How Well Do You Know Your Fencing Terms?

When your fencing contractor is talking with you about the installation and repair process, does it sound like he is speaking another language? With all the different elements that go into your fence, it’s no surprise you may get lost from time to time. Keep up every step of the way with this helpful glossary:

Corner post: The post that stands at a corner where two lines of fencing meet.
Double swing gate: A gate comprised of two disconnected leaves or “doors” each held to one side with hinges. These are most often used for driveways or wider entrances.
End post: A post that stands as the end of a line of the fence, with holes on only one side; used mostly for gate posts.
Eye top: A piece for chain link fencing that caps off line posts. It has a loop in it for the top rail to pass through.
Fence line: The fence’s position.
Fence laying: The delivering and laying out of fencing materials before installation begins.
Fence tie: A piece for chain link, generally made of wire, to attach the fencing to the line posts.
Line posts: Posts that stand between terminal posts that support the fencing.
Perimeter fence: A fence that lines the outside boundary of a specific property.
Post cap: A piece that covers the top of a fence post – frequently seen in vinyl and chain link fencing.
Post driver: A tool for driving and securing fence posts into the ground.
Raking: The way sections of fencing are installed so the fence follows the grade.
Stair stepping: An installation process to meet requirements of a steep grade. Sections of the fence are at different levels, installed in “stair steps.”
Terminal post: These posts are the main support for the entire fence, standing at the end of a fence. Terminal posts include corner posts, end posts, gate posts and stair-step posts.
Top rail: The bar that runs along the top of the entire fence to provide support.
Tension band: Used in chain link fencing, these steel bands attach the tension bar to the terminal post.
Tension bar: A bar that is interlaced in the end of chain link fencing that allows the fencing to attach to the terminal post.

Hopefully this helps you in your next fencing project. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

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Courtesy of Home Advisor