Chain link fences offer an easy-to-install, low-maintenance material option to enclosing any residential space. And having a chain link fence provides a durable and dependable perimeter that can be restored by most inexperienced homeowners when the time comes for repairs. But if you have an existing chain link fence around your residence that needs to be restored to its original glory, there are a few things to consider before you begin.
What You Have Vs. What You Need
First, you need to check your fence to determine where you need line posts, when the top rail should be replaced, and if any of the fabric has deteriorated. Fabric is considered the actual chain link and it can be replaced in spans or restored in sections by threading two separate fragments with a single link thread. Where line posts or the top rail have rusted or deteriorated, you'll need to make a replacement.
Wherever you need to attach fabric to posts or the rail, you'll also need to have aluminum ties, so buying a bag beforehand is not a bad idea. If line posts need to be replaced, you should pick up a bag of cement (or two) as well. If you're replacing long spans of fence that attaches to an initial or terminating post, you should also determine if your stretcher bar should be upgraded—this can be done by checking for rust or deterioration.
Here you need to pay attention to the gauge of materials you want to replace your fence with, as well as diameter of the posts, rails, and caps. A higher gauge on fabric, posts, and rail will give you a weaker and less durable result. A low gauge is strong enough for industrial purposes, but installing an unnecessarily low gauge for a residential area can be costly. Opt to replace a reliable but old fence with a similar product, and if you want to increase the durability, consider investing in a slightly better quality material.
Next, consider your tools. If you have soft ground to penetrate, you may not need an auger or hydraulic drill and instead opt for manually digging holes where line posts need to be replaced. Where the ground is hard, you might need access to a hydraulic drill or jackhammer to get around rusted line posts. If line posts on an existing fence require replacement, consider the height of the fence, and dig holes no more than 2.5 feet deep for posts that are 8 feet high. Generally, having a shovel and post hole digger on-hand during the fix is a good idea. You should also have pliers, wire cutters, a post driver, and a bucket of water for mixing cement.
For more information about what you need to repair your chain link fence, contact a company like Reeves Exterior Services.