A damaged chain link fence rail can easily be repaired by cutting out the bad section and sliding in a new piece. Learn how from our fence experts.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:July/August 2013
Slide the new rail down so the crimped end is located over a straight
section of the damaged rail. Then mark the cutting line.
Start at an existing rail joint, then cut the replacement section to length.
When a tree limb falls on your property, you
can bet it's going to damage something. And if
that “something” happens to be a chain link
fence, consider yourself lucky, because fixing a
chain link fence is an easy DIY repair. The
pros would charge about $150 plus materials
for the repair shown here. But you can do it
yourself for about $60, including tool rental.
We asked our friends at Premier Fence in St.
Paul, MN, to evaluate the damage on this
fence and walk us through the repair. Here's
how to proceed.
Get a new section of top rail and some
wire ties from a home center or fence
supplier. The top rail should have one
open end and one crimped end. Grab a
hacksaw, file and pliers—and a helper.
Start by removing the wire ties that
hold the fence fabric to the top rail. Then
rest the new rail on top of the damaged
rail and have your helper hold it in place
while you mark a cutting line on the old
rail. Then mark a cut on the opposite end of the new rail where it meets a joint.
Cut the damaged rail at the cutting line
(Figure A), slide it off the joint and toss it.
Then cut the excess off the top rail to
mate with the existing joint. Create some
maneuvering room by unbolting the top
rail from the corner post and sliding it
away from the damaged area. Install the
larger end of the new rail onto the
crimped end of the old rail. Then make
the final connection. Reconnect the rail
end cap to the corner post.
Chris and Wayne work for Premier
Fence in St. Paul, MN. Between the
two of them, they have more than
27 years of experience installing
and repairing wood, aluminum, iron,
chain link and vinyl fencing.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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