Fencing is a great option to mark your property’s boundaries and provide privacy. It can also enhance the overall aesthetics of your home. Fences, like all outdoor structures, can be damaged over time and may need to be repaired. The good news is that repairing your fence doesn’t have to be a costly or overwhelming task.
The first step in Fence Repair involves identifying the problem. To identify the problem, you can either visually inspect the fence or take a look at the whole fence. If you are able, you can also take measurements of the fence to determine what repairs need to be done and how much time it will take to complete them.
Reset a Fence Panel
To remove screws that hold your fence in place, you can use a cordless driver to remove panel or pickets. You can either stack the pieces or dispose of them.
Replacing an old wood fence rail
If your wooden fence rail is sagging, you can replace it with a brand new one. This is a DIY project that requires a reciprocating saw and drill/driver. You will also need self-tapping screws and brackets for fence railing brackets.
You might need to remove the sagging portion from one post using the saw. Then, disconnect it from the other post and insert the new rail into the slots. This can be difficult, but it’s worth the effort.
Install a new fence post
If your fence post has shifted out of place or is damaged, you need to replace it. Depending on the type of post, you may need to dig up and replace it with a new post, or you can reroute the existing post by using a heavy-duty post repair bracket. These brackets have an L-shape that rises above the ground, with holes for screws below and a stake at the bottom.
STEP 2; Release Pressure on the Fence
If the fence has sagged too far and you can no longer see your yard through it, you need to remove it from the ground. If the fence is too tall to climb out safely, ask a neighbor or a family member to help.
After the fence has been removed you must verify that it is yours. You should confirm that you own the property where the fence is located before beginning any repairs.
To replace a sagging wooden fence rail, buy a new piece of wood in the same size as the old one. You can also salvage some of the original wood by cutting into pieces and joining them together. If this is impossible, you can get a rail replacement set at a home improvement store. Follow the instructions on how to install it.
Before resetting a wooden fence, be sure to coat the wood with a wood preservative to prevent rot. You have two options: you can use a splinter-proof stain or you can paint it with a durable, water-resistant exterior finish. You should also consider painting the fence every few months to preserve its appearance and prevent further decay.