Specifications   and   Recommendations
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Heavy Industrial recommended for heavily abused or Gov't inspected.  Twice the fence for less than twice the cost Commercial Grade or Intermediate will provide adequate security and strong enough to withstand normal abuse if activity occurs in area of fence, this style is recommended. Residential U light commercial will provide adequate security when used as boundary or protective barrier.  Largest Seller.
Chain Link Fence Fabric
9 gauge x 2" mesh 9 gauge x 2" mesh or 11 gauge x 2" mesh 11 1/2 gauge x 2 1/4 mesh 11 gauge 7' & higher
Top Rail
1 5/8-2.27 lbs per ft. 1 5/8"-1.73 lbs. per ft. 1 3/8"-.92 lbs. per ft.
3' through 12' high 3' through 12' high 3' through 6' high
braces 10' & 12' high 1 5/8"-7' through 12' 1.11 lbs. per ft.
Line Posts
1 7/8"-2.72 lbs. per ft. 1 7/8"-2.20 lbs. per ft. 1 5/8"-1.11lbs. per ft.
3" through 6' high 3' through 8' high 3' through 5' high
2 3/8"-3.65 lbs. per ft. 2 3/8"-2.78 lbs. per ft. 1 7/8-1.274 lbs. per ft.
7' through 12' high 10' through 12' high 6' through 8' high
2 7/8"-1.95 lbs. per ft.
10' through 12' high
Terminal Posts
2 3/8"-3.65 lbs. per ft. 2 3/8"-2.78 lbs. per ft. 2 3/8"-1.75 lbs. per ft.
3' through 6' high 3' through 6' high 3' through 8' high
2 7/8"-5.79 lbs. per ft. 2 7/8"-3.90 lbs. per ft. 2 7/8"-1.95 lbs. per ft.
7' through 12' high 7' through 12' high 10' through 12' high
Bottom Wire
7 gauge coil 9 gauge 9 gauge
Gate Posts
2 7/8" -5.79 lbs. per ft. 2 3/8-2.78 lbs. per ft. 2 3/8-2.78 lbs. per ft.
single gate leaves 6' and less-4"-9.11 lbs. 13' and less-6 5/8"-18.97 lbs. 18' and less - 8 5/8"-24.70 lbs. 18' and over (all slide gates 2 7/8"-5.79 lbs. per ft.). 6' and less-2 7/8"-3.90 lbs. 12' and less 4"-9.11 lbs. 18' and less 6/58"-18.98 lbs. 18' and over (all slide gates 2/38"-2.78 lbs. per ft.). 6' and less-2 7/8"-3.90 lbs. 12' and less 4"-9.11 lbs. 18' and less 6/58"-18.98 lbs. 18' and over (all slide gates 2/38"-1.604 lbs. per ft.).
Gate Frames
All gates 1 7/8"-2.72 lbs. per ft.   Bracing 1 5/8"-2.27 lbs. per ft. 1 5/8"-1.73 lbs. per ft.  All gates to 20' over 20' 1 7/8" frame 2/20 lbs. per ft. 1 3/8"-.92 lbs. per ft.  Swing gates 20' wide and under 6' high.  7' high and over 20'-wide 1 5/8"-1.11 lbs. per ft. over 24'-1 7/8"-1.274 lbs. per ft.
Normal Hole Sizes-Specify

(could vary depending on conditions)


Line posts for 5' high and less 8" x 30" over  5' high 8" x 36" all other footings 12" x 36" Line posts for 6' high and less 7" x 30" over 6' high 8" x 36" all others 10" x 36" gate posts 12" x 36" Line posts to 6' high  6" x 20" terminals 6" x 24" 7' and higher line posts 24" terminal posts 30" gate posts 10" x 30"
Mallable or pressed steel galvanized Pressed steel galvanized Aluminum die cast and pressed steel galvanized.


Quality Info

If you're thinking about buying and installing a chain-link fence, you've made a wise decision. chain-link is an attractive, versatile, creative fence that will give you years of privacy, protection and value.
As with any investment, you have to do your homework.  Chain-link fencing comes in many ranges of  quality, color and size.  It is important for a homeowner to understand the wide range of chain-link fencing products currently available.   By taking a look at the information below, you will learn how to get the most value for your money, and the right fence for your needs.
The Cahian Link Fence Manufactures Institute (CLFMI has provided this information as a service to help make well-informed decisions about your fencing investment.
Q:  Aren't all chain-link fences the same?
A:  No.  Chain-link is a component fence system, consisting primarily of three basic elements:  fabric, framework and fittings.  The critical issue is how these components are combined.  Chain-link is available in a wide range of weights (or gauges) and coatings.  the most common coating is zinc (galvanized) but chain-link is also available in other coatings such as aluminum or vinyl and polyester color coatings that enhance landscaping, blending naturally with trees, shrubs, and bushes.
Q:  But, don't all chain-link fences stand up to residential wear and tear?
A:  Not necessarily.  A light system may bend easily due to even the most common household occurrences, such as a person climbing or sitting on it, a heavy wind blowing debris against it, of a dog jumping against it.  Inferior coatings may allow the fence to rust prematurely.
Q:  Why would anyone sell such light fencing? 
A:  Manufactures (including CLFMI members) make products for a wide range of uses.  People buy light fencing because of its lower price, or because the simply don't understand that not all fencing is the same.  Sometimes products intended for use as a light temporary fence end up being permanently installed around someone's home.
Q:  Are there any quality tests?
A:  Yes, the CLFMI recently tested the strength of light gauge fences and learned that a 75 lb. dog and 100 lb. child could severely damage3 or even collapse the lightest-gauge fences.  In fact. the CLFMI conducted a study of recent fence buyers to better understand their expectations of their chain-link fence.  What they learned was that after they fully understood their options, 100% of  these buyers would have selected a heavier fence!
Q:  Don't local building codes ensure that I'll get a good quality fence?
A:  Building codes for chain-link fencing may not exist in your locale and may only address issues of location, height, or theoretical wind load requirements for strength.  Few codes actually define the material requirements for the fence of factor in the many variables relating to fencing for your home.
Q:  How do I know what to ask for before I invest in a fence? 
A:  You've made a great start by reading this information.  The strength specification matrix below gives you an idea of the wide range of quality available.  The CLFMI recommends that you purchase chain-link fencing that at least meets the minimum standards for residential fencing established by the American Society for Testing an Materials (ASTM).  ASTM is non-profit association that establishes standards for all kinds of materials including fencing.  Some installations may require exceeding the ASTM  minimum in areas of high winds, snow conditions or heavy use.  The dealer who provided you this brochure can also help answer your questions about the right products in your area.  Just ask Pilgrim Fence and we will gladly compare our proposal to the specifications matrix below.
Q:  Will a fence that meets ASTM minimum requirements cost more?
A:  Yes. Good quality materials and workmanship always cost more than sub-standard products.  A lower price may be attractive initially, but in a few years, major repairs or even total replacement make the better fence a less expensive option.   Chain-link fencing that meets ASTM minimum standards can be 55% stronger and cost only 10% more.  Labor, concrete and building permits cost the same regardless of the quality of the chosen material. see chart
Q:  Can I install this fence Myself? 
A:  Pilgrim Fence company can provide you with step-by-step installation booklets, or we can professionally install you fence for you.
Q:  Is my chain-link fence covered by a warranty?
A:  Some manufacturers do provide express warranties.  Read them carefully to understand the duration on the warranty and the specific components that are covered.
Q:  How do I select a Contractor?
A:  One of the components often overlooked is the skill and experience of the contractor.  Finding the right contractor requires research.   Ask prospective contractors for letters of recommendation, samples of their work, credentials and detailed material specifications.  Have them show you where their product(s) fall on the specifications matrix.  Does your contractor encourage questions, understand the variety of the products available to you, and give you a detailed account of the work required?  One resource to use in selecting your contractor is the American Fence association (AFA), a trade association of more than 1,000 members.  The AFA subscribes to a code of ethics that endorses good construction and business practices and has approved the recommendations included in brochure.
Q:  Who is the CLFMI?
A:  A non-profit association of businesses involved in the manufacturing of chain-link fence fabric, framework and accessories that work together to promote the use of chain-link fence and quality standards.
American Society for Testing and Materials has set forth and published recommended standards for residential chain-link fencing.  100 Barr Harbour Drive,  W. Conshohoken, PA  19428
American Fence Association 5300 Memorial Drive Suite 116, Stone Mountain, GA   30083