The 5 Steps Of Chain Link Fence Removal
Whether upgrading to a new fence or simply replacing your current one, removing a chain link fence is a relatively easy process – providing you take the right steps. That said, the task can be quite laborious, so make sure you get some help with the removal to make the job that bit easier.
Check out the 5 steps of chain link fence removal:
Step One – See If Someone Else Will Do It For You First!
Before getting into the removal process, it’s worth mentioning that you may be able to get someone to do the job for free! It’s quite common to find ads on Craigslist or Facebook advertising a free chain link fence for those willing to remove it.
Granted, your fence needs to be in good condition, but it’s certainly a much easier way of removing the fence!
Then, if it’s necessary to remove the fence yourself:
Step Two – Separate chain link grid from posts
There should be several narrow wire loops called fence ties that secure the chain link to the top of the fence rail. Remove these along the length of the fence, and then start to remove the clips holding the link fence to the vertical posts. Work your way along the length of the fence, detaching each of the links from the post. The chain link should simply fall to ground. You’ll likely need a bolt cutter with a sharp blade to complete this step!
Step Three – Gather the chain link grid
The chain link should now be removed from the fence, after which it is just a case of rolling it up – you should lay it out flat in the yard to make rolling it up easier. Also, gathering it up is quite difficult if the chain link grid is quite lengthy, in which case it’s recommended that you cut it up into several smaller sections and then roll these up separately. Aim to roll the link grid into a tight cylinder, starting from one end and rolling until tightly packed, tying it with a wire or a rope to keep it held together.
Step Four – Remove the top rail
The fence should now consist of just the poles and top rails, so the next step is to loosen and remove the top rail section. Unless welded to the posts, removing it should be easier enough, typically needing you to lose the nuts and bolts holding the top rail to the posts.
If the top rail is too secured to the posts or even welded together, you may need to use a more robust method such as a reciprocating saw, hacksaw, or hand grinder.
Step Five – Remove the posts
Posts are often the most difficult parts of a chain link fence to remove, especially when secured into the ground using concrete. Start this step by digging around the posts to see if there is any concrete embedding the post into the ground – soak the ground with water to make digging easier.
As most fences are installed using a concrete base, you’re going to need to dig around the concrete base, which helps lose the post for easier removal. Try pushing and pulling the post after digging up around the concrete base – this usually works in most cases.
Be aware that end and corner posts are more secure, so you may need to use a cutting saw to remove most of the post if you can’t remove it by hand.
Call Diamond Fence Co. for all your fencing needs. Serving the Inland Empire area, we sell, design, and install chain link fences and barbed wire for residential and commercial properties. We have a retail showroom at our location in Redlands, and would be happy to give you a free, no obligation estimate for any need you have for fencing, cages, kennels, barbed wire, backstops, and many more applications. Basically, if it’s chain link anything, we can do it, with your satisfaction guaranteed. For any questions, or to schedule an appointment, contact us online or give us call at (909) 307-8255 today!