How do I redo my backyard fence?

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Keeping your backyard fence at its best

They say nothing makes better neighbors than a good fence, but what about when your fence falls down or starts looking aged and worn? When it is time for fence repair, there are the basic ways to get the job done, then there are other fence repair ideas too, which is what we’ll discuss in this piece today. 

One thing is for certain, when your fence has fallen or looks old, you want to get fence repair or replacement done as quick as possible. While good fences make good neighbors, old, poor condition fence, or fence that has partially fell can make a house look old and worn. Your fence is a part of your landscape and an accent to your home’s architecture, so getting the fence repair done to keep the rest of your home from looking old and worn. 

How do you fix a fallen fence?

Good fences make good neighbors, but a fence is only as good as the fence posts that hold it up. So, when the wind, a tree, or the soil shifting weaken the fence posts, a fence repair job is needed. When the fence has fell completely, the only fence repair that will last is to re-install the fence posts. 

You’ll need to determine what can be reused for the fence repair and what needs to be replaced. Any part of the fence or posts that aren’t broken or have rotted can be re-used, otherwise, you’ll need to detach the fence that is together and determine what new stuff is needed. 

  • Preparation to Reset That Fallen Fence: Start your fence repair by placing the fallen fence sections on the ground with the panel side up and the fence posts on the ground. Hopefully, the fence was put together t with screws and they can be easily removed. Next, place those fence panels and fence posts you can reuse to one side. Any cement stuck to the fence post can be removed using a hammer and brick chisel. 
  • Clean the Fence Post Holes: Your next fence repair step will be to clean the fence post holes out by removing the old concrete and any broken posts. Dig the fence post hole out to the original depth and size, typically this is twelve inches across and twenty-four inches deep.  
  • Resetting the Fence Posts: If you have fence posts that need to be replaced, you’ll need ½ bag of concrete for each one.  Place a post in a hole then pour water in the first hole and using a scrap piece of wood, mix the concrete as you pour the half bag in the hole. Check that its level from back to front then side to side, and even in the row with the other fence post, adjust as needed. Pack dirt around the fence posts.
  • Reattach the Fence Panels: Final step of your fence repair is reattaching the panels. Start with the first one, line the panel edge to the outer side of the first post and insert two deck screws (we recommend three inch treated screws), in the panel face and into the horizontal rail. 

Stand the second fence post upright then line unattached fence panel edge to center with the second post and attach with the same type of screws. Repeat the cement and water in the second fence  post hole and pack with dirt. You’ll repeat this process until you have the new fencing installed. 

How do you strengthen a fence?

To keep your fence looking good,  regular maintenance and fence repair is needed. The most common fence repair is needed because of decaying or rotting wood. The structure of a fence is only as reliable and strong as the support, so with regular inspections, you can catch small issues and get fence repairs made before you have a fallen fence as described above. After you have completed your inspection and assessed the damage, reinforcing the fence rails is fast using these three methods: 

Reinforce the Rails

Damaged wooden fence railing can be strengthened by cutting a 2×4 block that is the same width as the rail then fasten it at each end to the posts. Number 8 deck screws will give the fence maximum durability.

Install a Sister Rail

A rotten wooden fence post doesn’t have to be replaced, simply installing a siter rail as follows will secure the fence repair: 

  • Measure the rail and cut a pressure-treated piece of lumber to the size of the original rail. 
  • Cut any damaged and rotted part of the original rail off.
  • Place the sister rail under the old rail then clamp it every foot for the full length. 
  • Toenail the new sister rail to both sides of the fence posts and underneath.

Once the sister rail is attached  on either end, drill a hole 3/8 inch through both boards every foot and half then increase the stability by inserting carriage bolts.

Rail Splicing

Splicing two rails together will keep your fence looking uniform.  Begin by removing the damaged board and cut the damaged part off at an angle. Place the new board along the old board and trace the cut so you can transfer the angles from the old board to the new board. After cutting the board long the lines so they match, drill holes and using bolts to fasten the new board in place.

How do you stabilize a fence post?

A damaged fence post will lean and wobble, weakening the stability of the entire fence. You can repair fence post without removing it  and without having to replace the entire fence with these steps:

  1. Remove the adjacent fence construction back to the adjoining posts.
  2. Buy 24” long tapered surveyor stakes.
  3. Drive a stake next to the post so that it is level with the ground.
  4. Pull the stake and fill the hole with water, leveling the post with a level.
  5. Pour dry premixed concrete on top of the hole so that any excess water spills out.
  6. Wait 30 minutes for this to set as you work on other fence posts. .
  7. Repeat the process until you’re done. 
  8. After each post has set for a half-hour, check the stability. If still wobbling, repeat the process. 

Do you have to use concrete for fence posts?

You don’t have to, but it is recommended.  A good fence is a good neighbor, and a good neighbor is a stabilized neighbor! If the fence posts become weak, the fence will be weak too and you’ll be doing fence repair much sooner than you should need to.

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How do you straighten a fence post without removing it?

As a homeowner, you will find that fence repair and staining is going to be a DIY weekend project that you’ll plan your calendar by. The most common problem with a wood fence that requires fence repair is they tend to start leaning and shifting This is usually caused by soft soil and moisture.  Straighten your fence posts with these steps and you won’t have to remove them:

Step 1: Do a visual inspection and mark the ones that are leaning and need to be straightened. 

Step 2: Remove the panels attached the post so that you have room to work. 

Step 3: Dig around the post base so the concrete shows and prop it with a 2×4 angled against it so that is upright without causing strain then and secure it to another post  with a rope. 

Step 4: Place the post mender between the gap of the concrete base and post. Position the post mender on either side of the parallel post to the railing. Center the post mender on the post then, using a sledgehammer, pound it in the ground.

Step 5: With the post mender fully driven in the ground, the post should now be straight and sturdy.

With routine inspection of your fence, you’ll have fewer needs for fence repairs, leaving only the need to re-stain your fence every year or two. For your backyard fence repair in Kingwood, TX, call (832) 766-9994 today.