After a few years or more, it is not uncommon that your wood fence will begin to see some signs of wear. The extent of its wear depends on its maintenance, but after a while, it is only natural to see it age. If you notice that one or more of your fence posts is looking rough, there are some simple steps to perform proper fence post repair.
Identify the Root Issue
The first step is to identify what exactly is wrong with the fence. Observe it closely and be careful to make a detailed assessment of the situation. You may find that the problem is chronic or acute. In other words, chronic damage is a fence problem that will only get worse as it ages or be likely to reoccur. Acute damage is a one-time cause of damage that will not likely happen again once treated.
Solve the Root Problem
You may find that some part of the fence post is not damaged while the rest is. Alternately, you might find that the whole post is damaged and just a few years away from needing a complete replacement. Whatever the extent of the damage, it is best to address the root cause of the problem rather than the symptoms. Common fence problems include standing water, mold, insects like termites and carpenter ants, and old age.
Fence Post Repair vs. Replacement
If the damage is mild, you can find a quick fix to solve it effectively. There are kits to solve minor issues like holes, cracks, and breaks without having you replace the entire fence post. You can also find miscellaneous parts, such as screws, nails, and brackets, to replace old ones. You can even find parts to help you stabilize the fence post’s foundation.
If you need to replace the entire fence post, you will first need to detach the post from the rest of the fence. Be sure to place supports for the rest of the fence so it does not fall over when detached. Next, you will need to replace the post’s concrete foundation and allow the new post to set in its new foundation for about three days. Mid-Atlantic Deck & Fence can help supply you with any parts you need.
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