A chain link fence is a great addition to any home. But whether you are in the mood for a new look or you are due for an upgrade, you might find that at some point, you have to replace the fence. Before you install your new fence, though, you will need to remove the old one. There are some steps that make the fence removal process simple and streamlined.
Here are 4 steps in the chain link fence removal process:
Clearing the Ground
Just as you need to do your due diligence when installing a chain link fence, it is recommended that you clear the property lines before you remove the fence. It would also be a good idea to inform your closest neighbors about your plans. To begin, locate a stretch of flat ground close to your chain link fence. This is the area where you will start your work. Choose a side of the fence. It is recommended that you choose the one that has no top rail. After that, clear an area as wide as the height of the fence, plus two extra feet. Tie up or cover any nearby plants so that they don’t get damaged during the fence removal process.
Removing the Fence Fabric
Next, locate a corner or end post. Corner posts are relatively wider as compared to other posts of the fence, which makes your work easier. There will be a tension bar attached to the end of the fence fabric. Remove the tension bar by loosening the bolts and then measure out a length of fence fabric and cut the ties that hold the fabric to the posts. Once the fabric is freed, roll it up.
Removing the Top Rail
One the fence fabric is dealt with, check the top rail of the fence to see how it is attached to the fence posts. You may either need to unscrew the rail sections or cut them apart if they have been welded.
Removing the Fence Posts
Removing the fence posts is the trickiest part of the fence removal process. Posts are usually embedded in concrete. There are several ways to remove the posts. Most fence installers suggest rocking the posts back and forth until they are loosened. If this doesn’t work, then begin digging around the concrete until the post can be easily dragged out of it.
Terminal posts, those that are located at corners and ends of the fence, are reinforced with extra concrete, so they are the most difficult to remove. In order to remove them, you may need to use a mini tractor. A lazy approach would be to use a reciprocating saw to cut off the posts and leave the concrete alone. After that, cover it up with a potted plant.
Chain link fence offers many benefits. However, you may need to take it down if it gets rusted or breaks down. The above-mentioned steps will help you effectively remove your chain link fence.
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