How to install a flexible fence?
Putting up a fence is often the simplest solution to delimit a land. The fence is also aesthetic and reassuring, whether solid, openwork or composed of a mesh. There are several types of chain-link fences: flexible chain-link and rigid chain-link. The first comes in a roll, while the second is made up of mesh panels. In any case, posts are necessary to properly maintain your fence. Here's how to put up a soft fence.
The benefits of soft fencing
The flexible fence has the advantage of being inexpensive and weatherproof. Made from galvanized steel wires, it does not suffer the onslaught of rust, regardless of the region in which it is installed. The flexible fence can be used to delimit private property or business land. The mesh can be twisted or welded.
Flexible fence installation: what material to use?
To install a flexible fence, you need:
- Posts: their spacing is approximately 2.50 m. To calculate the number of posts you need, you must therefore divide the length of the fence by 2.50 m. The posts are anchored in the ground, at least 40 cm deep. There are two types of posts for this fence: iron T or round tube.
- The struts: they compensate for the traction of the fence. Count one support leg for the starting post, two for each corner post, and two for the intermediate reinforcement posts (maximum every 25ml).
- Tension wires: used to fix the fence, the tension wires are installed at the top, bottom, and in the middle of the fence; several wires in the middle are necessary depending on the height of the fence (1 tension wire every 50cm ). To tension these wires, you will need stiffeners tensioners. To attach these threads, you can opt for a binding thread or special staples (the most used system).
- Tension bars: used to tension the mesh evenly, and without deforming it, you must thread them into the end meshes of the mesh.
Installing a flexible fence: the procedure to follow
Here is how to install a flexible mesh:
- Delimit the land according to the cadastral markers. To do this, stretch a line between each mark.
- Every 2.50 m, mark the locations of the posts using small wooden stakes or with suitable spray paint.
- With a spade or shovel, dig the holes for the posts. Make a hole 30 to 50 cm deep and 30 cm wide.
- Seal the first post with concrete that you pour into the hole you made.
For a T post, the flat side must be oriented towards the outside of the ground and the rib of the T towards the interior. The first hole should line up with the first wire or twist at the top of the mesh.
The round must be oriented inwards for a tube post and the small flat rabbet outwards. The post must protrude a few cm from the height of the fence.
- Vibrate the concrete to drive out the air it contains.
- Check the verticality of the post using a spirit level.
- Install the following posts. They must be aligned. To check alignment, use a laser level.
- Attach the struts where needed. The flat part must be fixed by bolting, on either side of the T of the post or with a collar for the tube post. This will seal their base with concrete.
- Attach the stiffeners to the posts with tension wires (step to be skipped if you install a tube post).
- Tie the tension wires with the stiffeners at the top, middle, and bottom of the starting posts using universal pliers. Tighten the tension wires by passing them through the holes in the T-posts (step to be taken if you are installing with a tube post).
- Thread the tension bars through the end meshes of the fence. Pass them alternately above and below the stitches of this one.
- Attach the entire fence with the tension bar to the starting post every 50cm in height: at the top, bottom, and middle. To do this, use staples or wire ties.
- Stretch the web evenly: you will need to thread another tension bar at the end of the roll.
- Fix the mesh permanently on the tension wires: every 30 cm, hang the mesh and the tension wire using a tying wire or staples. For installation on a tube post, the mesh is fixed only to the small rebate of the tube post.
After all these steps, your flexible fence will be firmly installed!
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