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Building Fences

Print this information in PDF. Check out the Coalition to Unchain Dogs for fencing building videos and more information.

*Try soliciting donations to pay a fence company. Take pics of the needy dog and post to social media or a crowdfunding site such as I emailed my neighborhood association about this chained dog, quickly raised $200 for materials, AND a local fence company donated the work!**

Fence building follows the same basic steps:

  1. Determine the fence's boundaries.
  2. Set the posts into the ground. They are the framework of the fence.
  3. Attach fencing to the posts.
  4. Install a gate.

Mesh Fencing

The easiset and cheapest fence is a mesh. T-posts are set into the ground and mesh fencing is attached to the posts. Learn more about mesh fencing or watch a short video:

You can also extend the height of your existing fence with mesh fencing.

Chain Link

Chain link is very strong and durable, and looks nice when installed. Chain link materials are more expensive than a T-post fence. The following sites have step-by-step instructions for building a chain link fence:

Look around your neighborhood at fences for ideas about the different fencing options that are available. Looking at other people's fences might also give you ideas about construction and configuration.

How to Set a Post


  • Strong wooden post. The post should be long enough to allow for about 1.5 feet under the ground, and 5-7 feet above ground. Ideally, the post should be tall enough for someone to walk under the trolley line. The post needs to be several inches thick so it won't snap.
  • One 40 lb. bag of concrete mix is plenty for one post. You can use quick-set.
  • Stick or dowel.
  • Water from a bucket or hose.
  • Shovel or post-hole digger.


  1. Dig a hole for the post. The post needs to be at least 1 1/2 or two feet underground.
  2. Put a few rocks in the bottom of the hole, then set the post in the hole. Itís easiest if you have someone to hold the post in the center of the hole.
  3. Pour about one-third of the concrete mix into the hole (pour it around the post). Pour about half a gallon of water into the hole and stir the concrete around with the stick.
  4. Keep adding concrete mix and stirring in water in until the hole is filled with the concrete mix. Refer to the directions on the package.
  5. Cover the concrete with the dirt from the hole. Pile dirt or rocks around the bottom of the post to keep it in place while the concrete sets.
  6. In 24 hours, you post should be set with regular concrete. With quick-set, your post will be ready in an hour.


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