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Having decided to fence in your yard, and realizing that hiring someone to do it will be over your budget you want to find out how hard it is. Like many other home-improvement projects it is not hard with the right tools, some patience and time.

Start by deciding how tall the fence you want is going to be. Most chain link fences are 6 ft tall, enough to keep a dog or small child in or out of an area. Are you going to put in privacy slats, or grow a vine around the fencing? Once you have decided how tall you will need to decide how big and area. Measure the area to be fenced and then go back and re-measure, if needed measure again. Don't forget to include a gate. You can purchase them ready-made, which is much easier than constructing your own, unless you need a gate that is other than one of the standard sizes.

Your local hardware or building supply store should be able to supply you with the needed materials.
* Fence poles -- one every 10 feet. Now count the corners, and if your fence will be starting or ending at a structure. Those posts will larger in diameter since they are the anchor posts.
* Brace bands for attaching the fence to the posts. Figure that you will need one for each two feet in height at each post (count the number of posts, and multiply by 1/2 the height of the fence), and twice that many for each corner.
* Carriage bolts for each brace band.
* Aluminum loop for the guardrail
* Guardrail to go along the entire upper edge.
* Post caps, for each end, and at each corner
* Tension bars -- two for each straight stretch of fence
* Tie wires-- one for each two feet of fencing
* Rail end cap-- two for each straight section of guardrail
* Concrete--one bag for each post including your end and corner posts
* Fencing fabric--linear foot measurement of your fence

You will need to dig holes for your fence posts, about two feet deep for a 6-foot fence. Using a string to keep them in line makes your job much easier. Place your post in the hole and back fill with one bag of concrete, use some to fill the post partially with concrete. This will make your fence much sturdier when you are done. Use a level to make sure your posts are vertical and brace if needed until concrete is set.

Your next step is to string the fencing after your concrete has cured at least 24 hours. Take one roll of fabric and push a tension bar in to the end set of loops. Attach the tension bar to an end post with the brace bands and carriage bolts Space them evenly from top to bottom, leaving about 1 foot at the top and 1 foot at the bottom open.

Insert another tension bar, but do not cut the fencing. Use a come-along to stretch the fencing fabric tight. Insert another tension bar at the point where the fence fabric meets the end post, and use brace bands and carriage bolts to attach it to the end post. Ease the tension off on the come-along and carefully untwist one strand next to the attached tension bar.

Repeat this process until all of your fencing has been done. You will be ready for the finishing steps. Cut all your posts off, about 4 inches above the fabric at the corners, and level with the fabric in between. Place a rail end cap on each end post and two at each corner. Place your aluminum loops on each in between post cut your guardrail to length and slip in to the end caps using the loop on the aluminum loops to guide your rail. Use your tie wires to attach the fabric to the guardrail, and the posts spaced every 10 feet.

You now have a sturdy attractive fence. If you want privacy slats in your fence now is the time to slip them in. Enjoy your completed fence, it will add to the beauty and value of your home.