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The Perfect Storm: Earthquake and Hurricane Hit Maryland in Same Week

Fences are sturdy, but even the most well-built fence in Maryland will have trouble surviving this week without sustaining any damage.

Tuesday’s earthquake, which reached 5.9 (moderate) on the Richter scale, was just the beginning. This weekend, Hurricane Irene is predicted to make its way up the East Coast, hitting Maryland with winds surpassing 110 miles per hour.

What does this mean for your fence? Only time will tell.

Back on June 9th, 2011 we told you how to repair your storm damaged fence. But with Hurricane Irene on the way, this seemed like the perfect time to readdress the topic.

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REPAIRING YOUR STORM DAMAGED FENCE

June 9th, 2011

Storms can wreak havoc on your wooden fence. High winds or even falling tree branches/limbs can cause serious damage to your once beautiful fence. So if you find yourself wondering how to fix that broken board or protruding panel, don’t worry. We have the perfect solution for you.

This article from eHow.com explains the steps you need to take to get your fence and your yard looking great again.

1.   Evaluate the area to make sure it is safe to enter. Carefully approach the damaged area watching for unstable tree limbs, trees and possible fallen power lines.

2.   Remove fallen tree limbs or sections using an axe or saw. Cut limbs and trees into short and manageable sections. Clean up small debris to allow access to the fence and create room to work.

3.   Determine what supplies you will need to make the repairs. For example, a vinyl rail fence may only require two or three rail sections as opposed to a stockade panel fence, which may require replacing an entire panel section.

4.   Obtain replacement fence material and assemble any tools necessary to perform the work. Depending on the job, you may need a variety of tools. To replace a vinyl, wood or post, you will need a shovel and post hole diggers. You may require a hammer, screwdriver, pliers and other tools.

5.   Install new fence posts by securing with concrete. (Refer to manufacturer’s directions.) Reattach panels and rails with nails or screws. Barbed wire and electrical fencing may only require restringing wire between two posts while chain link fence may require weaving a new section of fence into the undamaged areas.

So now you know what to do if your fence is ever decimated by high winds. Of course, if the job looks like more than you can (or want) to handle, there is no shame in calling a professional to come in and fix your fence. If you have any questions, contact Mid-Atlantic Deck & Fence by calling1-800-833-9310 or click here today!

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