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My property is not level. The terminal posts must be installed plumb. How do I connect the square end of the chain link fabric to a post that will not be square to the fabric?

What you need to do in this situation is to make an angle cut on the end of chain link fabric prior to terminal post hookup to allow for slopes. If the top edge of the fabric does not create a right angle to the terminal post, the fabric must have a bias cut and the tension bar must slide into that end at the appropriate angle in order to be parallel to the post. Failure to do so will leave the top or bottom of the fabric loose, depending on the whether the slope rises to the terminal post or falls down to the terminal post. See Figures 'A' and 'B'.

My quick hand drawn illustrationAnother quicky hand drawn illustration

Making The Bias Cut

Install the top rail. Tie the chain link loosely to the top rail in the proper postion on the rail, so it follows parallel to the top rail. Pull it to the terminal post until the shortest of the two, top or bottom, just reaches the post. The other corner of the fabric will overlap the terminal (Figure B).

Count the number of weaves (not diamonds) that overlap the terminal on the long corner. Let's call this 'Cut Count'. This count is the number of cuts that must be made ultimately. Next, count the number of full diamonds on the height (Height Count).

Divide the 'Height Count' by the 'Cut Count'. Round up to nearest whole number. This number (Diamond Count) represents the number of diamonds to count before making a weave cut. Figure B illustrates an upward grade. The grade could be exactly opposite, a downward grade. The grade type will determine which end needs to be cut. In Figure B, you must start counting down from the top. Count out the 'Diamond Count' and cut the last weave in the roll. Remove the bottom portion of that weave from the fabric, cutting the other end of the weave, if necessary. At the cut, count down your 'Diamond Count' and cut the next weave. Remove the bottom portion again. Repeat until you reach the bottom of the fence.

The tension bar can now be slid into the fabric following the angle created by your bias cut. It is possible that the bias is so sharp (Diamond Count of 1 or 2), that it is nearly impossible to slide the tension bar into the fabric. You may have to bend the diamond slightly where the tension bar is hitting a weave as it is slid into the fabric.

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