Chain Link Fence Installation

Below you will find a step by step guide on chain link fence installation.



Step 1) Planning a chain link fence


  • Use spray paint or a similar method to mark the locations for your posts.
  • Maintain a distance of 2m-2.5m between each post.
  • Measure the total length between the ends to determine the required amount of fencing.


Step 2) Dig holes


  • Use a spade to dig holes at designated spots.
  • Ensure each hole is three times wider than the poles.
  • The depth of each hole should be one-third of the length of the poles.


Step 3) Position posts


  • Using Concrete:
    • Optimal method involves filling holes with 4 inches of gravel and compacting it.
    • Follow by pouring 6 inches of concrete atop the gravel.
    • Insert poles into wet concrete, allowing a minimum of 1 day for setting.
    • Complete by filling the remainder of the hole with dirt.
  • Without Concrete:
    • Position posts centrally within the holes.
    • Fill holes with large stones to stabilize the poles.
    • Add earth until firmly packed and compact.


Step 4) Check for straightness


  • Use a spirit level to make sure your poles are straight, then secure them in place.
  • This is important, otherwise your fence will not be straight.
  • Once they are all in place, allow a few days for the concrete to dry up.


Step 5) Position end posts


  • End posts should feature a slot for the angle support.
  • Ensure the angle support slot faces towards the fence run.

Step 6) Position corner posts


  • Corner posts feature slots on two adjacent sides.
  • Ensure these slots face the two fence runs the corner connects.
  • Position corner posts accordingly.


Step 7) Attach angle supports to end posts


  • Position angle support into designated slot on end pole.
  • If no slot available, affix brace 2/3 up the upright at a 45-degree angle.
  • Position supports to ascertain hole placement.
  • Excavate hole, add rubble to base, and insert angle support.
  • Backfill hole around angle support and compact.
  • Optionally, secure with concrete.


Step 8) Attach angle supports to corners


  • Proceed to repeat the actions outlined in step 7 for the two angle supports required by the corner post.


Step 9) Mark location of tensioning wire


  • For chain link fencing:
    • Utilize 2 lines of wire for heights under 1.2 meters.
    • Employ 3 lines for heights exceeding 1.2 meters.
  • Mark positions for wire strands on all poles consistently to ensure level alignment with the ground.


 Step 10) Attach wire to first post


  • Secure the initial wire strand to the terminal pole at the designated lower mark.
  • Loop it around the concrete, twist in reverse, and wrap it around 4-5 times for firm tension.


Step 11) Attach radisseurs


  • Utilize individual wire segments for fastening the radisseurs onto the corner and end posts.
  • Proceed directly to step 14 if you don’t have radisseurs.


Step 12) Attach wire to radisseur


  • When you get to the initial radisseur, trim the first tensioning wire, leaving 10cm extra for fine-tuning.
  • Guide the wire through the central hole of the radisseur.


Step 13) Tension the wire


  • Use pliers to rotate the pin on the radisseur clockwise.

Step 14) Alternative with no radisseur

  • If there’s no radisseur available, wrap the wire around the pole and coil it around itself 4-5 times instead.
  • This alternative method will result in lower tension compared to using a radisseur.

Step 15) Connect wire to middle posts


  • Secure the wire to the middle poles using cable ties or tying wire.


Step 16) Attach the remaining wire


  • Secure the remaining wire strands by repeating steps 10-13.


Step 17) Start attaching mesh


  • Begin attaching the mesh by rolling out enough to span the gap between the initial two vertical supports.
  • Ensure the roll is upright or laid flat with the flap facing up to prevent snagging.
  • Fasten the mesh to the first pole using cable ties or tie wire every 15cm.

Step 18) Tighten mesh


  • Stretch the mesh firmly and secure it to the adjacent pole using cable ties.


Step 19) Secure remaining mesh


  • Proceed to fasten the rest of the mesh using the method outlined in steps 17-18.


Step 20: Attach tension wire to chain link fence


  • Ensure the tensioning wire is firmly secured to the fence at multiple intervals to uphold the fence’s tension.

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