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How to Stretch a Chain Link Mesh

Hello everyone, I am Marco from Fenceshop, your trusted e-commerce for everything related to plastic meshes. We have finally reached the second video of our column "From Words to Deeds," where I will show you how to stretch a chain link mesh. Let's start right away with the necessary tools.

Required Tools

To stretch a chain link mesh, we will need:

  • A cable winch
  • Pliers
  • Soft binding wire, preferably plastic-coated
  • A blade

I have already made specific videos on the use of the winch and pliers, which you can find in the description.

Preparing the Mesh

In our example, we have a piece of chain link mesh attached at one end. The goal is to stretch it to the end of the fence. Even though our example is one and a half meters, the concept remains the same for fences of 30, 50, or 100 meters.

Firstly, temporarily attach the mesh with one or two hooks for each post. It is crucial that these temporary hooks are positioned beyond the post in the direction of the tension to avoid limiting the tension itself.

Setting Up the Cable Winch

To set up the winch, hook it to the first post properly braced inside our property. Pull out the necessary cable, considering that the longer the fence, the more cable will be needed.

The blade is used to distribute the pulling force across all the mesh links. Insert a 30 mm by 6 mm blade inside the chain link mesh links, sliding it along its entire height.

Stretching the Mesh

At this point, attach the winch to the blade with a piece of scrap fencing wire, creating a sturdy loop. Start tensioning the mesh using the winch. It is advisable to be in two: while one pulls the winch, the other moves the mesh to prevent it from catching or tearing.

Continue to pull until the mesh is well-tensioned. Remember not to over-tension to avoid damaging the braced posts, which are the most stressed ones.

Fixing the Mesh

Once the mesh is tensioned, we need to manually tie it to the last stretch using the binding wire. Make double and robust ties, ensuring that the mesh is well attached to the posts.

Removing the Winch and Finishing

After tying the mesh, we can unhook the winch. Use pliers to cut the temporary wires and remove the blade. Check that the mesh is not caught anywhere and give a final adjustment tap.

Finally, trim the excess chain link mesh. Open the hooks of the last link, unravel it, and twist it off like a corkscrew. Save the excess for any future uses.

Our mesh is now stretched and properly fixed. Don't forget to tie the tension wire above, in the middle, and below the mesh as well.


The job is done! I hope I was helpful and clear. Don't be intimidated, once you understand the steps, the process becomes simple and repetitive. Pause the video if necessary and follow the steps one at a time.

Remember to subscribe to our YouTube channel and visit our e-commerce Fenceshop to find all the materials and equipment needed for your fences. Thanks and see you in the next video, where we will talk about welded mesh. See you soon, bye!

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