A Few Tips For Repairing Your Chain Link Fence

Chain link fencing is very durable and can last a very long time. However, there may come a time when it needs to be repaired. It may be the poles holding the fence, the top rail that keeps the chain up, or the woven chain portion that has been damaged. Which portion is damaged and how the fence was initially installed will determine how to go about fixing the problem. Here are a few tips that should help you with your chain link fence repair.

Damaged Fence Pole

Unless a large tree fell on the fencing or you have neglected to fix poles as they need it, you probably only have one or two poles that will need to be repaired at a time. This can be a simple fix if you did not cement the poles in place. The important thing is to buy and use new ties instead of trying to use the old ones. Cut the old ties from around the pole and pole the pole out of the ground, then simply put in the new pole. You should use a pole that is a bit longer than the previous one so you can pound it further into the ground for stability. Reattach the fencing with the new ties and slip on the cap and top rail, and you are done. If you did cement in the poles, you will need to dig out the old cement to pull out the pole. Once the new pole is in place, use a new batch of cement to hold it there.

Damaged Top Rail

If the top rail is damaged, it should be replaced. However, if you have one long piece and only a small section is damaged, you can cut out the damaged area and use a slightly larger or smaller diameter piece as a replacement. Make sure to get a piece that will snugly fit into or over the existing top rail. This will save you from having to unweave the entire long piece and possibly damage some of the fencing in the process.

Chain Link Fabric Damage

Trying to repair the chain fabric of the fencing can be the most difficult and expensive part to fix. The best way to handle the situation is to cut the fencing at a post or corner; you will need to make two cuts. Make sure to leave the remaining sections still attached to the pole, so make the cut just past the post ties. Fit in a new piece between the two posts and then connect it to the posts. You can overlap this over the old piece and use the new ties through both the new and old fencing.

Make sure that you pull the fencing taut whether you have added a new pole, top rail, or chain fabric. The tighter the fence, the better it will look. In addition, a sagging fence fabric pulls on the poles and top rails, causing them to bend and need to be repaired.

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