Do it yourself fencing repair work can be a difficulty for the unskilled however it doesn’t need to be. Understanding times are difficult and as a thirty year veteran I will try to make fencing repair work, altering decayed fencing posts and replacing panels in your fence manageable for those who like to do it yourself and conserve money. I will resolve:

  • Do it Yourself Fencing Repair
  • Changing decomposed Fence Post
  • Cedar fence Fence Post
  • Treated Wood Post
  • Galvanized Metal Fence post
  • Changing a Wood Fence Picket
  • Including or Altering Fence Rail

There are as numerous How to Wood Fence and Fencing Repair as there are nails in fence pickets. The manner in which I describe here has actually worked for me here in the Dallas Texas metro area for several years.

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Do it yourself fencing repair work: Is simple if you set about it properly but is very difficult if you go about it the incorrect way and can get extremely discouraging and costly.

Changing Rotted Fence Post: Replacing posts in a Fence is among the hardest aspects of fencing repair. I have seen DIYer’s shot everything to get broken fence post out of the ground. One of my favorites is what I call the Grand Canyon. This is when a Do It Yourself will dig a hole so huge around the fence post that they almost need a cement truck to bring in adequate concrete to fill it. Have you ever dug a hole for a fence post? If so utilize the concept of digging a 8 inch size hole for a fence post versus the concrete of the old fence post about 2-2 1/2 feet deep. Then take a sharp shooter shovel to clear a little dirt from each side of the concrete. Use post hole digger to remove the little bit of dirt that you loosened up from the post hole. You now have a hole that is deep enough that with a little effort you can use a rock bar to lever the damaged post and concrete into the hole you just dug so that it will be simple to lift out.

Put the brand-new pole in the hole, take the old hard concrete and usage as filler in the hole and put as much premixed damp concrete in the hole as needed to fill to the ground level then plumb the pole with a level. You can then wait 24 hours for the concrete to harden around the brand-new fence post the nail the fence panels to it or you can go ahead nail the old or brand-new fence panels to it, re-level the post and then utilize an old fence board to support it.

If you would like the simpler way out then you can set up a brand-new fence post in next to the existing so that you do not have to dig the wood post out.

Cedar Fence Post: Cedar is naturally highly resistant to rot, decay, warping and bugs when used above ground. If it is saturated with moisture when set up in the hole with concrete around it and dries, it will diminish leaving a void that will take on water. This creates a premature decomposing procedure. This can also take place at the ground level if the concrete is not put to a level that will assist fend off the water away from the fence post. You can utilize a great weather treatment to soak the post end prior to installing to extend the like of a cedar fence post. I have utilized Behr and Olympic with good success.

Treated Wood Post: Pressure dealt with wood post have a chemical that is resistant to rot and bugs. The tag on the end of the post at most retail chains like (House Depot or Lowes) will tell you if it benefits ground contact. I have actually seen a lot of Landscape lumbers utilized for posts in a fence. These typically do not have the correct treatment that will provide it the rot defense so unless somebody is on an extremely tight budget plan I will not suggest this type of wood post for fencing. Pressure dealt with pine fence post can warp or inspect from drying and shrinking (looks like a split). To minimize warping and twisting make sure that you attach the fence panels with the proper screws or nails. They need to be enough time to penetrate through the rail and the post by 2 1/2 – 3 inches. Also make certain that it is a Hot Dipped Galvanized screw or nail so that the chemicals in the wood do not degrade them.

I have seen that pressure treated wood post will last several years but can dry rot at the ground level but you can likewise minimize this by soaking the part that will can be found in contact with the ground in a good weather condition sealant.

Galvanized Metal Fence Post: Galvanized Metal Fence Post are my choice to utilize for fencing a yard or altering out a rotted fence post. When they are installed correctly they can last a life time. Size of the hole they are to be cemented in to must be 8 – 10 inches and the depth need to be a minimum of 30 inches and up to 48 inches. The kind of soil and ground condition as well as the freeze line for your area will dictate this. They will cost a little more but in my viewpoint deserve the difference. Make certain that you get a heavy gauge like a. 095 and put a dome cap on it so that it does not act like a rain gauge. The look is not as natural as wood fence post but this can be easily by boxing it with a fence board or more.

Altering a Wood Fence Picket: Altering a Fence Picket is practically self explanatory. In the Dallas Texas metro the choices of fence pickets are beginning with the very best then to the last are Cedar (3-4 various grades), Composite (recycled products like Trex, Correct Deck ), Pressure Treated Yellow Pine and Spruce – Fir – and White Pine (These are all in the white wood classification). The white woods generally have a longevity of 7 – ten years unless an excellent weather condition sealant is applied.

Once once again make certain that your screws or nails are of the proper length and either hot dipped galvanized or aluminum.

You can attach a fence board to the top of the pickets or a nylon string to use to keep the top straight as you attach them to the rails.

Adding or Altering Fence Rail: I have had the most success changing a fence rail by leaving the fence panel connected to the post. Use a sawzall with a metal cutting blade. Slip the blade in between the rail and the post so you can cut the nails or the screws. Visit as well.Utilize a Wonder Bar and a hammer so that you can wedge it in between the rail and the fence board. Pry the fence board far from the fence rail. Follow the exact same treatment with all the fence boards. Take the fence rail out. Cut the brand-new one to the very same length. Drive the nails through the fence picket leaving the nail in. Place the rail. Hammer to nails back into the fence rail. You then can use 3 1/2 inch hot dipped galvanized nail to hammer through the rail into the fence post.