Ways to Extend a Chainlink Fence

There are several ways to extend a chainlink fence without replacing the entire fence. You can add welded wire leaners or a mesh cloth to the top of your fence to increase the height. Or you can add a nylon extension called Tenax. The only limitations to extending your fence is your budget and the product you choose to use.

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Welded wire

  • Use approximately 36 to 50 inches of welded wire, attached to the fence with galvanized wire. Bend approximately 12 inches of the wire from the top and slant at a 90 degree angle inward to deter anyone or pets from climbing out. You may need to add T posts in several sections for support. This will extend the height.

Mesh cloth

  • Mesh cloth or hardware cloth is sturdy enough to stand upright without added support. You can buy this material at a building supply store in rolls. Just unroll the cloth and cut the amount you need. Baling wire is effective for securing it. If you are unable to directly wire the cloth to your fence you may use T posts to secure it. If you do not have baling wire you may use pre-cut wire.


  • You may also buy a plastic fence material called Tenax. This comes in a roll and in different colors. It will not rust nor corrode and can be attached using galvanized wire or baling wire. Tenax does not have any sharp edges and does not pose a hazard to pets nor humans. You may need to add T posts every six feet or so to give added support.


  • Photo Credit fence image by Antonio Oquias from Fotolia.com wire mesh image by jimcox40 from Fotolia.com Barbed Wire image by joanna berhow from Fotolia.com Green net image by iChip from Fotolia.com
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