Maintaining a sturdy and upright fence is crucial for both the aesthetic appeal and security of your property. As a crucial component of your garden (and potentially a sizeable investment), we highly recommend taking the time to keep it in good condition, to properly safeguard your property. Luckily, most minor fence repairs are DIY-able, or for bigger repairs, we have our trusted installer network to offer you support.
One of the most common issues that can compromise the security of your home, as well as the integrity of your fence, is a broken fence post through rot or damage. Severe wind and rain can also unseat a fence post, causing movement below ground that can create a distinctive lean. When a fence post is broken or leaning, it loses its ability to provide adequate support, allowing the entire structure to list to one side. It can also leave it more vulnerable to wind and bad weather, and will put additional strain on your other posts, potentially increasing the size of the repair. It’s therefore essential to intervene as soon as possible to minimise cost and effort.
How to tell if your fence post is broken
To determine if your fence post is indeed broken, dig a few inches below the soil and check for visible signs of a break or of rot, or whether in fact the post’s concrete footing is loose. This simple test can help you understand whether the problem lies in a broken post or if it’s simply loose from its concrete block.
When dealing with a broken fence post, you have a few options to consider. If you prefer a consistent look, replacing the entire fence post is a viable solution, albeit one that demands significant time and effort. However, for a quicker and efficient repair that maintains the aesthetics of your fence, a repair spur post support, also known as a metal spur, can be an excellent tool.
How to Repair a Broken Fence Post
Fence posts should be sturdy and resilient, helping your fencing withstand the elements. If your fence is leaning to one side or moving significantly in the wind, it is likely due to a problem with the fence posts.
a) What to do if your fence post is loose in its concrete block
First, dig the soil away from the base of the post and the concrete. Accessibility is key and will help you to assess the issue properly. For a minor wiggle, you may be able to use concrete filler in small cracks and gaps to secure the post back in place. However, in more severe cases, you will need to replace the concrete altogether. To do this, you will need to remove the post entirely, first removing the panels and then the post. Next, break up the concrete with a sledgehammer and dig it out of the ground. Then, set the post back in place, brace it in position, and backfill the hole with new Post Mix. Leave to set before reattaching the panels.
An alternative approach is to add a concrete repair spur and bolt the fence post to it. This is commonly used to add extra support, for example if the ground is lower on one side of the fence than the other.
It is likely that your old posts and new post will look a bit different, based on the weathering and age of each post. You can bring them back to a consistent look with a fresh coat of paint or stain.
b) What to do if your fence post is broken
There are two main options for a broken post. One is to repair the post with a brace, which offers a temporary extension to the life of the post. The second is to replace the post which offers significant longevity to the repair. Mostly, it depends on the condition of the rest of the fence and whether you are seeking a short-term repair ahead of medium-term fence replacement.
To replace the post entirely, select a similar style post from your local merchant. First, remove the panels, and then dig down to reveal the post and the concrete footing. Break the concrete up with a sledgehammer and remove all the pieces. Then clear a hole in the ground, install and stabilise / brace your new post, then add Post Mix and leave to set. Once fully set, reattach the fence panels. Don’t forget to responsibly dispose of the old concrete at your local recycling centre.
For a quicker, more short-term solution to your fence post repair, a fence post repair bracket (or, metal spur) is a great tool to provide stability and extend the life of your fencing. You will first have to separate the fence boards and rails from around the post. Then, dig until you expose the post’s concrete footing, hammer in the repair bracket, and attach the bracket to the post with screws. After you reattach the post, you will have a sleek repair that will further bolster your fence.
To spare yourself the time and effort, reach out to Walford Timber at 01989563614, and we’ll connect you with a skilled professional from our Installer Network. Our reliable experts are dedicated to ensuring the job is executed flawlessly, the first time round. For additional fencing maintenance insights and comprehensive guides, delve into our Knowledge Base available here: https://walfordtimber.co.uk/knowledge-base.