Posted on: 26 August 2015
Chain link fencing offers a safe and fairly inexpensive way to protect your home compound. These fences are usually made of woven galvanized steel, making them resistant to corrosion, pest infestation and sunlight damage.
However, this is not to say that these fences are indestructible. Problems with sticker bushes and debris on the fence surface, or damaged rails and fence ties are often common. Here is a look at two such problems and how to prevent or fix them.
Replacing a damaged top rail
The top rail is the foundation of the fencing, giving support to the rest of the fence framework so as to keep it intact and maintain the chain link net. This rail is often comprised of several metal pipes of equal length joined together to support the entire fence, so it is crucial that it remains strong so that the fence does not collapse. Severe damage to the top railing, including breaks or severe dents call for the replacement of the damaged sections by a fence contractor, but you can do the replacing yourself if you are handy.
Begin by using large pliers to untie the fence ties hooked to the damaged rail, taking care not to untie any links attached to the fence posts, as this would cause the chain link net to unravel. Next, remove the nuts and bolts at the top end of the rails using an adjustable wrench and socket wrench.
This will enable you to pull the damaged rail ends away from the brackets it was fixed in. You can use a hammer to gently hit the inner edges of the damaged rail end so it comes loose. Next, proceed to install a new rail pipe by attaching it to adjacent brackets and securing it in place using bolts, before attaching the loose fence ties to the rail top at equal intervals and hook the ends with the rest of the chain link net.
Keeping out sticker bushes
Perennial and annual bushes can grow along the surface of the fence, making it unsightly while also attracting pests and debris. The most effective way to keep them out is to halt their growth from the very start when installing the fence.
Slide landscape fabric under the fence and cover it with mulch, gravel and rocks to prevent bushes from sprouting next to the fence. You may also include pre-emergent herbicides into the landscape fabric annually to prevent new seeds carried by wind or birds to the site from sprouting next to the fence.
For more information, contact B & B Fence or a similar company.Share