Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Fittings is a fence term used when referring to all of the materials needed to assemble a chain link fence, give or take a few optional items.

How do I resize Chain Link Fence to a larger or smaller length? 

How is a fence bracket measured in chain link fence?

The two most common ways to find the size needed is as follows:

1. If you are trying to measure the size of a band you already have. Pinch the two ends of the band together and measure the INSIDE of the band.

2. If you have the post you are going to mount the band, simply measure the OUTSIDE of the post.

Brace bands can most often be found in 1 of 3 places, if not all three. They will be on the bottom of each terminal post, the top of each terminal post, or mounted on a line post that has a horizontal or diagonal pipe braced between it and a terminal post. When in doubt as to where the brace band goes on your fence remember the name, "Brace Band." You can find a brace band anywhere your fence has bracing (in theory).

Brace bands can be slid over the top of a post and mounted in place by inserting a carriage bolt and tightening it with a hex nut and ratchet.

Brace bands can be bent open with a pair of pliers or by hand (depending on the person). Simply open grab each end of the brace band and apply pressure in a pulling motion. Once open, wrap the band around the post at the desired location. Next, squeeze the two ends back together, by hand or with pliers. Insert a carriage bolt and tighten.

Brace bands support the bracing framework in every section of fencing. Most often rail ends, tension or barbed wire are mounted with a brace band.

They slide right over the end of your pole, bollard, pipe, or tubing. The hot dip galvanized finish provides a snug fit. In addition, a rubber mallet can be used to further drive the cap on the end of the post or bollard. If tampering with post caps is a major concern for your application, a self-drilling, and tapping tek-screw can easily mount itself to these caps and ensure they are not removed. *Note, if using a tek-screw be sure to use a hot-dip galvanized screw as steel, black coated, and zinc coated will rust over time.

By measuring the outside of your post, pole, pipe, bollard, or tube. If measuring the existing pole is not an option and you do have the original post cap, measure the inside of the post cap. *Note, the post cap is designed to mount over the OUTSIDE of the pipe. The true size needed will be between 1/16" to 1/8" less than the inside dimension of the post cap.

No, dome caps of this style are designed with a skirt that slides over the outside of the pipe. You can try your luck by performing a simple search on google with the words, "galvanized pipe plug cap." We tested it and were able to find several plug suppliers.  

Example of dome top on fence post bollard


Dome caps mount on the outside of pipe to eliminate the trapping of water inside the pipe. Galvanized post plugs or pipe plugs allow more water to enter the pipe than skirted dome caps.

They fit around the outside of pipe or tubing and mount to a brace band by using a carriage bolt.

The size is determined by the size of the pipe or tube being used, sliding into the rail end. Using a tape measure, measure the OUTSIDE (O.D.) of the pipe.

The most common sizes used with rail ends will be:

-1 3/8" for small residential and temporary projects

-1 5/8" for larger industrial projects, school fences, higher security applications, etc.

-1 7/8" is available but much more uncommon for the general chain link fencing project

-2 3/8" is used in sport fencing, high security, etc.  

Aluminum fence ties can be manipulated easier than ties with a galvanized steel core.

Saddle clamps come in a pair, wrap around the vertical tubing of fence panels (one on each side), and is secured by tightening a carriage bolt & nut.

The size of the saddle clamp depends on the size of the tube frame verticle members being connected. The most common sizes of tube used to make temporary fence panels are 1-5/8" or 1-3/8" O.D. (outside diameter) tubing.

Top rail is the horizontal pipe that runs between fence posts in chain link, ornamental, PVC, Aluminum, and other types of fencing.

Chain link fencing top rails add additional strength, security, and precision.

Measure the outside diameter (O.D.) of the post or frame you are using to secure your fence, or use our size chart below.

 Post Size (OD) Recommended Tie Size
1 3/8" - 1 5/8" 6 1/2"
1 7/8" - 2 3/8" 8 1/4"
2 7/8" 9 1/2"
3 1/2" - 4" 13"