7 Helpful Tips for Chain Link Fence Repairs

Lots of homeowners across Melbourne use chain wire fences to act as a barrier between their backyard and the rest of the neighbourhood.

It provides a cost-effective way to define your backyard and will last a few years before it needs to be replaced.

However, that doesn’t mean a couple of repairs won’t be needed along the way. Chain-link fences have a few different aspects to them, all of which need to be maintained every few years.

Here are some helpful tips on how to properly perform chain-link fence repair, so that you have a fence that will last for a long time to come.

How To Repair A Chain Link Fence

Get the equipment together

As with any handyman or handywoman project, you’re going to want to have all the tools you need on hand to make the process smoother.

Some are for producing, others are for your protection, but all of them are essential for the chain-link fence repair process. If you don’t have a piece of equipment, go to the nearest store and buy it before proceeding.

Before you start, you’ll want tools like pins, a reciprocating saw, an extension cord, a metal file, and an adjustable wrench to complete the task.

You’ll want a set of safety goggles, gloves and earplugs or soundproof ear muffs for safety.

As far as the actual chain-link fence itself is concerned, you’re going to want to make sure you have a couple of chain-link fence rails and wire ties.

Make sure you head to the store or borrow these supplies beforehand, so you’re not running to and from the mid-project store.

Measure the rails

What you don’t want after you’ve bought the new chain-link fence rails is to find out that you’ve purchased the wrong size.

To avoid this setback, make sure you measure the old rails before you take a trip to the local store. To calculate it, take a tape measure and place it at the end of one of your old rails. Ensure you write down the length, so you don’t forget! 

This way, when you make the repairs, it’s going to look like a brand-new version of its former self. The last thing you want is a chain link fence with noticeable flaws.

Take note of any damages

There’s one more thing to do before you go to the store to buy all the equipment and materials you need.

Be sure to walk around the entire chain-link fence, on both sides, and inspect to see all the repairs that need to be done.

Are there posts that are crooked or lost from their foundation? Is there a top rail that’s noticeably bent or rusty? Do the gates still work well, or do they have to be replaced? Is the chain mesh in your fence compromised?

Remove the ties of the wire

To start the chain-link repair process, be sure to begin by removing all the wire ties that are wrapped around the top of the rails.

Remove the wire ties and untwist them from their position. Just make sure you’re removing the wire ties from areas that you want to fix. If you don’t repair that area, there’s no reason to undo the useful wire tie.

As you unite them, try to have one hand on the rail to avoid putting too much pressure on it.

Measure the new railing

One of the handiest tricks in the book to repair a chain-link fence is how to make sure you cut the perfect size for your new rail.

The best practice for this is to hold onto the old rail after you’ve taken it down so that you can use it when it’s time to cut the new railing.

While cutting, set the old one against your new rail and mark the new one where you need to take the reciprocating saw to it. It will promise a perfect length of time every time using this method.

Double cheque your posts

One of the biggest mistakes people make in repairing the DIY chain link is overlooking the current status of the fence posts

If you don’t tend to have a loose fence, all the new rails and chain mesh you’ve fixed won’t matter.

Be sure to take a hard look at whether your posts are still in a stable condition or need to be replaced as well. If they do, all it takes is to instal a new one in the same post ditch.

Keep your eye on it!

The best way to maintain the integrity of your chain link fence is to cheque in after every change of season.

Outdoor elements are the enemy of your fence. In some cases, the summer can be as harsh as the winter. Don’t take off that season and leave it vulnerable for the cold months ahead.

You can save time and effort by dealing with a few small problems before they become massive, day-consuming repair projects.

Hiring an expert 

The chain-link fence is one of the best types of fences you can have for your house. If you’re still not sure how to repair it properly or feel a little overwhelmed, call an expert. 

For further enquiries, please feel free to contact us via our contact page, and we will be happy to assist you further.