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Old 05-08-2009, 10:33 AM
 
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Hi everyone!!
Has anyone ever installed a chain link fence themselves? If so..how hard was it and was it any cheaper then having a company install it? We really need to fence in our yard, but due to me being laid off, we are wondering if we can do it ourselves. I am going to call a few places first and get some estimates and then go to Lowes or Home Depot and figure up how much the materials would be. If you have done it yourselves..let me know how and what we need ( people, tools, etc )Thanks!!
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Old 05-08-2009, 02:34 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Just finished doing my own backyard this afternoon. It is quite easy really IF the holes for the posts dig easy. That is the hardest part of the whole job. I put up the entire fence myself with the occasional help of my 11 year old son to hold something or just to be out there with me. I found it was MUCH cheaper to do it yourself that it was to have somebody come in and do it. The area I fenced in was 120 X 95 (with part of one long side being the house) and it ran $1800 for everything.

Including taking down the old rotten wood fence it took 3 days total but it is easy digging around here. I put up a 4' high fence, but going to a 6' isn't that much more. My price includes 3 gates; 2 - 4 foot gates, and 1 - 12 foot drive gate so I can get my camper and boat into the backyard.

Here are a couple of places that I followed their advice and it went up without a headache of any kind. The first one has a very handy check list you can use to figure out exactly what materials you will need to do the job right. Plus a nice chart for determining distance between center line posts so they come out evenly spaced.
How to install chain link fence
Installing a Chain Link Fence and Gate
HOME IMPROVEMENT : Fences & Gates : Installing a Chain Link Fence : DIY Network
http://www.associationsites.com/page...=901&usr=clfma
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Old 05-08-2009, 08:19 PM
 
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Thanks for the info!! I will look at those sites if we decide to do it ourselves. I had a few people tell me that it was easy as long as you had some really strong people to help pull the fence tight. What I would like about doing it ourselves, is that we can buy the materials a little at a time. Won't hurt my checkbook as much!
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Old 05-08-2009, 08:31 PM
 
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You want to buy (or rent) a "come-along" to help stretch the chain link. We have one, my husband used it to fix my parents fence. I don't understand completely, but part of it hooks on to the fencing, and part hooks on to a post or rail - and you ratchet it tight, then you can use the ties to secure the fencing in place.

Not too difficult, just (like all DIY) time consuming! Good luck!! I think doing it yourself (if your capable of putting in the time) is always the smart move, assuming you have the patience to do it right!
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Old 05-09-2009, 05:36 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Fence stretcher is about $30 at Lowes. To get the fence the right tension really isn't that hard, even on my longest run of 120 feet.
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