Chain link fences are often used to protect homes and businesses. While these fences are generally durable, they can be damaged by storms, wildlife or humans and will need repairs at some point. The damage can range from a broken gate to a small hole in the wire mesh. A small hole in the mesh can be patched with galvanized wire, but a large one will need to be replaced with new wire fabric. A broken rail or a bent post are also common problems that require quick repair. The good news is that these repairs can be done with a few tools and a little time, saving money from hiring a contractor.

Before you start repairing your chain link fence repair , carefully walk along the entire length and look for signs of damage. Check for broken or missing sections, crooked posts and rails, and general misalignment. You will also want to examine the ground, ensuring that there are no weeds or roots growing into or out of the fence. Once you have identified the areas that need repair, gather your materials and prepare to start working.

Begin by identifying precisely where the damage to the fence begins and ends. This will help you determine how much of the damaged rail to remove and replace. Then, use your pliers to untie the wires from the damaged section of the fence. If the ties are not rusted or broken, keep them for later; otherwise, throw them away. Once the wires are free, untwist them so that you can pull up the damaged section of the fence.

If the damage to the rail is not too severe, you may be able to straighten it out with a pipe wrench. If this is not successful, you will need to remove the damaged rail and replace it. Before you do this, however, you should make sure that you have a saw that is capable of cutting through metal fence rails. You can rent a saw from most hardware stores or home improvement centers.

Once you have removed the damaged rail, place the new one into the spot where it was before. Then, take a pair of pliers and untie the wires from the top of the fence. This will ensure that the new rail is securely attached to the fence.

You will now need to reattach the top of the fence to the end posts. If the end posts are still in good condition, you can simply reattach the come-along tool to the two nearest to the damaged area and crank it until the wire moves no less than 1/4 inch when pushed with your fingers.

If the end posts are rusty, you will need to replace them. Purchase a new line post and a new tension wire at your local hardware store. Using your pliers, loosen the old tension wire from the terminal or end posts and cut it to a short length. Then, install the new tension wire by running it through the bottom of the fence fabric and around the first end post. Repeat the process on the other end of the fence.