Chain-link fences are considerably sturdier than the traditional white picket, but they still require maintenance to keep them looking and performing their best. The impact of trees, debris, and heavy objects can damage sections of your chain-link fence. If your chain-link fence needs a link or two replaced, it’s easier and more cost-effective to learn how to do these minor repairs yourself. Embark on your next DIY project of replacing a link on a chain-link fence by reading our tips below.
Gather Your Tools
- Rope for tying the nearest posts to hold up the damaged part of the fence.
- Tape measure for determining the size of the hole and where to cut the fence.
- Wire cutters for removing the damaged section and cutting the replacement piece.
- Aluminum tire wires for connecting the replacement piece to the section of the fence.
- Hog ring pliers for fencing to connect the replacement piece and tie the end of the wires together.
Tie Up the Fence
Use a part of the rope to provide support while replacing the link. Tie the rope one foot from the top of the fence and approximately five inches from the hole. Pull the rope another five inches horizontally to tie it on the other side of the hole.
Measure the Hole
Use the tape measure to indicate the distance from the hole to the ground and cut the fence in a straight line. Place the tape measure on the side of the hole, stretch down to the ground to mark the distance, and repeat the process on the other side of the hole.
Remove the Old Link
Use the wire cutters to cut down each line you previously measured. Carefully remove the damaged chain links and discard them before proceeding to the next step. Use both the wire cutters and the tape measure to cut out the replacement link by using the previous measurements to match.
Connect the New Link
Ask someone to hold the left side of the new link to the fence before connecting the links. Use the aluminum tie wires to connect the replacement piece to your fence, and use the pliers to twist the ends of the ties together clockwise. Start from the top rung of the fence and apply six to twelve inches of space between each tie wire until reaching the ground.
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