Dig Terminal Holes
You already marked where the terminal posts will go, so it’s time to dig the end posts. Using a post hole digger, dig down the length of one third the post you will be setting. The general rule of thumb for any fence material is to sink the post a third of its entire length into the hole.
Tip: Dig the post holes about 2.5 times the width of the actual post. This will help allow for more support and leave room for tamping later.
Fill Terminal Holes
There are many methods of how to place the post in the hole. When we are contracted to build a chain link fence we usually set in a few inches of gravel in the bottom of each hole. After tamping it down we then set in the post. The gravel acts as a natural barrier between the post and the soil and it will also help it sit level and not retain water. Standing the post in the middle of your recent hole, and make sure it is plumb, or even. Keeping the post plumb while filling is tricky, so you will need something to brace it like wooden bracers or clamps. Fencepac offer best-quality fence supplies in Sunshine Coast.
Once you’re positive that the post isn’t going to go anywhere, fill the rest of the hole with any number of materials. Concrete is a favorite for chain link fence posts, just be sure to keep bubbles out.
Dig and Fill Line Posts
Finally, you have the end posts finished! Now it’s time to fill in the gaps. So grab that post hole digger again and repeat the process you just went through but this time for posts in between the terminal posts. In order to accurately measure the spacing of the line posts, use another string that has been pulled taught between two end posts.
Cap and Tension
A chain link fence functions under the principle of potential energy. You need it to be under tension in order to maintain its rigidity and function properly. When ordering your chain link mesh you should have received tension bands which are used to help secure the mesh to the post.
Caps are necessary to keep water out of the posts and protect your hands from sharp edges. Cap all of your line posts and end posts accordingly. If you need to insert a top rail, do so before hanging the mesh.
Hang the Mesh
You’re almost done, so stay with me. Hanging the mesh and tightening it is probably one of the most complicated steps of this entire process. The important part is that you understand how to do it properly. Be sure to unroll the mesh carefully and keep it straight. Using loops and ties, tie the mesh to the top rail as you go.
If you have a fence puller, use that once all the mesh is unrolled. You need to have the mesh fence under tension so that it has that potential energy. Otherwise you will have one loose mesh fence. Run tension bars through the fence to help with the stretching and keep the fence under tension.
Remove Excess Mesh
It’s important to clean up the fence once you’re finished. You can make last-minute adjustments, too. Do you need more top rail? More tension bands? Another tension bar? Add and stretch until the mesh is at your desired tension. Line up the diamonds to your preferred pattern. Cut off the extra mesh and loose ends. Tie with aluminum wire the fence to the rails. It was a lot of work, but totally worth it, right? The best part is your chain link fence will require little to no maintenance in the years to come, so enjoy.