Backyard Front Yard: Transforming Your Chainlink Fence


[ Photo: Good neighbor gate between the yards ]

This is pretty cool. We got our first neighborhood DIY project in from the neighbors. Spring is right around the corner if you want to get this in before you start planting your garden. Thanks for sending this in Jason!

“If your house is like ours, the chainlink fence goes right along with the aluminum siding and the interior wood paneling. Your fence may be a good place to start for an upgrade. You might consider rehabbing your galvanized chain link fence with cedar for a more decorative look.

You can reuse your fence posts and convert the fencing to cedar pretty easily using some post clamps and lumber. It is great to reuse the metal fence posts because they won’t rot and are probably nicely settled with concrete bases.  If you are interested in moving from chainlink to a wood fence, here are some things to consider.

Do less fencing:  Talk with your neighbor and consider not fencing along dead spaces along garages or outbuildings.

Low is good:  Replace a four foot fence with a four foot fence.  Good neighbors deserve good fences and you can always “build up” any privacy areas you need near decks, sunning areas, hot tubs, whatever.

Good neighbor gate:  You might consider putting in a gate where the fence would run up against a neighbor’s outbuilding or at a corner.  A nice private gate on the inside of your yards can be a big convenience for your backyard summer BBQ parties.

Go Cedar:  If you are considering wood instead of chainlink, use good cedar pickets and cross members.  Home Depot generally has dog eared pickets /–\, Menards does arrow top pickets /\.  Choose a picket style that matches the other fencing in your part of the neighborhood.

Measure your posts:  Corner posts may be larger than interior posts.  Make a note when ordering post clamps.

A typical Edgewater Glen fence that is about 85 feet comes to about $6.50 / linear ft. A fence this long takes a day or two depending on if your neighbors want to help out.

Day 1, teardown of old chainlink and removal of weed and shrubs grown into fence

Day 2, buildup of new fence

210 Pickets: $1.01 each / $212.10
20 Rails: $9.70 each / $194.00
20 Clamps: $2.78 each / $55.60
7 lbs Screws: $50.00

Painting the fence will take another day, and add about $1.50 / linear ft, depending on paint choice. A paint sprayer can really speed up this paint process” – Jason (Edgewater Glen Neighbor)

2 Comments on “Backyard Front Yard: Transforming Your Chainlink Fence

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  2. My wife and I purchased our home a few years ago. We have an old chain link fence that gives us a great view of the woods, but it doesn’t look great. We love having a fence, but we want something that would still allow us a nice view. We’ve been looking into installing an aluminum fence. I like your point about making sure your measurements are correct, especially the corners.


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