dig the post hole in the same place, just make it bigger, and the do the same for the support hole.

Then concrete in again, but, lean the post outwards, so when you eventually tighten the post, it will pull it back into line. Put the support back in the same place with concrete and allow to dry for at least four days.


Once the concrete has set, you can either replace the straining wire from the nearest post with tensioners on, or you can simply attach another piece of wire to the long pieces that you originally cut.

This is to allow the straining wire to reach the end post, then attach to tensioners and tighten, only tighten enough for the wire to be slightly tight. Now pull the fence itself back to the end post, as tight as possible, if it does not reach, you may need to add a couple of links. If you are using a pletina, which is a thin strip of metal that down goes from the top to the bottom of the fence on the last link, then re-insert into the fence, once you have pulled it tight, right where the last link will be at the end post. Bolt into place and tighten the tensioners only a quarter of a turn each.



Leaning End Post by a Solid Wall

Easily done, remove the fence, by cutting the straining wires at the top, middle and bottom, pull the fence back leaving the end post clear, cut off end post and support as close to the ground as possible, remove the post and support. Refit the end post by attaching three brackets to the post and bolt into the wall using size 12 wall plugs and bolts, the post will stay in place for many years.

Either replace straining wires, or add a piece onto each wire just to allow it to reach the end post, then attach again to tensioners, tighten only so the wire is slightly taut, re-attach fence, although you may need to add a few extra links, then tighten tensioners and your fence should be complete. Fixing a chain link fence is easy when you know how.

One Post Has Come Loose

If one post is loose, then it is easiest if you underpin it, simply dig around the existing concrete under the post, ensure at least 8-10 cm gap has been dug out all around the old concrete and underneath, this will cause the post to move and fall more, but don't worry. Mix a concrete mixture of about 3 to 1, slightly runny, and lift the post out of the ground and pour a little concrete into the hole.

Rest the post onto the wet concrete to check for height, if you are happy with the height of the post, fill in around the post check for the levelness of the post and leave to set, you may need to place one or two struts just to hold the post whilst the concrete sets. The alternative is to dig away the soil around the post, then chip the concrete away from the bottom of the post, still leaving the fence attached. Once the post is free of concrete, mix more concrete and simple fill in the hole with the post already in position.

The Mesh Has Been Broken

The only way to sort this out is to replace the section that has been destroyed, you could just attach a piece of mesh over it, but it will look very messy. To replace the piece of mesh, undo one link on either side of the hole all the way from the top to the bottom.

You do this by literally unscrewing one link, you cannot just get a small piece to fix the hole, you need a complete piece whether it is 1m, 1.5m 2m high ( standard sizes ) Get the replacement piece and re-thread one end onto the existing fence, then pull the fence tight.

Then re-thread the other end and tighten up. It is difficult to explain something which is actually simple once you have done it a few times, but if you do have problems, use the comments capsule below to contact me and I will get back to you with a solution to your problem. This is the usual way to mend chain link fence that is broken.

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billericky 19 months ago from Manchester Author

You will need to remove and replace the bent posts. Cut the fence mesh either side of the damaged area. Remove damaged posts and fence. If possible , use the old fence post holes and concrete in four new posts.

Cut the straining wire on either side of the damaged area of the fence, and attach to the nearest good post and tighten up. This will allow the rest of the good fence to say erect.

Once the concrete is dry (allow 48 hours) add straining wire from either side of the damaged area through the new posts and attach to original remaining two posts either side of the damage area.

Attach new mesh. Thread in one side of the mesh into the old mesh fence using a single thread of fence. Offer up the fence and attach to the straining wire as you go along lifting the new fence up.

Pull mesh tight and either thread in new and old fence mesh at the other side, which can prove difficult, or tie the new and old fence together where they meet.

Remember to charge the driver for all repairs.


Virginia 19 months ago

My galvanized fence was hit by a car now there are four post bent down to the gronud and the fence is too but only half thr fence is up right how do i fix it


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billericky 2 years ago from Manchester Author

To repair the tear in the tennis court mesh.

1) Simple remove the entire damge ling from top to bottom and replace. This is done by twisting the first and the last damaged piece of chain link out. You can then twist another section in by twisting one whole piece between the old fencing and the new section you are putting in. Then connect the two by twisting another piece between the other side of the old fence and the new piece.

2) Simple attach a small piece of new fence over the old damaged section.


Erik 2 years ago

I bent a small section of chain link fencing around a tennis court, and put a 20mm tear in the pvc coating. If you have an email address I can send a photo. I need to repair it without replacing the entire panel if possible


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billericky 2 years ago from Manchester Author

Smash the old concrete off of the bottom of the post.

If after this the fence post settles more or less wher you want it. Simply fill in the hole with frsh concrete, ensuring the post to be well embedded into it and let dry.

If the post does not settle where you want it. Then consider loosening off the straining wires to allow the post to be moved slightly. Alternatively, mix fresh concrete, force the post into position in the new concrete and support with heavy planks until concrete dries.

If the fence in new or new-ish, consider why it is rising out of the ground, or it may happen again. Is the fence to tight? does it need a support beam? is the ground to soft and needs extra weight to help keep it held down?


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billericky 2 years ago from Manchester Author

Smash the old concrete off of the bottom of the post.

If after this the fence post settles more or less where you want it. Simply fill in the hole with frsh concrete, ensuring the post to be well embedded into it and let dry.

If the post does not settle where you want it. Then consider loosening off the straining wires to allow the post to be moved slightly. Alternatively, mix fresh concrete, force the post into position in the new concrete and support with heavy planks until concrete dries.

If the fence in new or new-ish, consider why it is rising out of the ground, or it may happen again. Is the fence to tight? does it need a support beam? is the ground to soft and needs extra weight to help keep it held down?


Rich 2 years ago

How do I repair a cyclone fence post that was secured with concrete but is now rising out of the ground?


asad usmani 3 years ago

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billericky 3 years ago from Manchester Author

What you can do to prevent the dogs from going underneath the chain link fence is explained in the paragraph below.


Tim 3 years ago

We have a chain link fence and our dogs keep going under it. The fence is old and not ours. We rent. How can I fix it so they can't go under it?


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billericky 3 years ago from Manchester Author

What you can do to prevent your dog escaping is to run a length of straining wire across the bottom of the fence. The wire needs to be tied to one post, then woven through each fence link on the bottom row towards the next post. On the next post, use a tensioner and attach the straining wire. Then tighten the tensioner, this will pull the wire tighter at the bottom of the fence. You can do this by using one tensioner over a distance of three posts.

You could also use some tent pegs at intervals to help keep the wire closer to the ground, this is with or without adding the straining wire and tensioners.


Jacki 3 years ago

I have a little dog and she can get out of the backyard from under the fence at multiple places. Is there anything I can do to stop this other then lining the whole backyard with 2x4's or cement blocks or replacing the fence and burying some of it? Thank you


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billericky 3 years ago from Manchester Author

1) If the mesh is the type that can be easily removed from the gate by undoing bolts on the metal strips at the sides. Then undo the bolts, remove one of the strips, remove the mesh from that strip, remove one link of the fencing mesh by unwinding one of the end pieces. Re-attach the mesh to the metal strip and stretch until the bolts can be replaced into the bolt holes.

2) If the mesh is soldered onto the posts, then either pull the mesh together as tight as possible across the gate and clip two links together.

or

Using pliers or grips, slightly twist the mesh back into the best shape possible.

Unfortunately, once chain link is bent out of proportion, it is virtually impossible to get it back to the same shape again. The best thing to do is to tighten it as much as possible or replace the mesh completely.


paul 3 years ago

i have a chain link gate with a 1" round steel frame and the chain has bowed in the middle, how do i tighten the mesh?

Great site .


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billericky 4 years ago from Manchester Author

Repairing the mesh on gates is usually relatively simple.

If the gate mesh is attached to the gate frame with pletinas ( long strips of metal ) on every side. Undo these bolts take down the mesh, and replace with new mesh. Re-bolt back onto the gate frame, pulling the mesh tight.

If the mesh is welded to the gate frame, get a small piece of mesh and attach over where the hole is., not picture perfect but will suffice.

or

Get a welder to remove and replace the mesh, although this may be more expensive than getting a new gate. If the frame is broken, you have to replace the whole gate.


larry 4 years ago

bottom of frence gate has hole in bottom section of railing. anyway to fix this?


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billericky 4 years ago from Manchester Author

To fix bent out of proportion chain link fence is quite difficult and it will never be the same again. The best thing to do is to cut out the distorted proportion and replace with new fence.

Trying to pull the fence back into shape may have a detrimental effect on the supporting posts and make them weaker. The fence itself will always look damaged no matter what you do unless you replace it.


David Wright 4 years ago

I need to know if it is possible to fix a chainlink fence that is bowed out from ball players leaning or hitting into it.


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billericky 4 years ago from Manchester Author

The simplest way to solve this is to create candy cone or hook shapes out of rhee bar or some type of round metal. They do not need to be thick, but the long piece needs to be about a foot long. Hammer these into the ground so the hook catches the bottom of the fence dragging the fence tighter to the ground.

If the ground is concrete, then use 4 inch eyelets ( a long screw type thing with an eye at the top ) Drill the hole directly underneath the bottom of the wire, put in the rawl plug then scre the eyelet into the plug till the bottom on the eye hits the ground. Run some thick wire through the fence weaving as you go, and through the eyelets. This will help keep the fence tighter and lower. If possible, use a tensioner on either end of the wire to ensure a stronger solution to the problem.

These options do not cost much but will help, I would suggest about two or three of either in each section of the fence.


Angela 4 years ago

I live in a rental home and my dogs have discovered that the fence isn't properly installed along the bottom. They can now, with a bit of pressure, push right up under the fence and get out. How can I fix this? Again, it's a rental home and I'm not willing to install a whole new fence here.


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billericky 4 years ago from Manchester Author

Most general harware stores will cut you a small length off of a roll. They will charge more per metre this way, but it does save buying the whole roll. Failing that, find a building site who are using chain link fence, they may have some spare as well.


Lisa 4 years ago

I need a small amount of chain link fencing to finish off a part of my fence that my neighbor cut down. Where can I find a 4' x 4' pc without having to buy a whole roll?

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