How to Estimate Chain Link Fence Materials

Estimating chain link fence materials makes it easy to calculate the cost of your entire project.
Estimate chain link fence materials to calculate the cost of the project.Estimate chain link fence materials to calculate the cost of the project.
It helps you prepare a budget, provides a target for savings and serves as a baseline shopping list for the materials needed for the project. A detailed map of the planned fence area is needed to provide a rough estimate of the necessary materials, as well as an understanding of the components of a chain link fence system.

Step 1

Place a stake at each end and each corner of the planned fence area. Measure the perimeter of the planned fence area and record the measurements on graph paper. Use one block for each foot of fence line.

Step 2

Mark the location for the corner and gate posts on graph paper. Count the number needed for the project. These are called terminal posts and are both taller and thicker in diameter than line posts.

Step 3

Each terminal post requires a brace band, an end cap and a dome. Each terminal post also requires a tension bar. Add an additional tension bar during the process of stretching the fence. Each terminal post also requires three tension bands.

Step 4

Calculate the number of bags of concrete you need to set the terminal posts. You will need ½ bag of concrete for each terminal post.

Step 5

Count the number of feet around the perimeter of the entire fenced area. This is the number of feet of fencing and top rail. Add at least 10 feet for the amount of 12-gauge tension wire required for the chain link fence so there is plenty left to tie off the tension wire on each terminal post.

Step 6

Calculate the number of line posts by counting the number of feet between terminal posts. Divide the number of feet between terminal posts by 10. Use the whole number of the result as the number of line posts required. For example, if the distance between terminal posts is 84 feet, divide 84 by 10. The result is 8.4. The number of line posts required for this section is 8. Each line post requires an offset line post cap.

Step 7

Calculate the number of aluminum tie wires by counting the number of feet of top rail and divide the result by two. Count the number of line posts and multiply by three. Add these two numbers together, since three aluminum tie wires will be attached to each line post and aluminum tie wires should be placed every two feet along the top rail.

Step 8

Divide the length of the top rail by two for the number of hog rings needed to attach the fencing to the tension wire.

Things You Will Need

  • Graph paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Tape measure
  • Stakes

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