How to Unroll and Shorten Chain Link

Below you will find a step by step guide on how to unroll and shorten a roll of chain link fence correctly.


  • Estimated Completion Time: 10 minutes
  • Experience Required: Low
  • Tools Required: Wire Cutters, Pliers, Protective Gloves
  • Materials Required: Chain Link Fence

STEP 1) Unpacking the Roll


  • Cut the tying wires that are used to fasten the roll and keep it from unraveling.
  • Do this carefully so that you don’t cut into the mesh itself. 
  • Tip: Use protective gloves to shield your hands from any cuts or scratches the wire might cause.


STEP 2) Correctly Unrolling the Fence

  • Place the roll on the ground with the loose end upwards, facing in your direction.
  • Pay attention to the direction of the roll, as the chain link can get damaged if it’s being dragged on the ground while unrolling.
  • Start unrolling the mesh carefully, making sure it’s not getting caught in anything.


STEP 3) Shortening in Length

  • Chain link can be cut to size but it’s easier to shorten its length by detaching two sections.
  • You can do this by unweaving one strand of wire where you want the first section to end.
  • First you need to open the loops at the top and then untwist the wire with pliers or by hand. Make sure to wear gloves.


STEP 4) Finishing Touches


  • Gently pull the mesh further to unroll it completely.
  • That’s it, you’re done! You can now install the chain link as a garden perimeter fencing, use it as an animal enclosure or whatever else that comes to your mind. 
  • If you need any advice for installing it, just let us know and we’ll be happy to help. 



  • Unrolling the mesh will be easier on a flat and even surface. 
  • This will also prevent the mesh from getting damaged while unrolling. 
  • You can cut the chain link instead of unweaving a strand to shorten it in length. Just make sure to wear protective gloves and use sharp wire clippers. 
  • If you wish to create a shorter height, you can cut the wires one by one. 
  • After cutting them to the same length, you just need to fold the end of the wires back and hook them into each other like they were originally.

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