When selecting the type of fence for your particular needs you must evaluate many factors, the first and foremost of which is the actual purpose of the fence. This will guide you in determining how strong the fence must be, how tall you should build it and where you will place it. Other considerations include cost, aesthetics and zoning laws. For many fencing needs, a cyclone fence is the best choice.
Cyclone fencing, also known as hurricane or chain link fence, is popular for many reasons. Its name comes from the fact that it is able to withstand the strong winds of damaging storms that often topple other types of fencing. It is economical to install as well as durable. It is frequently used to safely enclose pool areas, playgrounds and schoolyards, but it is also commonly erected around construction areas and even private yards. While often installed by professionals, with a little bit of knowledge and the proper tools you can learn to build a cyclone fence yourself.
Once you have determined the size of the area you wish to enclose, you can calculate how many posts you need. Set your line posts 8 to 10 feet apart. Make sure your corner and gate posts are heavy enough to withstand the pressure of the stretched fencing without bending. The sales associates at your fencing supply store should be able to help you choose the posts you need. Before you start digging, contact local utility companies to locate underground wires and pipes so you don't cause a mess or create a safety hazard.
When building a cyclone fence, you will need to anchor the posts in cement, so use a plumb line or a level to ensure that they are straight before the cement dries. Once the cement is set you can cut the posts to the proper height, which is often easier than placing them all the exact same depth into the ground as you set them. After the cement holding the posts is dry, use a stretching device such as a come-along or other ratcheting tool to keep the wire tight as you attach it to the posts. If you wish, you can place a rail along the top of the fence and attach the top wire to it to keep it from sagging. Finally, if you are building your cyclone fence in order to keep pets in your yard, you should run a wire through the fence at the bottom to prevent them from pushing their way out.
You don't have to be a professional to learn how to build a cyclone fence. With the right parts and tools, your fence will be up in no time.