Many homeowners initially choose to install a chain link fence around their property due to the affordable nature of this type of fencing. However, it doesn't take long to figure out that chain link fencing has very little to offer outside of basic functions, such as preventing the dog from leaving the yard. Consequently, many homeowners will find themselves wishing they could upgrade to a fence that offers more in the way of curb appeal and privacy. If you too share in this hope, you will be glad to know that there is a way to upgrade without the need to tear down your existing fence. Below you will learn how you can upgrade your existing chain link fence using wood fencing panels.
What You Will Need
- Metal fencing brackets
- Cordless drill
- Screws (both 1" and 1.5")
- Circular saw
- 2x4 boards
- Fencing panels (the total number of panels required will depend upon the size of your yard)
- An extra pair of hands
Step 1: Attach 2x4's To Chain Link Fence
This part of the job will require two sets of hands, so before you begin, be sure to grab a family member, friend, or neighbor to help you out. Begin by attaching a metal bracket to one of your chain link fence posts a few inches off the ground. Until the 2x4's have been put in place, these brackets will not be stable so ask a friend to hold the bracket in place while you put the board in place.
Next, lay a 2x4 flat across the bracket so that it is extending horizontally between two fence posts. To keep the bracket and 2x4 in place, simply use your drill to place a 1" screw through each of the holes in the bracket and into the 2x4. With all of these screws tightened properly, both the bracket and the wood board should be stable on their own. Repeat this step at the top of the fence post so that you will have a horizontal post at both the top and bottom of the chain link fence.
Continue repeating this step for each fence post until you have installed horizontal posts on each section of chain link fence.
Step 2: Attach Vertical Panels
By the time you make it to this step, the hard work will be done and all you will have left to do is to attach your wood fence panels to the horizontal posts you have already put in place. This should be done using 1.5" screws placed through the panel into both the top and bottom vertical posts.
When you get to the corner of your fence, you may find that your wood panel does not fit the remaining space. In this situation, you will be required to cut the panel down to size using a circular saw.
For more information, or if you would like professional assistance, contact Holman Fence LLC or a similar company.