A Tutorial To Fix Your Chain Link Fence

Chain link fences are a great way to separate your property from the neighboring ones. You can install the fences to keep animals and small children inside the yard. It is also a great safety measure for keeping unwanted trespassers off your property, which is why a lot of companies have them installed around the perimeter. The fences are made out of steel links that form a chain and are held together using a top bar and fence posts. It is a sturdy and durable fencing option, but there are times when the fence will become damaged due to storms, accidents, or other reasons. This guide will walk you through repairing your chain link fence:

Materials Needed:

Before you begin, you will need to assemble the following materials:

  • Fence rail

  • Chain link

  • Posts

  • Wire cutters

  • Come-a-long tool

  • Work gloves

  • Hacksaw

Step One

First, you will need to locate and access all the damage. Walk the entire perimeter of the fence and note which areas need to be repaired. If necessary, pick up branches or objects that have fallen on the fence.

Step Two

Start with the closest area of the damaged fence. Mark the distance between the intact fence posts to determine which amount of fence you need to repair. If the fence post itself it damaged, measure the length from where it originally was and go from there. Mark down the measurements and continue down the fence line repeating the process. Add up the lengths at the end so you know how much replacement chain fence to purchase. Note how many replacement posts you need as well.

Step Three

Now you will remove the damaged fence. Put your work gloves on and begin cutting off the old fence with the wire cutters. Place the old fencing out of the way for now. Continue removing all old fencing until it is finished.

Step Four

Measure out your first piece of fencing and cut it to the correct length using the hacksaw. Install the new fencing into the posts by sliding the railing into the rail cap spots. At the end of the row, place the end post rail cap on and reconnect all brace and tension bands.

Step Five

Remove damaged posts and install the new ones in the hole from the old posts. Use a fence post setter to shove the posts firmly in the ground. Connect the fencing on either side of the posts using the directions from Step Four.

Step Six

Walk along the edge of the fence and use the come-a-long tool to stretch the fence tight in places where it sags a bit.


If you run into trouble, you can always hire a contractor to help you complete the job. The contractor will charge per hour, but it may be cheaper if you already have all the materials for them to use.

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