How to tie the wire for a chain-link fence

Updated February 21, 2017

Chain-link fencing consists of an interwoven mesh of steel wire fastened to a pipe and hardware frame. Special fence ties made of lengths of heavy gauge wire connect the chain-link mesh to the pipe. Simple to install, the fence ties attach at regular intervals along the top rail and vertical line posts between the end posts for each section of fencing. Another wire, known as the bottom tension wire, which stabilises the bottom of the chain-link mesh, attaches to the mesh with special tension-wire clips.

Slide a rail end band onto each end post for a section of the fence. The rail end bands should go on each post before any other hardware.

Measure a length of bottom tension wire equal to the distance from one rail end band to the other rail end band for each section of fence, plus 2 feet.

Insert one end of the wire through the hole in one of the rail end bands. Wrap the end of the wire around the main portion of the wire to fasten it securely to the end band.

Insert the other end of the bottom tension wire into the hole in the other rail end band. Pull the wire tight through the hole with the pliers. Bend the wire over to hold it in place. Wrap the end of the wire around the main portion of the wire to secure it in place.

Fasten the chain-link mesh to the bottom tension wire, using tension-wire clips every 12 inches along the wire.

Position the top edge of the chain-link mesh along the top rail of the fence, once the remaining hardware for the fence framework is in place.

Form a fence tie into a large "U" shape and place the tie around the back of the top rail pipe so the ends of the tie poke out through the chain-link mesh.

Bend one end of the fence tie over and around one of the closest wires in the chain-link mesh to secure the tie to the mesh.

Pull the other end of the wire tight against the top rail with the pliers, and bend that end around the wire in the mesh that is closest to that tie end.

Repeat this procedure every 24 inches along the top rail and every 12 inches along each vertical line post.

Things You'll Need

  • Large pliers with wire cutters
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