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Chain Link Wire Information
Chain Link Wire – Also known as chain link fabric or chain link mesh, is a diamond-patterned wire mesh woven from strands of metal wire.The 3 most popular variants of chain link fabric are galvanized, aluminized, and vinyl coated.Chain link wire is most often sold in rolls of 50’ or 100’ and heights of 3 ft. to 12 ft.Typical diamond sizes for chain link fencing are 2 in., 2 1/4 in. and 2 ½ in, although other sizes exist for specialized applications.Throughout signetfence.com, we use the terms chain link wire and chain link fabric interchangeably.
Hot-Dip Galvanization – The process in which steel is dipped into a bath of molten zinc, which then hardens to form a protective coating over the steel.Galvanizing is done to protect the steel from rust and corrosion. Zinc is what is known as a sacrificial anode, which means that it will protect the steel part even if the coating becomes scratched or chipped.
Knuckle-Knuckle (KK) – Chain link fabric in which the top and bottom ends (ie. Selvages) are bent down into round knuckles.
Knuckle-Barb (KB) - Chain link fabric in which the top end (ie. Selvage) is twisted and the bottom end is bent down into a round knuckle.
Wire Gauge – Wire gauge is a measure of the diameter of the wire.Diameter increases as the wire gauge decreases.So, for example, a 12 gauge (.105 in.) wire is thinner than a 9 gauge (.148 in.) wire.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do the chain link fabric measurements mean on signetfence.com?
The chain link fabric on our site uses the convention (mesh size x gauge x fabric height).So for example, if you see 2” x 9 ga. X 48”, that means that the fabric has a 2” diamond mesh made out of 9 ga. wire, and the fence is 48” tall.
What are KK and KB?
KK (Knuckle-Knuckle) and KB (Knuckle-Barb) are terms that refer to the selvages (edges) of a chain link fence.At the top and bottom of chain link fabric, the wires are either twisted (KB) or bent (KK) to stop the weave from unraveling.According to standards, any wire that is 6’ or less should be Knuckle-Knuckle (KK), while any wire greater than 6’ should be
Is Chain Link Fence Safe for Residential Use?
Yes, if you use the right kind.We recommend using Pre-Galvanized (GBW), Knuckle-Knuckle (KK) wire for all residential projects.Pre-Galvanized wire is less likely to have sharp spurs or “icycles” left over from the galvanization process, upon which pets and children can scratch or cut themselves.And Knuckle-Knuckle wire has the top and bottom edges bent into blunt knuckles, rather than leaving the sharp barbs exposed.
Why is chain link wire called fabric when it’s made out of metal?
Chain link is made by weaving metal strand into a fabric pattern, the same way that cotton is woven into a fabric pattern, though the machines are a little different.Somehow, the terminology stuck.
How do you ship chain link wire / fabric?
Almost all chain link wire is palletized and shipped via LTL Common Carrier.Somebody must be available at delivery to unload the chain link fabric from the truck, unless a lift gate is requested (additional fees apply).Large chain link orders may be shipped on a flatbed truck, in which case a forklift or loading dock is required.
Do you offer free shipping on chain link wire?
No, we cannot offer free shipping on LTL shipments at this time.We do offer quantity discounts of up to 15% on chain link wire.
What does it cost to ship chain link wire?
It depends on the size, gauge, and amount of wire ordered, in addition to where we are shipping it and if the address is business or residential.Nearly all chain link wire ships via common carrier on pallets.In some cases, our system can give you a price for shipping.In others, we will have to quote it on a case by case basis through our freight company.If our system is unable to give you a quote, you will be instructed to call us at 1.877.403.3623 where our customer service staff will be happy to get you a quote.
How do I get a discount on chain link wire?
We offer quantity discounts for all chain link wire starting at 5% for 3 – 6 rolls, all the way up to 15% off of 19 rolls or more.All you have to do to get the discount is add the wire to your cart and checkout; the price will be updated automatically.For full truckload quantities, call us at 1.877.403.3623.
Do I need any specialty tools to install chain link fabric?
Having the right tools for the job certainly helps with the installation.At a minimum, you should have a good pair of pliers, gloves, and a stretching tool.