Chain-link fences offer an affordable, low-maintenance option for securing residential, commercial, and industrial properties. Installing your chain-link fence inground increases security and stability even further. Follow this ultimate guide from the experts at All Site Rentals for steps to properly install sturdy, below-grade chain-link fencing.
Digging the Perimeter Trench
The first step in preparing for an inground chain-link fence installation is excavating a trench around the planned fence line perimeter. A trench depth of 6 to 12 inches for residential fences or up to 18 inches for commercial security fences provides excellent stability.
Use stakes and string lines to mark the planned fence boundary for straight trench digging. For sloped or tiered terrain, survey the property and use stakes to delineate the tier transition points.
The easiest residential trench digging method is renting a walk-behind trencher from All Site Rentals. Commercial projects may require a ride-on trencher or even a mini excavator for long spans or densely packed soil.
Set Sturdy Post Footings
Once trenching is complete, the buried fence posts can be positioned. Inground posts require deeper footings than above-ground installations to prevent upward movement after backfilling the trenches.
Based on fence height and soil type, concrete footings must extend well below the frost line to prevent shifting from ground freezes. Frost depth for most Texas regions is about 18 to 24 inches. All Site Rentals have concrete mixers available to augment your pours.
All Site Rentals also supplies rebar and commercial-grade post tensioners for added stability on inground chain-link projects spanning over 50 feet. Bracing end, corner, and gate posts is critical to prevent sagging.
Attaching Fence Fabrics and Accessories
P fence installation can begin once cured concrete sets the sturdy posts below ground level. Feed the tightly woven chain link fabric, which rolls through the posts to attach to vertical brace rails using metal bands. Use tension bands for a snug fit.
Accessorize your new fence by adding details like:
- Privacy slats inserted vertically in the diamond gaps
- Barbed wire spirals angled above for added security
- Matching gates complete with galvanized hinges
See All Site Rentals’ online catalog showing available chain-link accessories, including barbed wire, privacy mesh, gates, and more.
Backfill Trenches for a Secure Inground Barrier
The final step in completing an inground chain link installation is backfilling the perimeter trenches with compacted soil, gravel, or concrete. This finishes sinking fence posts underground for a more permanent barrier.
An electric tamper from All Site Rentals quickly settles backfill around posts by compacting the soil. This prevents later settling that could loosen fence posts over time.
Clean up any excess materials and debris, spray off muddy sections, and inspect for final adjustments. Your sturdy new inground chain-link fence is ready to provide lasting security and pet containment!
Installing chain-link perimeter fencing with the underground posts results in a highly secure barrier that will last for decades. While requiring more intensive installation, inground posts prevent detachment and deliver unparalleled strength against impact. For the best rental equipment and project advice, contact the pros at All Site Rentals today to get your custom ground fencing project underway!