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Choosing The Right Fence

It might not seem like a difficult decision, but finding the right fence can be hard to do. In addition to choosing a picket style, a color, and a height, you might also be concerned about abiding by city and neighborhood ordinances. However, all of these decisions are easy if you choose the right fence contractor. A few years ago, I found a great contractor who helped us to create a beautiful, functional backyard in a few weeks. Read this blog for more information about fences, contractors, and design styles that you won't regret a few years down the road.



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On The Chain Gang: How Your Chain Link Fence Crew Installs Your Fence

by Chester Alvarez

Have you seen what happens when commercial chain link fence rolls are unrolled or cut? They tend to roll right back up, or they roll inward away from the cut in the fence. So, how on earth do the installation crews manage to get a chain link fence to "flatten" and stay put during and after installation? It goes something like this.

Steel Posts Placed in the Ground

Steel posts for the fence are installed in the ground. If the customer requests it, the posts may be inserted into concrete or cement to make them really durable. The posts are equally distanced from each other around the perimeter of the property or area that the customer wants fenced. This could be private residential property, public tennis courts, industrial and commercial properties (to separate the properties from adjoining commercial properties), etc.. 

Rails Connected to/Between Posts

If you look closely at most chain link fences, they have rectangular box rails that connect to and in between every set of posts. Special brackets hold the rail frames in place at the top, middle, and bottom of each post. Most of the time, there are no bottom rails, but if you want to prevent people from pulling up the chain links to crawl under the fence (which some very skinny and petite people can do!), then you can request that your chain link fence have the bottom rails as well. 

Chain Link Material Unrolled and Attached

Finally, the "chain gang" unrolls the giant roll of chain link fencing material. They start at a corner post, and use steel latches to secure the initial edge of the chain roll to both the post and the vertical rail closest to this post. Once secured in at least three spots, the crew continues to unroll the fencing until they get to the next post.

Here, they set the roll of chain link material up on end to avoid bending or kinking the fencing. They repeat the same attachment process from the initial post attachment, as well as attaching and securing the top of the chain link material to the horizontal top rail. If you have a bottom rail as well, the chain link fencing is also secured along the bottom. At least one crew member holds the chain link fencing in place/still while one or two more crew members attach the steel latches.

Contact a local fencing company for more information.