A wood fence doesn't have to be replaced just because it's rotting. Find out how to repair posts, rails or even entire sections of a wood fence.
Avoid letting mulch or soil pile up against the bottom of fence posts and panels. Keep hinges, latches and any moving parts well-lubricated with grease or oil. Fence post issues (rotted, loose or leaning) all require the same basic fixes. Loose or leaning posts can be reinforced.
Wooden fence panels and posts can be prone to storm damage, rot or attack by insects. And when they do need repairing, it's essential to treat them as soon as .
Start by breaking up the old concrete footing with a 3-pound sledgehammer and cold chisel. If other posts are also leaning, break the footing around them, too. Drive a stake into the ground to brace the fence, and then screw the stake to the brace with a single screw. Plumb the fence, and then clamp it to the brace.
Without proper maintenance, a fence wood will decay. Learn how to repair your fence and when it's time for a complete fence replacement.
Wood fences are vulnerable to rot damage from the elements. Depending on the extent of the damage, however, it may not be necessary to replace the fence.