Why Chain Link (cyclone) Fence?
Chain link fence provides extensive reliability and high security, all at a low cost. It’s durability comes from it’s galvanized heavy gauge steel core. It consists of steel wires woven together to form a diamond-patterned mesh fence. To protect the steel from rust or corrosion, each steel wire is zinc coated through hot-dip galvanization. This process allows steel to withstand extreme temperatures and elements – often for more than 25 years!
How Does It Work?
Chain link fence is easy to install and repair with only 3 main components:
1) Fabric (cyclone fence)
2) Fittings (hardware)
3) Posts (pipe)
Figure 1A, The Three Components Of Basic Chain Link Fence Systems
1.) Chain-link fabric mesh, sometimes called cyclone fencing, is the fencing material that spans the total length of a fencing area. It most often is sold in rolls that measure 50′ of length by the desired finishing height. The height of the roll is the height of the finished fence, e.g. a roll of 6′ wire is for a fence 6′ tall in finished height. Each roll of chain link fence has a unique combination of thickness, diamond size, height, and finish color. The standard for each variable helps in choosing the correct sizes.
Note, as mentioned above, some common names for chain link fence include cyclone fence, diamond link, and woven wire mesh. The two most commonly used names are chain link and cyclone.
2.) Fitting(s) is a generic term that refers to all parts used to assemble a metal chain link mesh fence. Examples of these items are as follows: tension bands, tie wires, hog rings, bars, rail ends, and all hardware.
See Figure 1A, images of chain link fittings.
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3.) Framework refers to the posts and rails used in a chain link fencing system. Posts are most often round or square in shape, and used to support the chain link mesh material. The fencing material mounts to the terminal, or end, posts by use of fittings. The line posts, which are installed at set intervals down the length of each fence run, differ in size and use from the terminal posts. Unlike the terminal posts, line posts provide support for the wire mesh. Optional support is possible with use of railing. Rail refers to the horizontal tube(s) often found at the bottom, middle, or top of a fence. Typically, the more rail used in a fence, the greater the strength of the fence.
Installing wire mesh fencing requires few tools, most are common household items. The essential tools needed are a shovel, string, level, wrench, and pliers. It’s worth noting that there are fence specific tools to aid in fence installation. Specialty fence tools are recommended for those doing large or continuous projects. See Figure 2A and The 5 Minute Fence: Chain Link Checklist for more information.
Figure 2A Examples Of Specialty Fence Tools