How to Fix Holes in a Chain Link Fence

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Things You'll Need

  • Rope

  • Tape measure

  • Marker

  • Wire cutters

  • Chain link fence roll

  • Aluminum tie wires

  • Pliers

Chain link is a common material used to erect fencing because of its durability and relatively low cost compared to other fencing materials. Most chain link is comprised of corrosion-resistant metal. However, some varieties have a thick coating on the outside in various colors, such as green and brown. If you have a hole in a chain link fence, you can repair it by patching only the damaged section instead of replacing the entire fence.

Step 1

Tie a piece of rope to the fence 1 foot from the top and 4 to 5 inches to the left of the hole. Pull the rope horizontally along the fence until you are 4 to 5 inches on the opposite side of the hole. Make sure the rope is taunt and tie it to the fence. Repeat the process at the bottom of the fence for additional support.

Step 2

Place a tape measure at the top edge of the fence on one side of the hole and stretch it downward to the ground. Have another person draw a line down the edge of the tape measure using a marker. Repeat the process on the opposite side of the hole. These lines will allow you to cut the fence straight.

Step 3

Cut the chain link fence using wire cutters all the way down each line. When you are done, remove the damaged chain link fence section and discard it.

Step 4

Unroll the new chain link fence and use a tape measure and the wire cutters to cut a replacement piece that matches the area you cut out.

Step 5

Ask another person to hold the end of the new chain link section up to the left edge of the old fence. Wrap aluminum tie wires around the two pieces to connect them using pliers to twist the ends of the ties together. Start at the very top rung of the fence and space additional tie wire every 6 to 12 inches till you reach the ground.

Step 6

Repeat the process to attach the two pieces of fence on the right side.

Step 7

Untie the ropes from the fence.


If you can find a seam, where the fence is connected to another section by metal ties, then simply remove the entire section by unwrapping the ties instead of using the wire cutters.


Kimberly Johnson

Kimberly Johnson is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in various online publications including eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began writing professionally in 2001.