How to Install a Chain Link Fence--Layout the Fence

June 13, 2022
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How to Install the chain Link  Fence


Most instructions on how to put up with a chain link fence begin with the determining the layout.


  • Set your fence about 4-inches away from your property line to avoid any property line issues with neighbors. This distance will likely be dictated by your local building code and so may be slightly different.
  • Lay out the fence perimeter using batter boards and mason’s line. If running your fence parallel to the house, start with this line first. Then run perpendicular lines to complete the perimeter, crossing the mason’s line at the corners.
  • Square the corners using the 3-4-5 method. Measure 3-feet from where the lines intersect and make a mark on the string line. Measure 4-feet along the line that runs perpendicular to that line and make a mark. Measure between the 3-foot and 4-foot marks. adjust the line until the marks are exactly 5-feet apart.
  • Mark fence post locations based on fence panel dimensions using spray paint. Use a fence post that’s no more than 10-feet high.
  • When laying out posts for the chain link fence gates, leave an extra 3 3/4-inches between the posts. This will make room for the hinges and latch. Refer to manufacturer’s instructions for specific measurements.