Install Chain Link Fence Gate
1 – Loop Cap (Line Post Top)
– Secures top rail to line post. The size of the loop cap is standard to be 1 5/8″ (line post size) x 1 3/8″ (top rail size). If sizes of post or top rail are different for your job the loop caps will be adjusted accordingly. If using barb wire, the “barb arm” will be used instead of loop caps, but will do the same job.
2 – Fence Tie
– Secures wire to line post and top rail.
3 – Top Rail
– This is the rail that runs along the top of the line posts and is secured to the corners, ends, and gates using rail ends and brace bands. Wire will be secured to top rail using fence ties.
4 – Tension Bands
– 2 ½” Standard, will be the same size as your term post. You will need one less than the height of the fence for every term post (corners, ends, and gate posts). Corner post get double, one set for each direction. They are used in combination with tension bar to secure chain link fabric to terminal post.
5 – Rail End
– The size of your rail end will be in uniform with the size of your top rail. It is used in combination with the brace band to secure top rail to the terminal posts.
6 – Brace Bands (Rail End Band)
– 2 ½” Standard, will be the same size as your term post. You will need one brace band for every term post and two for every corner. The brace band is used in combination with rail end to secure top rail to fence.
7- Drop Fork Latch (Gate fork latch)
– This is the standard latch used for chain link fence gates. For a walk gate (or single gate) it will be the same size as the terminal post that the gate will latch to. For a double drive (or double gate) it will be the same size as your gate frame, because this is where the gate will latch to (used in combination with a drop rod).
*Please note that you will also need a drop fork collar (will be the same size as your gate frame) for your gate latch, it is not pictured, but is the part needed to attach your drop fork latch to your gate frame!
8 – Terminal Post Cap
– This is the cap that will be on every term post (gate, corner, or end post). These caps will be the same size as your terminal post.
*Please note that you will also need smaller dome or acorn caps for your gate uprights. They will be the same size as your gate frame.
9 – Line Post
– The line posts are spaced 10′ apart standard spacing. They are installed 2′ 2″ in the ground and all posts must be installed level. Line post will be 2′ longer than the height of the fence mesh.
10 – Hog Ring (Tension Wire Clip)
– The hog rings are used to secure the bottom wire to the fence mesh.
11 – Bottom Tension Wire
– The bottom wire is needed to keep animals and people from being able to push under the fence. This is a must if you are trying to keep dogs in or other animals out. The bottom wire also helps to keep the fence straight at the bottom. In some occasions the bottom wire can be replaced by bottom rail, which is just a better way of ensuring that animals cannot get under the fence.
12 – Terminal Post
– Gate post, corner post, and end post are referred to as term or terminal post. This is anywhere that the chain link wire will stop and begin on another stretch or end all together. These posts are purchased to be longer than the line post, these posts will be 6″ longer than the line posts, making them 2′ 6″ longer than the height of the fence mesh. They are also installed 2′ 4″ in the ground when installing chain link.
13 – Tension Bars
– These will be the same height of the fence. They are used in combination with tension bands to secure the wire to the terminal posts. For every corner post you will need one on each fence stretch.
14 – Male Post Hinge (Gate Post Hinge)
– The male post hinge is hung from the terminal post to hang the gate frame. The male post hinge is used in combination with the female post hinge. They will always be the same size as your gate post. Two are needed per walk gate, and four are needed per double gate.
15 – Female Post Hinge (Gate Frame Hinge)
– The female post hinge is the post hinge that will be attached to the gate frame. It will always be the same size as your gate frame. You will need two per walk gate, or six per double drive gate. The double drive gate uses a drop rod which is why you will need the two extra female hinges, they will secure the drop rod to the gate frame.
Other fence necessities
– Our rolls of wire come in 50′ lengths and can be woven together. Please ask if you need instruction to weave wire!
– 5/16″ x 1 ¼” is the standard size used for brace bands, tension bands, gate collar and drop fork. You will need 3/8″ x 2 ½” for every Male Post Hinge and 3/8 x 2″ for every female post hinge.
– You will need one drop rod per double drive gate. Optional to have one drop rod per leaf if there is any worry about gate needing to stay open for any reason.
Hand Tools That You Will Need to Install Your Fence
Hog Ring Pliers
– Used to clamp the hog rings on the bottom wire to attach to chain link mesh
– You will need a 3 Hook stretch hook for chain link anything under 5′ High. 6′ high and above you will need a 4 hook stretch hook. You will use a come along with the stretch hook to stretch your chain link wire!
– Fence pliers make your life a whole lot easier when trying to put the fence ties on your fence. Other pliers just aren’t the same for this type of work!
– Used combine with your stretch hook to stretch your chain link fabric tight to your posts.
– Used when you get into tough spots while digging your holes!
– Used to dig your post holes!
– To cut pipe with (could use a Sazsaw instead)
Drill with 9/16″ Socket and ½” Socket
– To quickly tighten down all those nuts and bolts!
– Needed to make sure all of your posts are level, don’t want your new fence to lean in and out!
Wheel Barrel and shovel
– Useful to help clean up the dirt after your install!