How to install a chain-link fence on wood

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How to install a chain-link fence on wood
Chain link is safe for animals. (chain fence image by Maksym Dyachenko from

Chain-link fences give a property a physical border without disrupting the view. Functional for both children and pets, chain link can be installed on existing wooden posts. Chain-link fences are strong, inexpensive and long-lasting. They also require little maintenance when installed properly.

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Things you need

  • Hammer
  • Pliers
  • Fencing staples
  • 10-gauge wire
  • Chain-link fencing
  • Straining bolts
  • Drill and bits
  • Wrench
  • Wire cutters

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  1. 1

    Start at one corner of the fence. Install straining bolts in the corner post pointing in the direction you are installing the fence. Install one at the top of the fence, one in the middle and one approximately 6 inches above the ground.

  2. 2

    Install straining bolts in the same manner on the end corner of the fence row.

  3. 3

    String the top wire by looping the wire through the eye of the straining bolt. Wrap the end of the wire around itself several times, tightening it down with pliers.

  4. 4

    String the wire across each post in the fence row. Loosely staple the wire to the posts.

  5. 5

    At the end corner, run the wire through the eye of the straining bolt and wrap it around itself. Tighten down with pliers.

  6. 6

    Tighten the straining wires by turning the nuts located on the straining bolts.

  7. 7

    Starting at the beginning corner, stand the chain fencing up to attach the end to the post.

  8. 8

    Use a staple to fasten each end link of the chain-link fence to the beginning post.

  9. 9

    Unroll chain link down the fence line. Pull tight and staple at each post. Staples can be placed at a 4-inch intervals on middle posts.

  10. 10

    Staple every end link once you reach the end post of the fence line. Use wire cutters to cut the chain link.

  11. 11

    Using small sections of wire, tie the chain link to the straining wires at 1-foot intervals. This provides extra stability to the chain link, preventing sagging.

Tips and warnings

  • Metal contracts and expands with changes in temperature. Wooden posts must be secure in the ground. Do not stretch the chain link so tight that there is no room for natural movement. The stretched wires provide support for the chain link.

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