The top rail should have one open end and one crimped end. Grab a hacksaw, file and pliersâ€”and a helper. Start by removing the wire ties that hold the fence fabric to the top rail. Then rest the new rail on top of the damaged rail and have your helper hold it in place while you mark a cutting line on the old rail.
Attempting to cut the top rail — or really any part — of a chain link fence with an ax is like asking for a trip to the emergency room with a serious injury. Though it .