How to Remove a Chain Link Fence
A chain link fence can serve as a functional and cost-effective addition to any outdoor space by providing safety and privacy for your property. However, there may come a time when you need to remove the fence, either because it is damaged, or you’d like to install a different type of fence. In this article, we will discuss the necessary steps and tools required to remove a chain-link fence efficiently and safely.
Step 1: Gather Your Tools and Safety Gear
Before beginning the removal process, you will need the following tools:
– Protective eyewear
– Bolt cutter or wire cutter
– Fence pliers
– Shovel or digging bar
– Sledgehammer (optional)
– A helping hand (optional but recommended)
Step 2: Disconnect The Gate
Start by removing the gate from its hinges with the help of a wrench. This process should be fairly simple. Make sure to set aside all hardware for future use or recycling.
Step 3: Cut Off The Tension Bands Holding The Fencing Fabric
Next, locate the tension bands around each fence post that secure the fencing fabric. Using your bolt or wire cutter, carefully cut these bands off while wearing your protective gloves and eyewear. Take care not to damage the fabric if you’re planning to reuse it.
Step 4: Roll Up The Fencing Fabric
Now that the tension bands are removed, gently lift the fencing fabric away from each post until it detaches entirely. With assistance from somebody else (if available), start rolling up the fencing fabric neatly so that it can be disposed of, stored or reused.
Step 5: Remove Fence Posts With Top Rails Attached
To remove posts with top rails connected, start by loosening and removing the nuts and bolts that attach the rails to each post while wearing gloves and protective eyewear. Once detached, separate any connectors and set them aside for recycling or future use.
Step 6: Remove The Posts
Using a shovel or digging bar, dig around the base of each fence post until you expose enough concrete to break it apart (if applicable). This can be done using a sledgehammer or by wiggling the post back and forth to loosen the soil and concrete gradually. Once loose enough, lift the post and concrete footing out of the ground. Repeat this process for all fence posts.
Step 7: Fill In The Holes Left Behind
After all posts have been removed, fill in each hole left behind with soil. Ensure that you evenly spread out the soil and tamp it down to avoid creating dips in your yard.
Removing a chain link fence might seem like a daunting task, but with the right tools and a step-by-step approach, it can be accomplished efficiently. Remember to prioritize safety during the process, and if necessary, enlist the help of another person to ensure that the removal goes smoothly. Finally, always remember to recycle or repurpose any materials you can to minimize waste and support environmental sustainability.