How To Repair A Chain Fence
Chain link fence repair can initially seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. If your chain link fence becomes damaged, you can repair it yourself in the matter of an evening using some simple tools. Remember that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link–your chain link fence becomes virtually useless when it’s damaged.
There are many reasons you should attempt to repair your damaged chain link fence as quickly as possible. A damaged fence will rapidly become more damaged, because the area of the fence that is weakened will start to give out more under gravity and weather. In addition to this, trespassers and animals alike will be able to locate the fence’s weakest point and use this to cross over. Even if there is no damage to your property, this crossing back and forth over or under a fence will damage it further–as well as putting your home or place of business in danger.
While it’s possible to call a handyman to repair your chain link fence, it’s usually not necessary. A chain link fence is extremely simple and easy to repair, with the right tools. With this in mind, the first thing you should do is sort out your supplies. If you are fixing the mesh of the fence, you will likely require replacement mesh, wire cutters, pliers, and tie wires. If you are repairing the foundation of your fence, you will need a shovel, concrete, and struts. Whenever you’re doing a home improvement project, ensure that you have appropriate gloves, goggles, and a first aid kit close at hand.
There are several types of repairs you may need to make to your chain link fence. The most common problem with a chain link fence will be a loose post. For a loose post, all you must do is dig up the area surrounding the post, and pour concrete into it. You will need to use struts temporarily to hold the post in place as the concrete sets. While you can temporarily fix a loose post without pouring new concrete, the repair will not last long and will have to be repeated regularly.
If you are repairing the links of the fence itself–also known as the mesh–you’ll have to replace the mesh. Wire fence mesh can be purchased at any home improvement store. Don’t waste time attempting to patch your fence–it will look wrong, and fall apart. In order to replace the mesh, you’ll want to locate the first undamaged link on either side of the hole, and cut it. You will then cut a piece of new mesh to size, and interweave a link on both sides, binding the new mesh to the old mesh. You may need to use pliers for this. Once you are done, you can use your wire ties to reinforce the top and bottom of the fence.
Repairing your own chain link fence is a worthwhile endeavor, as it will definitely save you money over the years. A chain link fence is a great investment, but it needs to be maintained if it is to remain effective.