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Old 06-30-2018, 12:29 AM   #1
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DIY Chain Link Fence


I’m thinking of installing 130’ of chainlink fence in our backyard. 9 gauge black vinyl coated.

Project looks fairly straight forward. 3 corner posts, 1 gate, tie into existing wood and iron fences.

Any tricks I should be aware?

Where in Toronto can I source material and what should it cost me a linear foot for 4’?
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I've done a few. The last one about 7 years ago I (actually the missus) took the measurements, gate, etc. into our local Home Hardware building centre and they put together and delivered all the bits and pieces. Took a buddy and myself a day to install. The only thing I didn't install was the bottom wire - our dogs have to jump up to bite your ankle and I figured it wasn't worth it.


You will also have to rent a 'pounder' (assuming that's how you intend to set the posts). Some are pretty crudely made and often beat up from rental - check the base of the pipe for rough edges and file smooth or try duct tape. I found a can of black Tremclad helped afterwards. When you're pounding the use levels every couple of inches especially at the beginning.
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Ayuh,.... Establish yer corners, 'n use lotsa string lines to keep things straight,.....
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One corner post starts at the end of my neighbours wrought iron. How best to make this transition as tight as possible? The iron fence post will have a footing so I won’t be able to get that close with my post.

Do they make hardware so that I can use the iron fence post as my corner?
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I just replaced my gate chain link fabric(real thin- my dog could push right through) with 9 gauge galvanized.

That stuff is heavy and very thick! If you go with 9 gauge vinyl, it should last a lifetime.
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One corner post starts at the end of my neighbours wrought iron. How best to make this transition as tight as possible? The iron fence post will have a footing so I won’t be able to get that close with my post.

Do they make hardware so that I can use the iron fence post as my corner?

It depends on the profile of the iron post. If it will allow, you could use an extra set of corner post clamps and an additional tension rod to extend the mesh past your last end/corner post. It make look a little hacked. They might make a more specialty part but you'd have to check a chain link fence manufacturer's catalogue - and it might be special order if it exists.
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I just found out that in my area, any fence has to be 4"
on the inside of the property line - not directly on the line.
this proves ownership (says the code enforcer guy).
so check with your local code office prior to digging your first hole.
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I would recommend setting your post in concrete. Set your corner posts first, then run a supper tight string near the top between them. This will aid you keeping your intermediate post straight.
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Wonder why vinyl coated.... may regret it, unless someone else owns it in around 10 - 12 years.
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You have received different views on how to set posts - pounded and set in concrete. I have installed 2 (possibly 3, getting old) by pounding and yet to have one move. In Toronto you will get frost jacking and in my limited experience the pushing up by the frost is never equaled by the settling down after the frost goes out. A smooth metal pole offers less for frozen soil to grab onto than a slug of concrete.


Remember that some areas of Toronto can have pretty heavy clay.
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You have received different views on how to set posts - pounded and set in concrete. I have installed 2 (possibly 3, getting old) by pounding and yet to have one move. In Toronto you will get frost jacking and in my limited experience the pushing up by the frost is never equaled by the settling down after the frost goes out. A smooth metal pole offers less for frozen soil to grab onto than a slug of concrete.


Remember that some areas of Toronto can have pretty heavy clay.

Frost jacked posts are a legitimate concern in cold weather climates.
But they are likely a result of incorrect dug holes and or filled too high with concrete. Check this site by a reputable fence supplier
https://www.hooverfence.com/chain-li...manual#Setting


Holes should be slightly bell shaped with large mouth at the bottom. And concrete should be filled short of the top.



Your choice to pound or dig might also depend on your soil. At my current location the ground is so rocky pounding wouldn't have worked well. I am sure it would have resulted in many bent post, along with several restarts.

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