Chain Link Fence

Chain link fencing is affordable, durable and it is truly maintenance free. It comes in both galvanized and colored. You can also add slats for privacy. But it can also be one of the toughest types of fencing to install for the DIY. There are a lot of parts and pieces that make up a chain link fence. Do yourself a favor and take the time to get to know the components of a chain link fence before you attempt to install one. You can hover over any picture for a closer view. Then use the material calculator to get a list of all the items that you will need to build your fence. And of course you can always let us part out your fence for free.


Chainlink fabric
Chainlink fabric
Chain link fabric is the actual fence material. It often goes by the trade name of "cyclone" fencing. Our fence fabric is 11 guage with a 2" diamond and is heavily galvanized. The box stores sell a thin chain link fabric with a bigger opening that has very little galvanization. If you are going to the trouble of installing a chain link fence we recommend that you use high quality materials that will last.
Fence post
Fence post
Fence posts come in two varieties. Terminal posts include end,corner and bare posts. Line posts are installed in-between the terminal posts. For 4 and 5 foot fences the terminals can be 1 7/8" or 2 3/8" and the line posts are 1 5/8". For a 6' fence use 2 3/8" for the terminals and 1 7/8" for the line posts.
Top rail
Top rail
Top rail extends across the top of the fence. It goes from one rail end, through the eye-tops and ends at another rail end. It is used to hold the fence fabric up. It comes in lengths of 10' 6" and 21 feet. Top rail comes with a swedged end so that one piece will fit into another.
Post cap
Post cap
Fence caps are installed on top of the terminal posts. They are used to keep water out and for aesthetics.
Eye-top
Eye-top
Eye-tops, also known as loop caps, are installed on top of the line posts to hold the top rail.
Tension bar
Tension bar
Tension bars are used to hold the fence fabric next to a terminal post. The tension bar will weave in through the diamonds of the fence fabric. They are held tight to the terminal posts with tension bands.
Tension band
Tension band
Tension bands are used to attach the tension bars to the terminal post. Use one less tension band than the height of the fence. For example: a 5' tension bar would require 4 tension bands. Residential tension bands require a 5/16" x 1 1/4" nut and bolt.
Rail end
Rail end
Rail ends go on the ends of the top rail where it meets a terminal post. They are attached to the terminal posts with brace bands.
Brace band
Brace band
Brace bands (also known as rail-end bands) are used to attach the rail- ends to the terminal post. They are also used to attach a bottom tension wire if needed. Residential brace bands require a 5/16" x 1 1/4" nut and bolt.
Post hinge
Post hinge
Post hinges attach to the gate post and have pins that will allow the frame hinges to swivel. Post hinges use a 3/8" nut and bolt. The length will be determined by the size of the post hinge.
Frame hinge
Frame hinge
Frame hinges attach to the gate frame itself and will swivel on the pins of the post hinges. Frame hinges use a 3/8" nut and bolt. The length will be determined by the size of the post hinge.
Fork latche
Fork latche
Gate latches are attached to the gate frame and are used to secure the gate to a terminal post. Most common is a fork latch but buttefly latches are also used.
Fence ties
Fence ties
Fence ties are used to attach the fence fabric to the top rail and to the line posts.

Fence Calculator

With our calculator it is easy to determine what you will need for your fencing project. Make a quick sketch of the fence line. Measure and record the distances between each terminal post. Using the calculator select the height of the fence. Enter the quantity of each type of terminal post. (The number of line posts needed will be calculated for you.) Line posts are calculated to be on 10' centers or less. Enter the lengths for each fence section. The calculator can handle up to 12 different fence sections.

The example fence below would have: 6 end posts, 4 corner posts, 1 bare post and fence sections of 10, 52, 32, 44, 52, 8 and 4 feet. We can make the gates for you. If you prefer to make your own gates please contact us and we will get you a list of what you will need. You can also send your sketch to us and we will part out your entire fence for you.

The accuracy of the calculator is not guaranteed. It is intended only as a tool to help you part out your fence.

Yard Drawing

Chainlink Fence Calculator

Height of fence: 4 5 6

End Post Corner Post Bare Post

Fence Sections (in feet):

1 2 3 4

5 6 7 8

9 10 11 12

Single Gates Double Gates

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Chainlink Fence Installation Instructions


All fence posts should be set in concrete or foam. If you are using concrete be certain that the hole depth goes below the frost line for your area. The frost-line can vary from 0" to over five feet deep. If the concrete does not go below this point the post can be shoved up when the frost comes out of the ground in the spring. If you are using structural foam there is no need to go below the frost-line as foam is not affected by the spring thaw like concrete is. In either case be sure that your post is plumb and square. Let the concrete set up for at least three days. The foam will be ready in about an hour.

1. Set the terminal posts at the full height of the fence. Install the caps.

2. Set the line posts 3 inches lower than the terminal posts. Install the eyetops.

3. Feed the top rail through the eyetops and connect it to the terminal posts with rail ends and brace bands.

4. Attach the fence fabric to one terminal post with a tension bar and tension bands.

5. Lay the fabric along the fence line.

6. Loosely attach the fabric to the top rail with ties.

7. Stretch the fabric to the next terminal post.

8. Attach the fabric to the post with a tension bar and tension bands.

9. Tie off the fence along the top rail and at the line posts.

10. Using brace bands and hog rings install a ground wire along the bottom if desired.

Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 8:00AM - 4:30PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Frontier Fence
212 Moore Lane
Billings, Montana 59101
406-259-6511