A chain link fence is an affordable and effective way to keep your dog in your yard without having to block your view. However, installing a chain link fence isn't the easiest thing to do since the tension on the mesh has to be just right or the fence will sag or have wrinkles. A residential chain link fence installation contractor can make getting your new fence easier by doing all of the work, including digging the post holes. Here are some important parts of chain link fence installation.
Planning The Fence Line
If you've never had a fence around your backyard before, you may need to get a survey done so you know where the fence can go. You don't want the fence to be on your neighbor's property or in the easement. Once you know where the fence will go, clear the lot. You might need to mow down weeds or move plants out of the way.
Your contractor can then give you an accurate estimate of the cost for your new fence based on the fence's length. Once supplies are ordered and delivered, work can begin. The fence contractor may start by using string or spray paint to mark a straight line where your fence will go and then use the line to guide the placement of the post holes.
Installing The Fence Posts
The fence posts are the first things to go up, but post holes need to be dug by hand or machine before that can happen. Since chain link fencing is made from metal, the posts can go straight into the ground without worry over termites or rot. However, your fence contractor will probably sink the posts into concrete so the posts are held stable for years.
The holes are dug to a depth and width that's according to the size of the posts. The holes are filled with cement and the posts are inserted in the cement and leveled. The posts have to be straight and the tops level with each other. The contractor may let the concrete dry for a day or more before adding the chain mesh.
Tightening the Mesh
To install the mesh, the fence contractor has to add tension bands and a tension bar on the end posts. When the mesh is added, a fence puller is used to pull the mesh tight so there is no sag. The mesh might need to be repositioned during this process so it's level and has an attractive appearance. The excess mesh can be cut away once the fence is tight and level. The top of the mesh is then attached to the top rail of the fence using tie wires.
For more information on residential chain link fence installation, contact a professional near you.