Build a chain link fence
Chain link fences can be coated in colored vinyl or polyester to help them blend into the landscape. (Fence Center / August 11, 2014)
A fence contractor charges $1,236 to build a good-quality 4-foot high, 100-foot long chain link fence with posts spaced at 7-foot intervals. That includes the labor and material. You can buy the fence materials, cement and a come-along, a specialty tool that stretches the mesh on its frame, at a home or yard center for $690 and build the fence. You'll save 44 percent by doing it yourself.
The job involves laying out the fence, digging postholes, pouring and mixing concrete, setting the posts and rails and stretching the mesh across the frame. You need a tape measure, carpenter's level, pliers, wrench, pipe cutter or circular saw (with metal cutting blade), shovel, hoe, wheelbarrow, and string and stakes.
Before you begin any fencing project, check the survey of your property to know exactly where your property lines begin and end. Also check to learn about requirements such as a height restriction or depth of post holes that are specified by local zoning laws or subdivision covenants.
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Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved
$1,236 -- $690 -- 21.7 -- 27.5 -- $546 -- 44 Percent
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