Chain Link Fence....top Rail....braces?

 
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Old 01-06-2010, 08:10 PM   #1
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Chain Link Fence....top Rail....braces?


I didnt know if alot of people in here did chain link or not but figured i'd ask. I'm just startin to do commercial chain link fences. Question is: In residential we dont use braces on chain link because of the top rail acts like a brace and there usually pretty small runs, Well i just got awarded this job and the runs are only 100' long so will the top rail be sufficient or do i need braces? It was bid with them but i figure if it'll be fine with out then why bother, im also using 2 3/8 as line posts so its beefy already. Any thoughts?
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Re: Chain Link Fence....top Rail....braces?


How tall is the fence? ASTM standards state that terminal post bracing is not required on fabric 6' or less where top rail is specified. Bracing is required on fabric over 6', and over 12' requires a center rail. All fence without top rail regardless of height requires braces on all terminals.

Braces consist of a diagonal truss rod and middle rail or rail 2/3 from grade if no top rail.

If you aren't already an AFA member I would recommend joining your local chapter. It is a great opportunity to meet other professionals in our industry and learn new methods and techniques.

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oh ok cool thats kinda along the lines I was thinking as far as strength. I've always wondered about that AFA and thought about joining but just unsure, Are you a member? and if so About how much was it to join and benefits? Also I heard they do training and stuff along that nature...?

Thanks agian for the info, good to hear from a fence guy.
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oh and the fence is 6' tall with no barb topper.
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commercial? Yes, use braces.
Residential? No
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Thats kinda what I was thinking, just bid a state fence where there was no top rail just 7 Ga wire. On another subject have you ever done Enclosed Chain Link Fence? Like the kind they do on bridges where its like walking thru a tunnel.
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Yes we are AFA members. It is $500/year plus any local dues. They have several training courses that range from a couple days to a week or so that are very good but a bit on the expensive side.
Our local chapter meets once a month or every other month. Companies take turns hosting events that usually have some type of fun activity (ATV ride, trap shooting, boat tour etc.) , lots of networking with other professionals, industry specific training, and community projects.
They also has lots of resources for members online like shop drawings, manuals, OSHA compliance, buyer's guides, etc.
I am going to FENCETECH/DECKTECH again this year. Last year we found a new gate operator supplier that offers the same product with better service and lower costs. We also picked up a few new product lines and they have training seminars that are very industry focused on several areas of the business.

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