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Fence repair isn’t always a complicated process. Minor issues can be resolved in a matter of minutes, and they could add to the life of your fencing. Bigger matters should be left to the pros, but there are some quick fence repairs you can tackle on your own. Check out these DIY fence repair tips from All Around Fence.
Tighten the Screws around the Fencing
As fencing materials expand and contract, the screws holding the fence together may loosen with time. This is most common in wood fences, where the wood goes through big shifts throughout the year.
Grab your cordless drill and tighten up the screws around your fencing. This is not a difficult process, but it may be a little tedious. If you feel overwhelmed about tightening the entire fence, break it up into sections. Do one side one day, and move onto another side the following weekend. You should only need to do this once a year, depending on the stability of your fence.
Replace a Broken Fence Picket
Sometimes fence damage is targeted to one or two fence pickets. It’s easy to replace them if you can find comparable materials. If you have a custom fence or an intricate design on the top, it may be a little harder to replace a picket. For a standard wood fence with no bells and whistles though, all you have to do is undo the screws and screw in the new picket.
Note that the targeted damage may be an indicator of bigger problems brewing. Inspect the pickets around the damaged one to check for early signs of issues. The sooner you can contain the problem, the less you’ll have to repair.
Create a Temporary Support for Leaning Fencing
If a section of your fence is leaning, you could create a temporary support until you get the posts reset. Use a long 2×4 to push the fence back into an upright position, and then hammer it into the ground to create a wedge. The ground, the fence and your support board should form a right triangle. This solution won’t last forever, but it can prevent the fence from leaning even further.
Fence Cleaning and Damage Prevention
You can prevent fence damage before it happens by cleaning off your fence line. Don’t let leaf piles sit around the fence for too long because they’re going to trap moisture onto the fencing. This can lead to rot on a wood fence, mold on a vinyl fence, or rust on a chain link fence.
Clean your fence periodically, and stain your fence if it’s wood. Cleaning techniques vary by fence material, but most take little time at all. If you want personalized suggestions for how to protect your fence, we’d by happy to help. Contact All Around Fence to learn more.
Know When It’s Time to Call in the Pros
Some fence repairs are quick and easy, but many are tedious and dangerous. Know when you’re out of your depths, and don’t be afraid to call a licensed fence company. They have the tools, knowledge and experience to complete fence repairs quickly, and you might be surprised by how affordable it is!
All Around Fence offers reliable fence repair and fence replacement. We serve several communities in the Baltimore Metro, including Howard County, Baltimore County and Anne Arundel County. Reach out to (443) 838-9374 to schedule an estimate for professional fence repair. Our fence company is fully insured.