Steps to Installing Wire Mesh Fencing

Published: 09th March 2011
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Installing wire mesh fencing could seem to be a daunting task. Here are some simplified steps to ensure a smooth and hassle-free installation. Wire meshes come in different varieties, especially based on how the wires are interlinked. Chain-link wire meshes are popularly used in fencing. Chain-link fencing has interwoven steel wire mesh fastened to a hardware frame and a pipe. Special wire mesh ties of long and heavy gauge wire affix the chain-link mesh onto the pipe.

Chain-link wire mesh fencing is simple to install. The fence ties join at regular intervals along the vertical posts and along the top rail, between each section of fencing at the end posts. Another wire, called the bottom tension wire stabilizes this wire mesh’s bottom, and attaches to the fencing mesh with tension-wire clips.

To install the bottom tension wire for the chain-link wire mesh, first slide one rail-end band onto every end post for a certain section of the fence. These rail-end bands go first on every post before other hardware does. Then, measure the distance between the rail-end bands, and cut a bottom tension wire equal to this length plus 2 feet.

Through the hole in any rail-end band, insert one end of wire. Now, wrap the wire’s end around the wire’s main portion in order to securely fasten it onto the end band. Into the hole of the other rail-end band, insert the bottom tension wire’s other end. Using pliers, pull this wire tightly through the hole.

To hold this arrangement in place, bend the wire over; and wrap the wire’s end around its main portion to secure it in one position. With the help of special tension-wire clips, fasten the bottom tension wire to the chain-link wire mesh, for every 12 inches along the length of the wire.

For the installation of fence ties, begin by positioning the chain-link wire mesh’s top edge along the top rail of the wire fence. This has to be done once the rest of the hardware for the fence framework is in place. Form a fencing tie, as a large U-shape. Position the tie around the backside of the top rail pipe, in order to let the ends of the tie jut out through the chain-link wire mesh. Then, bend one end of fence tie over and around the closest wire of the wire mesh to secure the mesh to the tie in position.

Next, using pliers, tightly pull the other end of the wire against the top rail. Bend this end around the wire into the mesh which is closest to that particular tie end. Finally, repeat these steps from the beginning for every 24 inches along the fence’s top rail, and for every 12 inches along every vertical line post.

Thus, you have the procedure for bottom tension wire and fence ties for your chain-link wire mesh fencing. These are moderately easy do-it-yourself jobs for installation of this kind of fencing in your household. Use a good quality wire mesh for a fencing that lasts long, and also one that preferably carries a good warranty along with it.

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