Chain link fencing is a popular option for containing dogs. This type of fencing is sturdy and requires very little maintenance. However, there are a few important things to consider before installing a chain link fence around your backyard so you don't run into problems at some point. Here are a few problems that can happen if the installation is not done correctly, along with tips on how to solve them.
Avoid getting concrete burn when securing the posts
The posts for the fence need to be secured into the ground. The best way to do this is by placing the pole ends into holes in the ground and filling the holes with gravel and concrete. One serious problem that can happen when do-it-yourself homeowners take on any concrete project is a chemical burn on their skin or eyes. Many people don't realize how dangerous it is when concrete touches your skin and/or eyes. In fact, a concrete burn can lead to the need for amputation in severe cases.
If you decide to install chain link fencing yourself, protect your skin and eyes by wearing protective gear such as thick rubber boots and gloves, long sleeved shirts and long pants, and goggles over your eyes. Be sure that you have an adequate supply of fresh water and pH neutral soap readily available to wash concrete away as quickly as possible.
If concrete does contact your skin, wrap sterile gauze around the affected area after rinsing away the concrete. If you notice damage to the skin, such as redness, tenderness, or blistering, go immediately to the nearest urgent care clinic or emergency room. The medical staff will be able to neutralize the caustic substance that may be trapped in your skin.
It's important to deal with the concrete burn immediately, even though doing so will take attention away from the fence installation during the most crucial time of the project—while the concrete is curing. You can stabilize the posts as best as you can, but only do so after you've removed the concrete from your skin or eyes. Alternatively, hire a fencing installation service to finish up the job for you if you've already started the project but cannot finish it due to injuries.
Make one section removable and large enough for a vehicle to go through
Since the posts will be secured firmly into the ground with concrete, it will be difficult to remove the fencing in the future. Since you're likely installing the fencing to be permanent, you may not have considered how difficult it would be to remove the fencing. However, at some point you may want or need a vehicle in your backyard. Perhaps your roofing needs repaired and the contractor needs to park his vehicle in the backyard, or your well becomes contaminated and you need a well driller to dig a new well.
One way to solve this problem proactively is by making several of the spans of chain link fencing removable. These removable sections, of course, should be wide enough for a vehicle to drive through. These sections can either be lifted up and off of the posts or swung open similar to how a gate opens.
The key thing here to consider is the weight of those sections if they are swung open. The opposite end from the hinge will need to have support so the force of the weight won't cause the pole to lean over. When dealing with installation issues such as this, it's a good idea to hire a professional chain link fencing installation service, such as Nickelston Fence Inc, so you will know it's done correctly.