Fence Dictionary


Aluminized
in reference to chain link fence, describes steel wire that is coated with aluminum-iron alloy prior to being woven into the fabric.
Barb
As related to barbed wire- a short length of wire, with exposed ends cut on a bias to produce sharp points.
Barb (Twist)
Selvage obtained by twisting adjacent pairs of wire ends together in a closed helix of 1-1/2 machine turns, which is equivalent to three full twists.
Barb Wire Arm
a cap that extends off a line post that allows for 3 strands of barbed wire to be run continuously.
Barbed Wire
Wire constructed with twists that create sharp edges or points arranged at intervals along the strand. This wire is commonly used along the top of the fence above the top rail. Also used in farm applications.
Bottom Rail
The horizontal member of the framework running continuously along the bottom edge of the fence. This is usually the same diameter as the top rail.
Brace Band
a band that goes around a terminal post.
Brace Rail
a horizontal rail that is part of the fence framework the runs between the top and bottom rail.
Cantilever Slide Gate
Any horizontal slide gate spanning an opening lacking a top or bottom with that opening.
Center Stop
A device to receive and hold the drop bar on a double gate.
Chain Link Fence
a type of fence that is usually constructed from steel wires that run vertically and are interwoven to make a zig-zag pattern.
Chain Link Fence Fabric
fence material that has been created by interweaving steel wire so as to create a continuous mesh without the use of fasteners or knots
Corner Barb Arm
A combination post cap used to hold barbed wire in place on a Corner Post. May be angled in or out from the fence line to hold three strands of barbed wire or "V" shaped to hold six strands of barbed wire.
Corner Post
The terminal post at any corner of the fence or any post that requires fittings on both sides of the post.
Corner Rail Clamp
A two piece clamp with carriage nuts and bolts designed for horizontal rail connections to a 90° corner post.
Diamond
The mesh opening formed by the woven wires in chain link fence fabric.
Diamond Count
the number of diamond openings between one edge of a fence fabric to another.
End Post
the terminal post that is at the beginning or end of the fence line.
Eye Top
a cap for the line posts that features a loop to allow the top rail to pass through it. Found on chain link fences.
Fence Panel
a fabricated unit of fence made up of rails and boards or pickets
Hog Rings
hog rings are "C" shaped wire clips that are primarily used for securing chain link fence fabric to the bottom and top tension wires.
Intermediate Rail
a horizontal support running between two terminal posts located between the top rail and the bottom rail.
Knuckle
pertaining to chain link fence the knuckle is the edge that is created by interlocking the wire ends and bending them into a loop to prevent unraveling.
Line Posts
posts that help support the main linear body of the fence, keep the fence in a straight line and support the top rail if one exists.
Mesh
the distance between the wires in the diamond area of a chain link fence.
Post
a vertical structural support member of the fence
Post Cap
a fitting that covers the top of a tubular post
Post hinge
a hinge that attaches to a gate post allowing the gate to swing open.
Rail
a horizontal structural support running between two posts
Selvage
the edge created by woven chain link fabric from the joining of knuckled or twisted (barbed) pickets.
Shadow Box
typically a wooden fence that is constructed in such a way that the boards are installed alternately from one side to the other.
Split Rail
a type of fence using rails constructed from timber logs that have been split lengthwise.
Swedge
a end piece of a toprail that is slimmer than the rest of the rail so that it will fit into and join another piece of toprail.
Tension Band
tension bands are use to connect the tension bar to a terminal post.
Tension Bar
a bar that runs vertically and interwoven between the chain link fence fabric at the end of the fence line that is used to secure the fabric to the terminal post.
Tension Wire
a wire used along the top or bottom of a chain link fence in place of a rail.
Terminal Post
the load bearing post of a fence which is often at the end or corner of a fence line.
Tie
a fastener used to attach one piece of fence to another
Top Rail
horizontal support running between two terminal posts near the top edge of the fence