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Carpentry  /  February 21, 2019

Fence looking Rickety? Weekend Upgrade for Repair!

Wooden fences can be quite vulnerable to moisture and insects than other fencing material which is why a lot of maintenance is required. Handyman Connection of Red Deer wants to ensure that you know exactly how to complete these repairs because a wooden fence is an excellent addition to your home and property. Read these tips below so you don’t feel you need to stray away from the aesthetically pleasing fence while also ensuring your pets and little ones are safe!

Post Replacement – Most the time the posts are rotten underground which will always require a replacement and not just a repair. To replace your post, you will need to separate the fence, dig a hole on the side of the post and break the cement holding the old one in. You will then replace it with a new post and then pour the new footing. Now, a method to prevent future replacement is to pour the concrete so it extends a few inches above the ground and to slope any edges away from the post so any rain water doesn’t sit around the posts end. Keep in mind that this may not be very aesthetically pleasing so if you would rather make it look nicer, you just need to keep in mind you will have to replace them a bit sooner.

Loose Posts – If you look at your posts and feel that they don’t look old and are quite straight but just may be loose, you most likely do not need to replace the full post. Once you determine they are not rotten, you will need to determine if they are in a concrete footing or not. If they are, you will need to use shims at the bottom of your post and secure them with exterior silicone. If they are not in a concrete footing, we would suggest adding the concrete to create a more permanent and sturdy solution. If concrete is not an option, the easiest way to stabilize them would be to use a sister post and secure the two together with bolts.

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Handyman Connection of Red Deer believes repairing or replacing posts can be quite simple and straightforward but for someone who has never done them before, it can be quite tiring and will take up most of your weekend. If you feel you don’t have the time, call us today for your free evaluation, no obligation quote!

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