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How to put up chain link fence, install chain link fencing

Updated on December 17, 2015

How to erect chain link fence.

Putting up a metal fence like chain link fence can be quite back breaking work, depending on how much there is to be done and the type of land the fence posts will be dug into.

This is part 3, on how to put up chain link fence, by now the main part of the work should be done, the posts, corner posts, end posts and supports for the chain link fence should already be concreted in. If the posts are not in yet, then read sections one and two for help and information, the links are below.

If at anytime you require help or more information on how to install chain link fence, contact me via the comments box at the foot of the page, and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Position of platina and tensioner on end post
Position of platina and tensioner on end post
Straining wire in tensioner
Straining wire in tensioner

End Post Techniques for Chain Link Fence

Start with the end post, these will need three tensioners each, bolt them into the three holes already available on the top, middle and bottom of the post.

Ensure that when you put the nut on the bolt, that this is the side which the fence is not going on, so the nut will be screwed on the same side as the supports are on. This will prevent the chain link mesh from snagging on the bolt, when the fence is tightened up.

There are two holes on each of the protruding welded pieces, the tensioners go in the holes furthest away from the post.

Centre Support Posts for Chain link Fence

These are the posts every fifteen meters or at bends or angles, with two supports on them. On these you will need three centre brackets ( six pieces as it is two per set ) and six tensioners.

Attach each bracket again with the nut on the same side as the support, put the bolt through the tensioner first, then one piece of the bracket, then the second part of the bracket, do u the nuts up tight. It may be easier to attach a tensioner to the two pieces of the bracket first, then loop around the post before attaching the next tensioner.

Any problems or queries about any chain link fence problems, just leave your comments at the bottom and email address, and I will get back to you.


Corner Posts for Chain link Fence

The corner posts require six tensioners, these will be bolted into the holes into each of the welded pieces sticking out, again with the nut on the same side as the supports.


Most tensioners have two holes in them. The wire goes through the first hole then into the second hole, the second hole, is in a long piece of steel which when turned, will roll the wire around it, to tighten the fence. This piece of steel protrudes out of either side of the tensioner, you must ensure that the side with the longest piece protruding out, is also on the side of the supports. This will make it easier when tightening the fence.

Straining wire through each post
Straining wire through each post

Straining Wire

Once you have got all the tensioners on the posts, you can now attach the straining wire, this is the wire which will run the whole length of the fence at the top, in the middle and at the bottom, sometimes there are four straining lines, depending on the make of the posts, and it is these lines which will hold the chain link fence up.

Uncoiling the wire is difficult, as it can tangle up quite quickly, if there are two people putting up the straining wire, it will be easier. One person holds the roll of wire while the other "feeds" the wire through the posts.

If there is only one person doing this part of the fencing, then put the coil on the floor, allow six loops out at a time, and put something heavy on the roll to stop more wire coming loose off of the coil.

To start attaching the straining wire, place the coil of wire on the floor at either an end post, corner post, or any post which has supports and tensioners attached. Take the end of the straining wire and feed it through the holes or clips on each post, from the first post next to the post with supports, go through each post till you reach the next post with tensioners, and attach it to the tensioner, wind the wire round the tensioner with a spanner three times. Now go back to where the coil of wire is, and pull the wire slightly tight so it goes 6cm past the the tensioner, the cut the wire. Thread the cut piece into the tensioner and tighten, but not to tight, just enough for the wire to be nearly taught. Continue doing this between each tensioner on the whole fencing area, top, middle and bottom,so when you have finished, you will have what nearly looks like a fence, but only with three strands of wire around the whole area.

 Once you have done the straining wire, you may need to dig a small trench underneath the bottom wire for the fence to fall into, only about 2 cm deep,. You may be better to wait till the fence is going up to do this, just in case it does not need to be done, no need to wast energy.

The Chain Link Mesh

There are many different types, such as the thickness of the wire, the size of the holes, but most suppliers have a standard size and that's it. But the main difference are the size of the rolls themselves, they are all 25 meters in length, but manufacturers will either roll them loose or tight, which is standard or compact.

They are the same price, but try to get the compact roll, you can fit more in a vehicle, and the finish is ten times better than the standard roll, which is so loose, that it bends and twists in transportation, and when erected looks very much like someone has walked all over it, no matter what you do.


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