How to Repair a Wood Fence

When installing a fence, it is very important to use the most rot-resistant timber available to you. Some of the best options include: Redwood, Cedar, and pressure-treated wood. Read on to get helpful tips to inspecting and repairing any damage to timber fences.

Fence Rails & Sections:

If you have the hotizontal, that part called the fence rail that is pulled away from the fence post, the repair required is quite simple. To do the repair, first you saturate the damaged area with some type of wood preservative in order to prevent rot. Then you'll need to provide a support for the fence rail to help keep it in place. Take a 2x4 piece of wood and nail it in place immediately under the area where the rail meets the post, just so the rail is firmly resting on top of it. Finish by nailing through the dence rail into the new supporting brace. To help secure this new bond, you could caulk the joint.

If the rail is damaged or rotten beyond repair, you will have to replace it. The fencing company that supplies your timber may have wood replacement. If not, you could cut a replacement piece from a 2x4 construction timber. With a crowbar, remove the damaged rail. Be careful not to damage other part of your fence. Then nail the new fence rail securely in place. Then attach fence boards into the new fence rail.

Rotten fence boards is another common problem. They are easy to remove and replace. Simply acquire the right replacement wood pieces from a fence timber supplier or home improveent store.

Fence Posts:

If your fence have loose post, the first thing to do is diagnose the problem. It is possible that the concrete that's keeping it in place has broken up, or the fence post itself could be rotted or cracked. A loose post could be easily fixed by pouring new concrete base over the old base. The best thing to do with rotted or cracked wood is probably replacement, but you could try making a pair of splints to make it steady.

Again, it is helpful to saturate the damaged area with wood preservative. Cut a pair of 2x4 wood pieces to reach from above the rotted or cracked portion of the fence post to the ground, going at a 45 degree angle to the fence post.

Also, you'll need two wood stakes into which you'll screw the splints. The stakes must go deep into the ground and would not come loose. Set them so they go beyond the frost line. The 2 splints must be screwed into the post's adjacent sides, just above the area that is rotted or cracked, and into the wood stakes. Maximise the support the post receives by placing the splints at perpendicular angles to each other.

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This article was published on 27 Mar 2015 and has been viewed 728 times
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