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Chain Link Fence Installation Tips: Installing Posts and Hardware

Chain Link Fence Installation Tips: Installing Posts and Hardware
The great thing about chain link fencing is that you can dig all the fence post holes at once. The manufacturer will recommend the spacing in between post holes, but it should never exceed 10 feet on-center.

Once the post holes are ready, it is time to mark the posts. Typically, the posts should be the height of the fabric, minus 2 inches. For terminal or end posts, it should be the height of the fabric plus 2 inches.

Now you can set the posts in the holes. First add gravel and make sure the mark is level with the ground. Next, set the post, adding concrete until it is 2 inches below ground level. Continue adding posts down your layout line.

Once the post hole concrete is set, you are ready to add the chain link fence hardware. For the terminal post hardware, add tension bands and bolts. Make sure the flat surface of the band is on the fabric side of the fence. The number of tension bands you will need is the height of the fence in feet, minus one. For corner posts, add an extra set of bands for the adjacent run of fencing.

Follow by installing the top rail bands, cups and bolts. If installing on a corner post, alternate the ends cups – bottom one up, top one down. Finally, add the post caps to the terminal posts.

On the line posts, add the post tops with the offset ring on the fence side. Slide the top rail through the line post tops and into the rail end cup. Tighten the bolts. Continue installing rails along the fencing line. When you get the terminal post, cut the top rail to fit snugly within the rail end cup and secure with a bolt.

You might want to add a tension wire at the bottom of the fencing line. If so, consult the printable instructions. To watch the previous videos in this series, the next videos in this series and to find the printable instructions for this video, visit

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