Stormy weather can bring your fence down, or maybe it’s rotten or has been attacked by insects leaving you with nothing but a great view of your neighbor’s property. Either way, you don’t have to hire someone to fix a broken fence when you can do it yourself. If you are up to the job, here how you can repair a broken fence.
Inspect the fence
The very first step is to determine where the problem lies. Just walk the perimeter and inspect the fence from bottom to top. Pay attention to where the fence meets the ground. Any rust? Is it secure in the ground? Are the fence post integrity compromised? Shake the fence to determine how weak it has become, and get rid of any vegetation that may have grown on the fence before starting your repair job.
Support the post
In most cases, fences are broken because of the post is broken, or its leaning, shrinking or wobbling. Supporting a wobbling post will do, but you may need to replace it and support it to prevent further deterioration. If the fence is not sturdy, you will need to fix the damage as soon as possible.
A rotted, loose or leaning post will require the same fix, however, the loose and leaning ones can be reinforced. The rotten post will require digging up and replacing it with a new post in concrete if the damage covers more than 30%, if not you can just find a way to reinforce it using a commercial mender or a concrete spur. But if you do not fix these solidly, they will actually help the fence to wobble even more.
Here how you can fix a damaged fence:
Step 1: Prepare
Assuming that the fence has fallen down, lay it with picket side up. Remove all the old concrete or broken posts from the post holes, and then dig the hole out of the original size. If the post is broken, buy another one, and put in the holes. You can use the sledgehammer to break up the old footing.
Step 2: Reset the post
Reset your post in the ground and make sure that it is level and square to the fence. It would be a good idea to brace it a little while to keep it level and only plumb while you are done preparing the concrete footing.
Step 3: Paving Slab
One small problem of removing the post and concrete is that you will have loosened all the soil around the post, and having another hole is like a bomb crater. So you may need to have some paving slabs that can be put inside the hole as form work to hold the new concrete in place. Once you are done, reattach your fence with new galvanized nails.
As noted, if the fence is just wobbling, a quick fix is to shim the bottom of the post. You should have a solid fence if you do it right. If your fence does not have a concrete footing, you can use a sister post. The sister post will have the same length as the existing post and will be placed just beside the existing post to a depth of a couple of feet or more, then bolted together to provide support.
Wooden fence beauty is not comparable, but it requires it requires high maintenance, and this may require regular repair, most of which you can do on your own. Other fences may not break easily, but when they do, it would be a good idea to hire a professional to fix the damage.
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