How To Repair A Fence

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Fence Repair

No matter how strong your fencing or how sturdy your fencing material, sooner or later it will need repair. Wood fences are particularly susceptible to damage, especially rot. Luckily, you can do many basic fence repair jobs yourself.

Wood Fence Repair Basics

Wood fences are the easiest to repair. The first thing you'll need to do when it comes to wood fence repair is to identify the problems. Common fence repairs include:

  • Loose posts: A loose post can bring the entire fence down and should be repaired immediately. You can repair a loose post by replacing the post and securing it with concrete, or by installing splints to steady the current post.
  • Rot: Rot is the most common wooden fence problem and can spread to your entire fence if not repaired. It's also one of the easiest problems to fix. You can often perform a wood fence repair simply by applying a wood preservative and patching rotted areas.
  • Sagging gates: A sagging gate can be a security hazard, especially when the gate won't close, leaving your yard open to unwanted visitors. Check the hinges first; they may simply need to be tightened.

When to Get Help to Repair a Fence

Certain problems are easy to repair, but in some cases, you may be over your head. It's best to call a professional to help when:

  • You don't have the adequate tools or skills required to repair a fence. True, you can rent tools and learn fence repair techniques, but in some cases it's better to leave it in the hands of a professional. This is particularly true if your fence is made from wrought iron, brick or stone.
  • You must replace the fence. In some cases, fence repair is no longer an option and the entire fence must be replaced. A professional can help you dig holes for the posts, which can be dangerous if there are nearby power lines. A professional contractor can ensure that the fence alignment and post positions are correct, often the most difficult task.

Check your fence regularly and perform routine maintenance, such as tightening hinges and applying wood preservative, to keep your fence intact for years to come.

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