Install a Chain-Link Fence
Tools & Materials
Use this checklist when you go to the store and purchase your items.
Before Beginning Your Fence Installation
- That fence footings don't exceed legally established property lines. If you're uncertain, refer to a real estate agent's line plot, or consult a professional surveyor
- Local codes for specifications regarding frontage locations, allowable fence heights, etc. A permit may be required
View a printable parts and materials shopping list.
View a post spacing guide and graph paper.
Preparing Fence Layout
Step 1 Locate your property's boundary lines. It's recommended that all posts be set approximately 4 inches inside the property line so that concrete footings don't encroach onto any adjoining property.
Step 2 Measure the overall length of your planned fence to determine how many feet of chain-link fabric and top rail will be required (Fig. 1).
Step 3 Mark the location of each terminal post (corner, end and gateposts are called terminal posts) with a stake. When determining the positions of gateposts, remember that clearance for hinges, latches, etc., is included in the listed opening width of the gate. Therefore, if you ordered a gate for a 36-inch opening, the post spacing should be exactly 36 inches, inside post face to inside post face.
Setting Terminal Posts
Step 1 Dig the terminal postholes approximately 8 inches in diameter and 30 inches deep, with sloping sides (Fig. 2). The exact diameter and depth will be determined by local weather and soil conditions.
Step 2 With crayon or chalk, mark the ground line on the posts. The height, above level ground, of the terminal posts will equal the height of the fence fabric plus 2 inches.
Step 3 Center the terminal posts in the holes. Make sure the posts are plumb and set at the correct height. (Crayon mark should be at ground level.) Surround the posts with concrete in a continuous pour. Trowel finish around the posts and slope downward to direct water away.
Sterling Fence Inc can advise you on how to do this or we can install for you