There are many great benefits to a chain link fence. For starters, they are a cost-effective option, which is great when you are enclosing a larger space than normal. In addition to this, they require very little maintenance and are fairly durable.
However, as durable and maintenance-free that they are, there are some things you can do to increase the longevity of your chain link fence even more. Here are some tips to get you started.
Cleaning your Fence
Occasionally, you will want to clean your chain link fence. Usually, you can accomplish this simply by spraying the fence off with a water hose. However, if you have some stains or soiled areas you wish to clean a little more deeply, simply use a soft scrub brush and some soapy water to brush away the stain.
Just about any cleaning solution will suffice and you won’t need to worry about the added danger of rust development. After scrubbing the dirty area with your soft brush, rinse the fence again with your water hose.
Repairing your Fence
Over time, it is possible that your fence will become damaged or loose. Correcting these issues is usually rather simple. For a loose fence, start by removing the tie wires. You can then use a fence puller to remove the fence from the tension bar so you can tighten the fence and reattach it to the post.
If you have a damaged section, you can follow the above steps and simply remove the damaged section. Then you can either replace the wires that make up the damaged section or replace the entire chain link fence section altogether. After you have replaced or repaired the fence, make sure you reattach it to the tension bar so it is tight and effective.
Along with having issues with the chain link portion of your fence, you may wind up with a bent fence rail. This could happen when a tree branch falls on the fence or other issues occur. Luckily, this is an extremely easy fix and usually costs very little money.
To start with, you will need a new top rail and some wire ties. When you buy your top rail, make sure one end is open and one end is crimped. Along with these tools, you will also need a hacksaw and someone who can hold the fence section in place while you measure it.
Use your damaged rail to measure your new one. Make a mark where you will need to cut your new rail in order to replace the old one. You can then cut your new rail to match the length of the old one. To remove your old rail, cut it with your hacksaw and slide it off the joint. Then, you can easily make the connections for your new rail and have a beautiful fence once more.
Repairing the Gate
Another issue that sometimes surfaces in chain link fences is in regard to the gate. Usually, this is the case when the gate gets out of alignment. This is usually something you can correct simply by adjusting the hinge pins. You will need to use a socket wrench to loosen the pins and reposition them. To make this process easier, rely on the aid of a hammer and a wood block.
Before you tighten the pins again, make sure you check the new position and the swing of the gate to make sure you have it right.
Following this advice could help you ensure your chain link fence stands the test of time. For information about replacing or installing a new chain link fence, be sure to contact us today. We have options that any homeowner can afford and that will look great on your property.
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