How to Repair Chain Link Fencing

Posted on: 6 August 2015

Chain link fencing is a cost-effective method for establishing property boundaries, and is the preferred method of fencing for many industrial applications, from factories to schools, ranches to parking lots. However, when weather, age, and damage cause your chain link fence to look past its prime, it may be time to break out the tools and get to work with some repairs, before a replacement becomes necessary:

The Sagging Fence

One of the most common problems facing older chain link fences is gravity. If a section of your fence begins to sag, it's time to act before your fence becomes compromised. If you catch the problem right away, you'll only need to replace the concrete struts below the offending post. Dig out the foundation of the post using an old fashioned shovel and some hard work, and replace the concrete strut in the proper position to eliminate sagging. Done and done.

Small Mesh Damage

You can fix small sections of mesh using a fence puller, some wire cutters, and pliers. Use a fence puller to remove the tension bar along the top of the mesh section that you are working on. Then, carefully cut out the damaged section. Cut a matching section of new mesh that is slightly larger than what you have removed, and carefully weave it into the hole. Taking the time to do this now will prevent the rust from spreading and becoming a more costly repair.

Lots of Rust

Metal fences are exposed to the elements, which in certain climates can cause a rust problem. Catching this problem early will allow you to replace the damaged sections. Grab a hack saw and a handy friend (or hire yourself a handyman to help you). Cut away the damaged posts and mesh before the rust spreads and becomes a terminal issue for your fence. 

Carefully weld new posts using a connecting flange to the section just above the concrete. You might have to rent an arc welder from your local hardware store. Then, you and your buddy can stretch a new section of mesh and secure it between the two posts using the tension rod at the top. No more rust!

To prevent further damage to your chain link fence, be sure to catch any signs of rust or sagging and have them repaired as soon as possible. If your repairs do not seem to be holding, or if you find yourself repairing sections of your fence often, it's time to call a fencing company and have a professional evaluation. It may be time to consider a new fencing material for your needs.