4 Quick Steps on How to Remove Chain Link Fence Safely All by Yourself

Chain link fence is commonly chosen when you want to prevent unwanted intruders to come to your outdoor space or to keep the pets and kids inside your property. It’s typically made of metal which can withstand the weather conditions very well.

Besides its quite reliable ability to provide border, the chain link fence is also known for its affordability. You don’t have to spend a lot of purchase a chain link fence to protect your garden. It’s also quite versatile in which you can choose the variety of designs of chain link fencing to suit our needs.

But, the minus point of a chain link fence is that it doesn’t really give an aesthetic appeal to the overall look of your outdoor living space. Yes, you can find the colored chain link fences or adding some slats and greeneries to give a more attractive touch, but the other types of fencing – like vinyl and wrought iron – can do a much better job in beautifying the house.

If you are planning on replacing your chain link fence with a more decorative type of fence, of course, you have to remove it. Fortunately, you can remove a chain link fence all by yourself without spending your money to hire a pro. But, you have to know the right methods so you can remove a chain link fence in a safe and convenient way.

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The tutorial on how to remove chain link fence below will guide you to finish the job correctly.

How to Remove Chain Link Fence Tutorial

As mentioned above, you need to be careful in removing a chain link fence since you’re going to deal with sharp tools and objects. Wear the necessary protective gear in finishing the job.

Cut the Wire

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Since the construction of chain link fence is mainly about the post and wire, you will need to separate the wire from the posts at first.

Prepare these tools:

  • Work gloves
  • Wire cutters (you may need to use bolt cutters depending on the types of the wire that you use for the fence)

Follow these steps:

  • Find the wire ties on the top rails and posts.
  • Cut the wire starting from one corner of the top rail to the end corner, then start cutting the wire of the posts.
  • Work this step horizontally along the fence and vertically along with the posts, so the wire panel can fall down easily.

Remove the Tension Bands and Bars

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The bands of the chain link fence work to secure the tension bars to the end of the fence panel and the end posts. You have to remove them before removing the wire.

Prepare these tools:

  • Wrench

Follow these steps:

  • Find the nuts on bands of the fence rail and unscrew them with a wrench.
  • Unscrew the tension bolts as well.
  • Remove the tensions bars by sliding them out of the fence.

Remove the Wire

After all the bands and tension bars are removed, you can continue removing the wire panel of the chain link fence.

  • You can either roll the wire directly when it’s still standing or lay it on the ground first then roll it.
  • Be careful in doing this step since the wire may have sharp edges that can harm you.

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Remove the Post

Removing the posts of the chain link fence may be the hardest past in which you need some elbow grease to finish it. Some help from a friend will make the job easier, for sure.

Prepare these tools:

  • Shovel
  • Sledgehammer (if necessary)

Follow these steps:

  • Dig the area around each post until you can spot the cement or concrete base of each post of the fence.
  • Let your friend rock the fence’s post as you dig the ground.
  • Pull the post and the concrete base out of the ground. If you find that the concrete base is hard to pull out, you can use a sledgehammer to break it.

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So those are the steps that you can follow when you want to remove the existing chain link fence in your outdoor space. You can do all the steps all by yourself in no time but you always have to be careful in finishing the job.

Well, have a nice try on removing your chain link fence!

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