Locate your property’s boundary lines. It’s recommended that all posts be set approximately 4 inches inside the property line so that concrete footings don’t encroach onto any adjoining property.
Measure the overall length of your planned fence to determine how many feet of chain-link fabric and top rail will be required (Fig. 1).
Mark the location of each terminal post (corner, end and gateposts are called terminal posts) with a stake. When determining the positions of gateposts, remember that clearance for hinges, latches, etc., is included in the listed opening width of the gate. Therefore, if you ordered a gate for a 36-inch opening, the post spacing should be exactly
36 inches, inside post face to inside post face.
Setting Terminal Posts
The steps below will help you to set the terminal posts.
Dig the terminal postholes approximately 8 inches in diameter and 30 inches deep, with sloping sides (Fig. 2). The exact diameter and depth will be determined by local weather and soil conditions.
With crayon or chalk, mark the ground line on the posts. The height, above level ground, of the terminal posts will equal the height of the fence fabric plus 2 inches.
Center the terminal posts in the holes. Make sure the posts are plumb and set at the correct height. (Crayon mark should be at ground level.)Surround the posts with concrete in a continuous pour. Trowel finish around the posts and slope downward to direct water away.
Locating and Setting Line Posts
Use the steps below to locate and set the line posts.
When the terminal post footings have hardened enough to stabilize the posts, stretch a string line taut between the terminal posts. The string should be positioned on the outside face of the posts 4 inches below the top (Fig. 3). The height, above level ground, of line posts will equal the height of the fabric minus 2 inches.
Measure the distance between the terminal posts, and refer to the post spacing chart to determine the distance between the line posts. Dig the line postholes 6 inches wide and 18 inches to 24 inches deep, with sloping sides (Fig. 4). Center the line posts in the holes. Make sure the postsare plumb, aligned with the centers of the terminal posts and set at the correct height. Surround the posts with concrete in a continuous pour.Trowel finish around the posts and slope downward to direct water away.