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Learn how you can fix your leaning fence


A leaning fence can result in quite a few problems. An upright fence offers better security, but leaning fencing just won’t protect restricted space. Leaning fences don’t just pose security issues but also safety complications. They don’t look attractive, and they can detract from the visual aesthetic of a landscape. In terms of fences, they’re often made using wire or wooden posts. In time, these will sag or lean due to ground movement, extra weight, high wind, or just wood decay. Still, putting in a whole new fence isn’t necessary. You can fix up your leaning fencing short of splurging on a new installation.

Start by clearing out the ground around your fence posts. Doing this will help you see what is actually going on.

Leaning happens at the posts, after all. Posts might have started decaying or even snapped apart. The concrete might need to be reset or repaired.

If you need to replace any concrete, or should there not even be any to start with, then dig a hole 6 inches around each post. If you can dig the hole from both sides, then things will be easier. Don’t stress over it if you can’t do it though. You can do quick-enough fence repairs from just one side.

Step One

Use a shovel so you can dig far enough around each fence post to the point you can push it back into an upright position. Then, along with every fence post, also dig soil deep on the side where the inclination happens. Gather your dirt into small mounds.

Step Two

Drive a 36-in. stake into the soil with a sledgehammer. Pound it in until only 12 inches is remaining above the ground’s top surface. Make sure the stake is 6 feet away from every leaning post, but also be sure it’s in the direction opposite of the lean while parallel to the fence’s plumb position. Drive each stake into the terrain while parallel to one another.

Step Three

Push your fence posts upright until they are level. Do this in the direction going against the leaning. Use a level to make sure each post is properly erect. Also, make sure you hold your level in vertical positioning when against each fence post.

Step Four

Have somebody help you hold each post in an upright position while you extend an 8-ft. long 2×4 in a diagonal fashion from each fence post’s actual tallest point to the parallel stake. Make sure you wedge its lower end down into the ground to keep it from physically moving. Then, you can just rest the bottom end up against the stake.

Step Five

Find the covert in the fence post and then hit a nail through it. Don’t drive the nail all the way through, however. You’ll need to remove the covert once the repair is complete. Keep in mind that this covert is just a temporary prop that’s holding the post in the proper position until the repair is complete.

Step Six

Take concrete before pouring it into the dug-out open area which surrounds every leaning fence post. Do this until the concrete is just 2 inches from the terrain’s surface. Allow at least 24 hours for the concrete to cure.

Step Seven

Make sure the cement is fully cured before packing soil back into the holes surrounding every now-repaired post. The concrete has to be level with all surrounding soil. Pack it firmly in before removing the lumbar and 2×4 stakes.

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