Fixing a Leaning Fence

Generally speaking, there are many issues with a leaning fence. An upright fence usually gives the right amount of security, while a leaning fence does not protect a restricted space. Not only does a leaning fence present a security problem, but it also poses a safety risk. What’s more, it doesn’t look pleasing and stands out negatively on a given landscape. With fences, they’re typically built of wire and wooden posts that, due to time, sage or lean because of movements in the ground, excessive weight, strong winds, and wood decay. However, you don’t need to fit a completely new fence. You could re-install a leaning fence without incurring a hefty cost on a new one.

Start by clearing the ground surrounding the posts. That way, you will enjoy a clear view of what is going on. Mostly, it is at these posts where the leaning occurs. In this situation, the posts might be snapping apart or decayed. You might have to reset the concrete or consider repairing it.

In case there’s no concrete, or you have to replace the concrete, dig a hole that is about 6 inches surrounding the posts. It would even be more convenient if that hole would be dug on both sides. But if this cannot be done, no need to worry! Repairing that fence can be promptly performed from your side.

Step 1

Use a shovel to dig further around that fence until you may push it back upright. Next, beside every fence post, ensure to dig the soil deep from the post’s side where it inclines and collects the dirt in small mounds.

Step 2

Use a sledgehammer to drive the 36-inch long stake deep into the ground. Continue doing this until you get 12 inches left above the ground surface. Ensure that the stake is placed six feet from every leaning fence post; however, in the lean’s opposite direction and parallel to the fence’s plumb position. Drive these stakes into the ground as you ensure they remain parallel to one another.

Step 3

Push your fence post upright until it’s level. Maintain the direction against the lean while doing this. Make sure to apply a level to determine whether the post is erect. What’s more, ensure that the level remains in a vertical position against your fence post.

Step 4

Get someone to help you hold the post upright as you extend the eight-foot-long from the fence post’s tallest point to the parallel stake. Ensure that you wedge its lower end into the ground to stop it from moving. Afterwards, rest the bottom end against that stake.

Step 5

Now hit the nail via the covert situated in the fence post. Ensure that you don’t drive the nail fully through. Typically, the covert needs to be removed after the repair. Don’t forget that the covert acts as a temporary prop supporting the post until completely repaired.

Step 6

Take the concrete and then pour it into the open area surrounding every leaning fence post until that concrete is two inches from the ground surface. In most cases, curing of the concrete takes 24 hours.

Step 7

Ensure that the post has cured entirely, and then pack the soil into the hole surrounding every post that has been recently repaired. It requires to be level with the surrounding soil. Be sure to pack it firmly and remove the lumbar and two by four stakes.

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