3 Rail Fence – Doing your own fence repair can be a challenge for those who are not experienced but don’t have to. Knowing the hard times and as a thirty-year veteran I will try to make fence repairs, change rotten fence posts and replace panels on your fence can be done for those who like to do it themselves and save money. There are many ways to repair wooden fences and fences because there are nails on a wooden fence. The way I described here has worked for me here in the metro area of Dallas Texas for years. Repair your own fence: It’s easy if you do it the right way but it’s very difficult if you do it the wrong way and can be very frustrating and expensive.
Replacing Rotten Fence Posts
Replacing posts on Pagar is one of the hardest things about repairing fences. I have seen the DIYer try everything to get a broken fence post out of the ground. One of my favorites is what I call the Grand Canyon. This is when DIY will dig a hole so big around the fence that they almost need a cement truck to carry enough concrete to fill it. Have you ever dug a hole for a fence post? If so, use the concept of digging a hole 8 inches in diameter for a fence post against an old concrete fence post with a depth of about 2-2 1/2 feet. Then take a sharp shovel to clean a little dirt from each side of the concrete.
Use a keyhole digger to remove the little dirt that you loosen from the keyhole. You now have a hole that is deep enough so that with a little effort you can use a stone rod to lift the broken pole and concrete into the hole you just dug so that it will be easily lifted. Insert the new pole into the hole, take the old hard concrete and use it as filler in the hole, and insert the previously mixed wet concrete into the hole as needed to fill it to the ground, and then attach the pole to a height.
Cedar Fence Post
Cedar is naturally very resistant to decay, decay, curvature, and insects when used above ground. If it is saturated with moisture when installing in a hole with concrete around it and dries, it will shrink leaving a void that will take water. This creates a premature decay process. This can also occur at ground level if the concrete is not poured to a level that will help expel water from the fence post. You can use good weather treatment to soak the tip of the pole before installing to extend it like a cedar fence post. I have used Behr and Olympic with good success.