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How can I further secure the bottom of a chain link fence? I have two 80 pound boxers,
they keep pushing the bottom of the chain link fence out and getting out. Any suggestions
how to anchor the vinyl fence to the ground? I tried metal stakes, but the male pulled the
fence with his teeth and pulled them out. I would appreciate any suggestions you may have.
Chain Link Fence and Other Types Wire
Thank you for writing HooverFence.com. A relatively easy, efficient, and
good way to further secure the bottom of a chain link fence is to install a bottom tension
wire. This wire reinforces the bottom of a chain link fence and helps prevent the bottom
from 'pulling' up if an animal tries to push the fabric out and away from the fence line.
This bottom chain link fence tension wire, is available in various gauges. 7 gauge galvanized spiral tension
wire is common for both residential, commercial, and heavy commercial chain link
fences. A 6 gauge vinyl coated
wire and all aluminum tension wire is also available. This wire runs between terminal
posts, i.e. end post, corner post, and/or gate post is is in-between, sandwiched between
the line (intermediate) posts and the chain link fabric. It does not get
woven into the chain link fabric as some people think. It is simply attached to terminal
posts by wrapping directly to the posts, or wrapping it to a nut in bolt holding a brace band in place. Chain link
fence bottom tension wire is stretched using a come-a-long and cable puller, or with a T-Bar. We have a
detailed "How To
Install Chain Link Fence" installation manual for installing tension wire here.
During a new installation, bottom
tension wire is normally stretched after the fence project is framed, meaning posts have
set, top rail and/or bracing has been installed. Tension wire is stretched on the outside
of the fence enclosure. Chain link is then stretched afterwards.
When retrofitting an existing chain
link fence with bottom tension wire. The bottom tie wire securing the chain link fabric to
the posts is normally removed and replaced later. Stretch tension wire on outside of the
chain link fence, the same side of the fence that the fabric is on, opposite the posts and
top rail. Once tension wire is stretched, walk along fence line and tuck the bottom
tension wire under , then between the posts and the chain link fabric. Go to inside of
fence, and secure tension wire to chain link fabric with steel, aluminum, or vinyl coated hog
rings, normally every two feet, or closer if more strength is needed. Replace fence
ties on bottom of line posts.
If you continue to have problems
with your dogs 'pushing' the bottom of the fence away, stakes shaped like a horse-shoe can
be made and drive to catch the bottom tension wire. We've taken chain link truss rods, cut them
approximately every 18" or so and bend the in a U-shape. One or two of these stakes
per space between posts should suffice.
As last recourse, a bottom rail can
be installed. Choose a diameter and grade to match your top rail, normally 1-3/8"
O.D., or 1-5/8" O.D.. This is normally sold in 21' or 24' lengths and will need cut
to fit unline the top rail which rests on top of line posts. We carry full length chain
link tubing in .065 wall (16
gauge), SS20, and SS40. vinyl coated chain link
tubing is available in the same thicknesses. Attach bottom rail to terminal posts using
either end rail clamps, or rail end cups and brace bands. Bottom rail will
attach to line posts with chain link line rail clamps, or boulevards
as they are often called.
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