Mother Nature can take a toll on everything, even a chain link fence. If your fence is looking a little ragged, you don’t need to hire a pro to fix it.
With some basic supplies and one to two hours, you can repair it on your own. Here’s what you’ll need for this beginner’s level DIY project:
TOOLS & MATERIALS
- Hacksaw or Recip Saw – with Metal-Cutting Blade
- Top Rail for the Fence
- Wire Ties
When taking on this DIY project, be sure to equip yourself with the proper safety gear.
Remove tie wires. Start by untwisting and removing the wires connecting the fence to the top rail.
Cut out damaged section. Now that the wire ties are removed, cut and remove the damaged piece of fence rail. You can do this with either a hacksaw or reciprocating saw. If you use a reciprocating saw, have a friend hold one end and help remove it. Be sure to save any corner posts on the damaged piece.
Mark new rail. You’ll see that each rail section is tapered on one end to fit into adjoining sections. Remove one side of the existing rail so you’re left with a tapered end and a non-tapered end. Have a helper hold the tapered end of the new rail, overlapping the area where it will be secured. Mark the new piece at the other end as shown. Then, cut with a hacksaw or reciprocating saw.
Insert new rail. Slide on any corner post. Then, fit the open end of the new rail over the tapered end of the adjoining rail. On the other end of the rail, insert the tapered end of the new rail into the existing rail. Reconnect the corner posts, if necessary.
Reconnect chain link. Using a wire tie about every twenty-four inches, reattach the fence to the top bar. If the old wire ties are in good condition, you can reuse them. Once you’ve reconnected the fence, you repair is complete.