How to fix a leaning fence
here are many problems with a leaning fence. A fence that is upright gives the proper amount of security, but a leaning fence doesn’t protect a space that is restricted. A leaning fence presents a security as well as a safety problem. It also looks unattractive and stands out negatively on a landscape. When it comes to fences, they are usually made of wire as well as wooden posts that, because of time, lean or sage due to wood decay, strong winds, excessive weight and movements in the ground. However, you don’t have to install an entirely new fence. You can fix a leaning fence without having to spend a fortune on a new one.
Begin by clearing the ground around the posts. This way, you can get a clear view of what is happening.
It’s at the posts where the leaning happens. In this case, the posts may be decayed or snapping apart. You may have to repair or reset the concrete.
If there is a need to replace the concrete or if there is no concrete, dig a hole that is 6 inches around the posts. You’ll find it more convenient if the hole can be dug on both sides. However, if this can’t be done, don’t worry. Repairing the fence can be quickly done from your side.
To dig far enough around the fence post until you can push it back upright, use a shovel. Then beside each fence post, dig the soil deep from the side of the post where it inclines and gather the dirt in small mounds.
You’ll need to drive the 36-inch long stake into the ground using a sledgehammer. Do this until you have 12 inches left above the surface of the ground. Ensure that the stake is positioned six feet from each leaning fence post, but in the opposite direction of the lean and parallel to the plumb position of the fence. Drive the stakes into the ground parallel to each other.
Now push the fence post upright until level. Do it in the direction against the lean. Be sure to use a level to tell if the post is erect. Also, be sure to hold the level in a vertical position against the fence post.
Have someone assist you to hold the post upright while you extend the 8 foot-long 2 by 4 diagonally from the tallest point of the fence post to the parallel stake. Be sure to wedge the lower end into ground to prevent it from moving. Then rest the bottom end against the stake.
Hit a nail through the covert located in the fence post. Be sure not to drive the nail entirely through. The covert has to be removed after the repair. Remember that the covert is a temporary prop holding the post in position until fully repaired.
Take concrete and pour it into the open area that surrounds each leaning fence post until the concrete is two inches from the surface. It should take the concrete 24 hours to cure.
Be sure that the cement has cured fully before packing the soil into the hole around each post that has been newly repaired. It needs to be level with the surrounding soil. Pack it firmly before removing the 2 by 4 stakes and lumbar.
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