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testChain link fencing is known by many other names such as cyclone fence, hurricane fence, chain wire fence, and wire netting.  Oftentimes, the name by which a chain link fence is referred to is somewhat regional in nature, with some parts of the U.S. calling it one thing (a cyclone fence for example) with a different region calling it another.

Regardless of the name, a “chain link fence” usually refers to a galvanized or otherwise coated wire fence that is interwoven in such a way as to create a “diamond” pattern. The wires used to create the chain link fence, run diagonally to each other and are bent into a kind of zig-zag pattern.  This forms the characteristic diamond pattern and (depending on the thickness of the wire used) can result in a fence fabric that is very tough, strong, and durable. Chain link was actually first manufactured in England in 1844.  The original chain link fencing machines used to manufacture this kind of fence were based upon the weaving machines used to create fabric.

Chain link fencing is among the most popular type of fencing that S&S Fence installs and is among the most popular type of fence installed throughout the U.S.   The reasons for this popularity is, in part,  due to its relatively low cost and speed of installation. Additionally, the “open” weave of a chain link fences makes it easy to see through while still providing the functionality of a fence or barrier.  Although slates and other material can be used to create “privacy fences”, the unique apparent “transparency” of the design makes chain link among the most flexible and versatile materials in the world, lending itself to many other uses in addition to fencing.

In the United States, chain link fencing usually comes in 50-foot rolls of varying gauges (thicknesses).  Common gauges of the fence wire are 9, 11, and 12 gauge (with the smaller number being the thicker wire), and the thickness or gauge of the wire being determined by intended use and function.  Chain link fence is available in a wide variety of heights–from 3 feet tall to 20 feet and beyond–depending on the needs and wants of the project or the consumer.

Correctly selected and install fence post are the key to properly installed chain link fences that will last for years to come.  A chain-link fence is under considerable tension.  If the material used is not strong enough, or if the fence post are not properly anchored, the life of the fence can be considerably shortened.  The installation of chain-link fence involves setting fence posts into the ground and ensuring that they will not “pull out” under tension.  The fence posts may be steel pipe, wood or concrete.  The fence post may be driven into the ground or set in concrete (oftentimes both).

Posts at the ends of the fence or where gates are attached are called “terminal post”.  The posts set between the terminal posts are called “line posts”.   The fence is attached at one end, stretched, and attached at the other end.  The chain link fabric is usually attached to the line posts with aluminum wire. A bottom tension wire may be stretched between terminal posts to help minimize the in and out movement that can occur at the bottom of the fence in order to reduce wear and tear.  Once stretched, this wire should be secured to the line posts and the chain-link fence is  “hog ringed” to the tension wire.

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