How to Shore Up a Failing Wooden Fence

The garden fence is a staple of the American home; it delineates property lines and adds beauty, protection, and privacy to the home. Fences come in many different materials and designs, but perhaps the most popular fence is the wooden post and panel variety. Unfortunately, unless these fences are put up with care and forethought, the posts in the construction are subject to rot and will eventually fail, resulting in the fence bowing and collapsing. While you could call today and have a professional come over, dig out and replace the posts, there is another option that is less expensive and just as functional.

How to Shore Up a Failing Wooden Fence

The technique described below comes with a caveat: the posts will remain rotten. Nothing short of digging out the post (with its attendant concrete base) will return your fence to its former glory, giving you the look that you wanted when you first raised the fence. If you must have this, then you will need to replace the posts, but if you just want the fence to remain erect, fully supported for functional purposes, then read on. The information below will save you the time, money, and headache of wooden post replacement.

The idea behind this job is to hold the fence in place with scaffolding posts. These posts are the tubular, metallic variety, and can be purchased at varying heights from your local hardware store.

  1. Decide how many posts you need by looking at the areas where the fence is sagging. You will need at least one post per failing wooden post, and likely a few for the areas between for support.
  2. Along with the posts, you will need a way to attach them to the rails of the fence. This can be done with brackets that fit around the posts with screw holes on each side of the bracket.
  3. Lastly, you will need to purchase, borrow, or rent a post driver. This tool is a heavy cylindrical hammer with handles on either side into which the post fits. The post driver is raised and then brought down with force to drive the poles into the ground.
  4. As an option, you may want to purchase some metal dome toppers for the posts to add a cleaner aesthetic to the finished product. One caveat here is that the pounding of the post may flatten out the top so that the caps have a tough time fitting.
  5. Once you have all of the pieces, then pounding the poles into the ground next to the fence is fairly straightforward. You will need a ladder and a willing helper to hold the pole while you pound it down from the top of the ladder. Make sure it enters the ground vertically, though some margin for error is allowed, and pound it to a level just below the fence if you wish it to be hidden from the other side.

If this method doesn’t appeal, call today and get a quote from a specialist. If, like many people, you feel that the aesthetics comes secondary to the function, especially where money is concerned, this method may be just the thing.

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