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How can I further secure the bottom of a chain link fence? I have two 80 pound boxers, they keep pushing the bottom of the chain link fence out and getting out. Any suggestions how to anchor the vinyl fence to the ground? I tried metal stakes, but the male pulled the fence with his teeth and pulled them out. I would appreciate any suggestions you may have.

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Thank you for writing HooverFence.com. A relatively easy, efficient, and good way to further secure the bottom of a chain link fence is to install a bottom tension wire. This wire reinforces the bottom of a chain link fence and helps prevent the bottom from 'pulling' up if an animal tries to push the fabric out and away from the fence line. This bottom chain link fence tension wire, is available in various gauges. 7 gauge galvanized spiral tension wire is common for both residential, commercial, and heavy commercial chain link fences. A 6 gauge vinyl coated wire and all aluminum tension wire is also available. This wire runs between terminal posts, i.e. end post, corner post, and/or gate post is is in-between, sandwiched between the line  (intermediate) posts and the chain link fabric. It does not get woven into the chain link fabric as some people think. It is simply attached to terminal posts by wrapping directly to the posts, or wrapping it to a nut in bolt holding a brace band in place. Chain link fence bottom tension wire is stretched using a come-a-long and cable puller, or with a T-Bar. We have a detailed "How To Install Chain Link Fence" installation manual for installing tension wire here.

During a new installation, bottom tension wire is normally stretched after the fence project is framed, meaning posts have set, top rail and/or bracing has been installed. Tension wire is stretched on the outside of the fence enclosure. Chain link is then stretched afterwards.

When retrofitting an existing chain link fence with bottom tension wire. The bottom tie wire securing the chain link fabric to the posts is normally removed and replaced later. Stretch tension wire on outside of the chain link fence, the same side of the fence that the fabric is on, opposite the posts and top rail. Once tension wire is stretched, walk along fence line and tuck the bottom tension wire under , then between the posts and the chain link fabric. Go to inside of fence, and secure tension wire to chain link fabric with steel, aluminum, or vinyl coated hog rings, normally every two feet, or closer if more strength is needed. Replace fence ties on bottom of line posts.

If you continue to have problems with your dogs 'pushing' the bottom of the fence away, stakes shaped like a horse-shoe can be made and drive to catch the bottom tension wire. We've taken chain link truss rods, cut them approximately every 18" or so and bend the in a U-shape. One or two of these stakes per space between posts should suffice.

As last recourse, a bottom rail can be installed. Choose a diameter and grade to match your top rail, normally 1-3/8" O.D., or 1-5/8" O.D.. This is normally sold in 21' or 24' lengths and will need cut to fit unline the top rail which rests on top of line posts. We carry full length chain link tubing in .065 wall (16 gauge), HF20, and HF40. vinyl coated chain link tubing is available in the same thicknesses. Attach bottom rail to terminal posts using either end rail clamps, or rail end cups and brace bands. Bottom rail will attach to line posts with chain link line rail clamps, or boulevards as they are often called.