Steel wire mesh, also known as chain link fencing (CLF), is the most common style of fencing. It enjoys its popularity because it has a very low initial investment and it has relatively low maintenance costs. The material itself is extremely durable and strong, and it can last for years without any repairs. But this doesn’t mean that it does not need any care at all: if you want your CLF fence to stand against the tests of time for as long as possible, then you will have to perform regular maintenance on it to keep rust or corrosion away from its surface.
When you first purchase a brand new piece of CLF fencing system, what matters most is making sure that all parts are there and they’re complete before installing them near your home. It’s highly recommended that you count the number of posts, pickets, and whatever was included in your package so that you know everything is there when you begin putting things together.
The next step in installing a CLF fencing system is to dig holes in order to place the support posts at proper distances depending on how wide you want the fence to be. The hole should be about twice as deep as the size of the post, which makes it ideal for stability without having to worry about sinking into softer soil. Bury all posts up to 6 inches from their tops; this way, they’ll be secure enough for CLF panels or mesh sections to attach onto them.
Before attaching any fence sections, make sure that all components are clean, dry, and free of debris. There shouldn’t be any sharp edges because you don’t want the mesh or panels to get ripped or cut during installation. This is also the time when you do a test fit with all parts before permanently attaching them to your posts; once everything is secure then that’s when you use galvanized (or stainless steel) screws to finish the job.
Every Chain Link Fencing fencing system should always come with end components like pedestals displaying ‘turn style’ ends for corners along each side. When you make turns, attach these components by screwing them onto your top rail pickets (the ones which are visible above ground); this way it will blend in perfectly with what lies below. If necessary, you can fill the holes with concrete to ensure that these elements will stay securely in place.
Every CLF panel or mesh section is pre-drilled with a few holes, which makes it easy for you to attach your wire fencing using wire ties. It’s recommended that you use galvanized ties so they won’t rust over time and tie them tight enough so the tension remains strong even when a lot of pressure or weight is applied onto them. A good way to apply more pressure on the panels or mesh sections is by rapping several strands of barbed wire around any posts you intend on covering; this ensures that everything will remain secure as ever.
There are different types of support posts you can choose from such as wood posts (treated as well as untreated) and steel posts. Wood posts will require more maintenance than steel posts because they’re prone to decomposition and insect infestation; if you pick wood then it’s highly recommended that you always coat them with a sealant or paint to keep the weather away from deteriorating them over time. Steel posts, on the other hand, are very durable but don’t hold up against rust as well as galvanized steel does nor do they have good insulation compared with wooden posts so this is why people don’t generally prefer using them for fencing purposes.