Tips That Will Make Your Chain-Link Fence Cost Less!
A lot of people don’t realize that they can lower their chain-link fence cost without having to build it with used materials or doing the job themselves. It doesn’t require negotiating with your contractor for weeks either. It really comes down to knowing exactly what you need your fence to accomplish and how you want it to look. There’s several different ways to build chain-link fences and different grades of material to choose from as well. You don’t necessarily need to have one that’s capable of holding back a bull when you’re trying to prevent a poodle from escaping.
Just about every chain-link fence has a top-rail which adds a pretty good bit to the overall price. This is a pipe that runs along the top of the fence that has a purpose other than just looks. It’s main function is to support the posts at each end of the fence which are also known as terminal posts and it also holds the fabric up so it doesn’t sag between the line posts. The top-rail can be eliminated by making a few changes in the design of the fence.
You can use a short piece of top-rail and a short post to support each corner and end. The top-rail will be used as a brace that runs from the top of each terminal posts to another post that sticks just above the ground surface making a brace. The post that’s just above the ground should only be around 6′ away from the terminal post. This will make an angle brace that will prevent the terminal post from bending. The angle brace will need to be installed in the direction that the fence is going to be stretched. You won’t need anything special to do this. The same brackets that would be used to connect the top-rails to the terminal posts are what is used to make the angle brace.
You will also need to do something about the sagging that’s going to happen as a result of the fence not being tied off with wire ties to the top rail along the top of the chain-link. This can be remedied by stretching a strand of barbless wire along the top and attaching it to the fence with hog rings instead of the wire ties that would normally be used. It’s very important for the posts that are going to have the barbless wire stretched to them supported with some sort of brace such as the angle brace listed above. This wire needs to be very tight and is almost guaranteed to bend the post or at least make it lean in the direction you’re pulling if it’s not supported.
You can also lower your chain-link fence cost by increasing the distance between each line post. If your fence is going to be located in an area that is remote and you’re only trying to contain a small pet, you can put your line post farther apart. It’s usually recommended that the posts are spaced no more than 10 feet apart, but you can get by with going up to 16 feet as long as it’s holding in a small animal and won’t get much abuse. Of course, it won’t be as strong, but it will do the job.