With the wild weather that the UK has been experiencing it’s not surprising that there have been one or two fences blown down, old rotten foundations have been found wanting in the face of turbulent winds.
0800 Handyman have come up with a simple guide to undertaking fence post repair yourself or at the very least gain an understanding of the problem when setting out to find an appropriate professional to do it for you.
So here’s the method:
First you’re going to have to start by removing the old foundations; this is going to take a little bit of effort depending on how deep the previous foundations went. You will probably find you need to go down approx. 2 ft deep. If the foundations don’t go that far we suggest excavating the extra amount in order to get a solid basis for your post.
If you have a roll of string you can erect a line across the gap between the posts to help you track the correct place to position your new post.
Place the post in hole, using the string line and a spirit level to gauge height and position of post.
Screw the panel to your new post; this may require a second pair of hands if you’re not a tradesman.
Check post is vertical with spirit level using your string line to gauge height and position. If you don’t have string available you can judge the positions by eye, by looking down the line of the panels.
Next add some form of drainage material around bottom of the post to allow drainage, such as pea gravel. (You may find with a wooden post that it rots away quite quickly if water is allowed to pool in an enclosed gap around your foundations and who wants to do this twice in a year!)fence post repair
Add concrete into the gap around the post whilst checking the level.
Fit the final panel; if the fit is on the tight side you can tap in using a hammer and a block. Once your panel is in place screw into place as before.
Finally check the post is still level and add a post cap to help prevent rotting.
There you have it, all done! Of course if this all feels like too much work don’t worry, give 0800 Handyman a call and we’ll be out in no time to complete your fence post repair.