How To Remove a Chain Link Fence

The old chain link fence needs to go the way of the dodo.The easy part is removing the fence fabric.Sometimes a truck or specialized equipment is used to remove the fence posts.If your fence is in good shape, you can try to get people to remove it.

Step 1: The fence material can be traded for free removal.

If the chain-link fence is in good shape, someone may be willing to remove it for free.You can save a lot of time if you can find someone in this position through word-of-mouth.Advertising free fence material is a great way to dispose of unwanted items without having to use a truck or pay a disposal fee.

Step 2: There is a space on the other side of the fence.

The goal is to have a flat place on the ground on one side of the fence to lay the fabric so it can be rolled up.It should be at least 2 feet wider than the fence fabric.If this space is not available, you can roll it up in smaller sections while it’s still attached to the fence, but you’ll still need at least 2 to 3 clear feet of space.Clear a path for a truck or a handcart to get to the fence.This is important for both convenience and safety, since the rolled up chain link is very heavy and difficult to work with.

Step 3: Garden plants should be protected nearby.

Tie up or trim nearby bushes and trees you want to preserve, or cover smaller desirable plants with an inverted bucket.There is no need to remove a tree if it has grown through the fence.You can cut the fence on the other side of the tree.

Step 4: Put on protective clothing.

Small pieces of metal flying can be caused by chain link removal.A long sleeve shirt and trousers are required.

Step 5: Start by using an end or corner post.

The post in this position is larger than the other posts.A thin, flat piece of metal called a tension bar is woven through the fence fabric and attached to the post.

Step 6: The fence fabric needs to be removed from the post.

The bolts and nuts are attached to the clamps.Remove the bolt with a wrench.The fence post has a clamps on it.The fence shouldn’t fall.

Step 7: The tension bar needs to be removed.

The metal bar should be removed from the chain link.Keep the ground clear by storing your hardware and metal bar in a safe place.

Step 8: To remove a section, measure it out.

You can see this if you don’t have a measuring tape.It’s important to choose a section that can easily be rolled up and handled in the space you have available.Use the guidelines to decide on a length, then mark the end of the first section with colored tape or a knot of colored string.If you have an assistant and are used to manual labor, you can remove the fence in 50 foot sections.If you’re not able to lift much, or if there are obstacles in the area, keep the sections no more than 20 feet (6 m) in length.Roll the fence vertically and cut it frequently if you’re in a narrow area with no ground space.

Step 9: The fence should be removed at a time from the marked section.

Fence ties attach the fence fabric to the rail and posts.Most fence ties can be bent back with ordinary heavy pliers or a vise grip, but you can purchase specialized “fence pliers” or “wire grippers” for this purpose.Before you remove more than a few fence ties, read the step below.Store the ties in a container so they don’t become a problem.The creation of sharp wire edges makes this method less than ideal.

Step 10: Roll the fence fabric as you go.

When you remove the fence ties, lay the chain fence fabric on the ground without rolling it up.If you don’t have the space to do this, you’ll have to use a more tedious method: loosen a few fence ties at a time.Attach the roll to the top rail with a bungee cord or piece of wire to keep it upright.It will be easier for you to handle the fencing if you take extra time and care to secure the roll with strong ties.The marked section is rolled up along the fence.

Step 11: When you get to the end of your marked section, break the fence.

When you get to the end of the section you’re removing, stop cutting fence ties.To remove the chain link from the rest of the fence, you need to find a wire just before the post and unbend the hook it makes over the next wire with your pliers.Straighten the hook.If you follow that piece of wire down to the bottom of the fence, it won’t hook over the next wire.Take the straightened wire at the top and twist it around to remove it from the fence.When the two fence sections are separated, the wire should move upward in a spiral.

Step 12: Tie the section that was removed.

Roll up the fence section you’ve laid on the ground and tie it securely with wire or rope to keep it from unraveling.Move it away from you.

Step 13: Continue until the fence fabric is removed.

Continue marking sections and removing the fence fabric.The metal rail and poles need to be removed after all the fabric is gone.

Step 14: The rail needs to be removed.

The metal bar running along the top of the fence needs to be worked on once the chain fence fabric is removed.If the rail is fastened to a cap at the top of a corner or end post, loosen the nut and remove the bolt.hollow 10 feet (3 m) lengths of pole are used to make the top rail.Take the lengths of rail apart at each attachment point once the end is detached.Some sections of top rail will not come apart easily.You may need to cut them apart if you can’t separate them by hand.You can do this with a variety of tools.Make sure the tool you use has a blade.If the rail is welded, you can cut it into manageable segments with a saw.Attach a metal-cutting blade that has at least 18 teeth per inch.

Step 15: Pull the post caps.

Store with the other hardware if you want to remove the remaining caps.

Step 16: To expose concrete, dig down.

The removal of chain link fence posts is a major operation.If the base is buried, use a shovel to dig down.Start with the middle posts.Larger concrete bases make it more difficult to remove end posts and corner posts.

Step 17: Take the ground around the fence post.

The base of the post should be soaked with water to loosen the dirt and concrete.

Step 18: The post and concrete need to be removed.

Push the fence post back and forth until the concrete base falls into the hole.This is the easiest way to remove the post, but it may not be feasible for large concrete bases or for fences that are installed over hard surfaces.You will have to dig around the entire base and post for the best results.

Step 19: Use heavy equipment to pull out the post.

It’s difficult to remove large fence posts by hand.Rent a post puller from a heavy equipment rental company to apply more force.Attach it to the post with a chain and push the lever to lift the pole.Attach the post to a vehicle with a chain.If you run the chain over a stable object, the post will be pulled vertically instead of sideways.Once the post is removed, clear the area of people.The farm jack can be used to remove posts.Wrap a length of chain around the fence post and secure the other end to the jack.The post needs to be jacked out of the ground.

Step 20: Try to loosen the fence post.

Attempt to loosen the post from the concrete if the methods above don’t work.A strong person can push and pull a fence post or hit it with a sledgehammer.Try gripping the post with a large pipe wrench or vise in order to get more Torque.Once the post moves, repeat the pulling step above to remove the metal post, then dig out or fill the concrete base.

Step 21: It is a last resort to cut the fence post.

You’ll end up with potentially dangerous, jagged metal bases, as this is not an ideal solution.If nothing can be done to change the fence post, this may be the last option.Attach a metal-cutting blade to an angle grinder or reciprocating saw.When sawing through metal, always.To make the area safe after the post is cut, crimp the metal edges or cover it with a planter.Use a hand sledge hammer to flatten out the rough edges.If you can, make a cut below the surface of the ground.The cut end of the post should be covered with soil once you have flattened it.

Step 22: Use a jackhammer to break up the concrete.

Get rid of the concrete after the fence post is removed.Carefully break up the outer edge of the concrete base by renting a small electric jackhammer from an equipment rental company.Once the cracks have made it to the fence post base, use a hammer and chisel to remove the concrete around it.You can use a sledgehammer to break up the concrete.Thick gloves, steel-toed boots, and eye protection are recommended.