How to Install Chain-Link Fence on Uneven Ground

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If you’re considering upgrading your property’s perimeter fence with a functional chain-link fence, you’ve probably considered either installing it yourself or hiring a professional. When it comes to installing chain-link fences, one of the main dilemmas is the uneven ground surface in a property that can cause a lot of frustration during the installation process. How do you work around this issue?

Although it might seem intimidating, installing a chain-link fence on uneven ground is something that anyone with excellent DIY skills can pull off without professional help. However, attention to detail is key, combined with proper planning and understanding of the installation steps. Here are some simple steps to help you do it correctly:

What You’ll Need for Fencing

  • Fence poles (could be metal or concrete posts)
  • chain-link (length varies depending on the area of the property)
  • Cement
  • Metal clips
  • Metal crowns
  • Hole digger or shovel
  • Length of string and level

Fencing Preparation

Before you start installing your chain-link fence, there are a few pre-installation steps you need to complete.

  • Make sure you have all the necessary permits. Do your homework to find out what paperwork you need and read about fencing laws in your local jurisdiction.
  • Get a plan map of your property to locate your property’s exact perimeter lines for precise placement of your fence (Should be at least 4″ inside your line).
  • If possible, notify your neighbors and owners of properties around you of your plan to fence to set proper expectations.
How to Install Chain Link Fence on Uneven Ground

Installing Your Fence Posts

To ensure your chain-link fence is sturdy, you need to install equally strong fence posts first. The posts act as anchors for your chain-link fence. You’ll need to install two types of fence posts: terminal posts, which have a larger diameter and are installed on the corners of your property, and line posts, which have a small diameter and are usually installed between the terminal posts. To get started, follow these simple steps:

  • Get a fence post spacing chart at any local hardware supply store and follow the recommended spacing for line posts and the type of fencing posts you’re using while keeping in mind your property’s area.
  • Determine the locations of each of the posts and mark them with stakes. Then start digging the holes using a shovel or an electric hole digger.
  • When digging holes for your larger terminal posts, ensure they’re 10″ in diameter at the top end and 12″ towards the hole’s bottom. You’ll also want to make sure the terminal posts are at least 2″ taller than the chain-link.
  • For the smaller line posts, the holes should be 8″ in diameter at the top and then increase to 10″ in diameter towards the bottom. The line posts should also be at least 2″ taller than the chain-link’s height.
  • After digging all the holes, it’s time to mix the cement and pour it into the terminal post holes first. Carefully place the fence posts in the holes and adjust the post height accordingly. Wait for the cement to harden.
  • Get a strong string and tie it 4″ below the top of your terminal posts and then run it to the rest of the terminal posts in the corners of your property.
  • Pour the cement into the holes and carefully place the fence posts.
  • On the uneven ground in your property, you’ll need to adjust the line post’s top to ensure it meets the string line that runs above it. Ensure all the line posts stand at an equal height relative to the string line above it, and be especially mindful of this in areas where you have uneven ground in your property.
  • After you’ve completed installing all the fence posts, allow the cement to dry and harden for a day.
How to Install a Chain Link Fence

Installing Your chain-link

After the fence post concrete has hardened, it’s time to unroll your chain-link fabric. To do this correctly, follow these simple steps:

● First, unroll a small part of the chain-link, about one foot.
● Start installing it at one of the terminal posts by attaching the edge of the chain-link fabric to it using metal wires and latches.
● Stretch out the chain-link to the next section or the next line post and attach your metal latches at the fence post and chain-link’s contact points. Repeat these simple steps across the entire perimeter.
● Cut the chain-link sections that span the uneven ground – do it right to ensure a clean look.
● After laying out the entire chain-link around your property, attach the cap crowns on top of each fence post to secure the posts to the chain-link. Repeat across the perimeter.
● Congratulations! You’ve completed installing your chain-link fence on uneven ground and can now enjoy the benefits.

Enjoy Your Functional and Beautiful Fence

With careful planning and preparation, installing a chain-link fence yourself shouldn’t be difficult. Opting for DIY installation can be exciting for any homeowner and often brings a deep sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. As with any construction job, always remember to follow safety precautions, and don’t hesitate to ask for professional help if you need help with fence installation. Enjoy your beautiful fence!

Author Bio:
Katie Tejada is a passionate home renovation expert and avid outdoor enthusiast. She shares her remodeling knowledge by writing for various companies like All American Fence Erectors.