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*Use a post pounder or driving cap to help prevent deforming of post tops.
*Install bottom wire to deter animal digging and pushing.
*Stretch fence and wire with a ratcheting tension tool (come-along).

Chain link fence diamond pattern


Chain Link Fencing

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Chain-link fence. Wire netting fence. Chain-wire fence.

A chain-link fence or wire netting or chain-wire fence is a type of woven fence usually made from galvanized or LLDPE-coated steel wire. The wires run vertically and are bent into a zig-zag pattern so that each "zig" hooks with the wire immediately on one side and each "zag" with the wire immediately on the other. This forms the characteristic diamond pattern seen in this type of fence.
The popularity of chain-link fence is due to its relatively low cost and ease of installation. A further advantage is that due to the open weave, chain-link fences are transparent, and do not obscure sunlight.
The installation of chain-link fence involves setting posts into the ground and attaching the fence to them. The posts are steel tubing and may be driven into the ground or set in concrete.
End posts, or terminal posts, must either be set in concrete or anchored to prevent leaning under the tension of a stretched fence. After the end posts are set, line posts are driven in equally spaced at intervals of approximately 8-10 feet (2.5-3.0 m).

Chain link fence
The fence is then attached at one end, stretched, and attached at the other; the excess being easily removed by "unscrewing" a wire. Finally it is tied to the line posts with aluminum wire.

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