Chain Link Fence Checklist
By Tim Carter
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Chain link fences are strong and long lasting
if installed correctly. The Chain Link Fence
Manufacturers Institute has published a twenty-point
fence checklist for before, during and after
your chain link fence is being installed.
Chain Link Fence Checklist
The following list is courtesy of the Chain
Link Fence Manufacturers Institute. As you might
imagine, they want their products installed
correctly. They want you to be satisfied with
your new chain link fence. The satisfaction
process starts with buying the right fence in
the first place. Always be sure you upgrade
to thicker posts and stiffer chain link fabric.
The samples may seem strong, but the finished
product can be flimsy. Here are things that
you should check before, during and after the
fence is being installed:
1. Have the fence lines been properly marked?
2. Do the fence lines extend beyond the property
lines? The fence should be 4 to 6 inches inside
3. Have all zoning regulations and restrictive
covenants been satisfied?
4. Does the contractor have a valid permit that
allows the fence to be constructed?
Have all underground utilities been marked?
If utilities are close to any fence posts, what
will be done to protect underground lines?
What is the diameter of the fence post holes?
Will the holes be a uniform width from top to
bottom? V shaped holes that are smaller at the
bottom than at the top can heave in cold winter
Are the post holes as deep as the contract states
they will be?
Do the fence posts extend down into the holes
as far as the contract states they will extend?
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How far apart are the fence posts? Do they exceed
the distance set forth in the contract or specifications.
Are the posts spaced equally?
Are the fence posts the same height? Fences
should follow the contour of the ground. They
should only be level if the ground is level.
Is the chain fabric the type and size that was
Is the fabric stretched tightly?
Does the fence look crisp? Is it straight and
Do the gates operate smoothly?
Has all construction debris and extra soil been
removed from the jobsite?
Has the contractor provided you with a notarized
affidavit stating that all labor and materials
are paid up to date?
Are you satisfied completely, have all questions
been answered, AND most importantly do you have
a copy of the WRITTEN warranty from the fence
manufacturer and the installer?
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