Tension Bar 144"
The American Fence Company
While a tension bar might appear to be nothing more than an elongated piece of metal, it is actually one of the most essential parts in the assembly of chain link fences. These are the accessories providing the tension needed to stretch and stabilize fence fabric. Consequently, it helps prevent animals and people from crawling under the fabric. An important note: Before installing the tension bars and chain link fabric, the terminal posts on your fence need to be fitted with tension bands.
After you've installed your line posts, terminal posts, top rails, and tension bands, it is time to attach the chain link fabric. To do so, unroll the fabric and stand up one end of it so that it is parallel to the nearest terminal post. Keep the fabric in place and carefully slide the 144" tension bar vertically through the tension bands as well as the "knuckles" that make up the end of the fabric. Using the same method, install a second tension bar on the opposite end of the same stretch of fabric. The tension provided by both bars will stretch the fabric. Now you have a strong, resistant chain link fence panel.
Two tension bars are needed for each stretch of fabric. Install a bar at every corner, end, and gate post. This 144" Tension Bar has been galvanized, meaning it is rust resistant and long-lasting.
How the part fits? A 144" tension bar is actually 142” in length. It is designed to fit through the last weave of the chain link fabric at the point of termination.
Where is it installed? The tension bar is installed at every point where you terminate your chain link fence.
How many do you need? You will need (1) 144” tension bar at every corner, end, and gate post. For every stretch of fence, you will need (2) total.
Once you have installed your post, framework and top rail, you will take the end of the chain link fabric and place it up to the terminal post. Start at the top of the chain link fabric and insert the tension bar down through the bands and the weave of the chain link until you get to the bottom. You will then tighten all the tension and end bands to hold the tension bar in place.