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Best Type of Fence What is the best type of chainlink fence for my backyard?
We recommend a minimum of a 4' high, 2" by 9 gauge (2x9x48) vinyl chainlink mesh with galvanized posts. You can also opt for a 1 1/2" x 11 or 9 gauge mesh size. This will provide a secure fence at a reasonable cost.  You can also use a 2" x 11 gauge galvanized chainlink mesh.

There are lighter gauges and larger mesh sizes available, (2" x 11 gauge vinyl or 2 1/8" mesh sizes) but we do not recommend them.

More information on residential fencing

Swimming Pools I have a swimming pool in my backyard. What type of fence do I need?

Local codes for swimming pool fences may vary between municipalities. You should check with your local building permit office for details. However, in most cases, the code calls for a minimum of a 4' high fence with 1 1/2" x 11 gauge chainlink mesh. In some cases you may need a higher fence and/or all posts in cement. You will also probably be required to install a self-closing gate. Check with your local bylaw office.

Toronto Municipal Code for Residential Fences

Underground Utilities I want to install my own fence. What should I do about underground utilities?
You will need to contact the various utility companies for an underground locate. They will indicate by stakes, paint and/or drawings where the various cables, gas lines, etc. are located.

In Ontario, there is a central phone number for Ontario1Call that acts as a utility notification service for all the utility companies that are members. This is a free service.

Call : 1-800-400-2255
Website: www.on1call.com

Tools Required What type of tools do I need to install a chainlink fence?
  • Post hole digger - either a power auger or hand digger
  • Fence stretchers
  • Line post driver
  • Pliers
  • 1/2" wrench or socket for bolts
  • An adjustable wrench or offset pliers for gate hardware
  • Shovel and wheelbarrow for mixing concrete
  • Nylon cord and stakes to mark the fence line

You will also need to purchase sand, gravel and cement for the end, corner and gate posts. You can purchase premixed concrete in 80lb bags to make the task easier.

We can supply you with installation instructions.

Cementing Posts Do I need to cement all my fence posts?
No. You can drive the line posts in the ground. You should cement your end, corner and gate posts for proper anchoring. In some cases, you may desire to cement the line posts, especially where the ground is sandy, making it difficult for the posts to anchor solid in the ground,  or where the ground is very hard, making to difficult to drive the posts. You may also be required by local code to cement all posts.

Note that if you are installing an industrial style of fence, all posts must be in concrete.

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