Install a Fence Post that will last
At Fence Daddy, we see a lot of broken fences that could have been avoided with a better post support.
In most cases the post is more important than the panel. Whether you’re building a new fence or repairing an old one, you don’t have to buy the most expensive vinyl fence panel or slats for it to last. It is possible to save money with cheap vinyl fence panels if you carefully plan and build out a solid post system.
Need help with how to repair a broken fence post? Let’s explore how to ensure your fence posts stay put.
Wood Fence Posts
Wood fence posts can be tricky but with the right knowledge and tools, you can get the job done right. First make sure you have the right kind of wood post.
If you can, stick with pressure treated pine or fir wood that is rated for ground contact. While cedar’s tight grain, resistance to rot, and lack of knots make for optimal fence material – it is less durable against soil than pressure treated pine (in posts). For this reason, it may be a good idea to use pressure treated pine for the posts and cedar for the rest of the fence. Fir often lasts longer than pine.
The most common type of wood for fence posts is cedar. It’s also more expensive. Why? Cedar is less likely to split, cup, and warp more over time. Be sure to buy a cedar post that has been treated to prevent termites. Do not set cedar directly in the soil -- instead set in concrete to prevent rotting.
Avoid rot with a few draining tricks:
Make the diameter of the hole bigger on the bottom. You can do this easily using a post hole digger. First start with the vertical hole then start to fan at an angle to get to the cone shape.
When the post dries and shrinks in winter, water will enter the hole, and it won't drain out through the bottom. The gravel allows that water to move away from the post and into the ground.
Do I have to replace the Entire Post?
In your search for how to repair a broken fence post you may be asking, “do I really have to replace the whole post?” In many cases, the answer is no. It depends on the damage. If your post was recently broken or the rot is not that extensive, it can still be saved with a fence post mender. Fence Daddy fence post mender strengthens your wood fence post in minutes. You won’t need to remove the broken post or the concrete, our system can fix fence posts while still in the ground.
The fence mender alternative is hammered into where the cement and the wood post meet which then wedges and anchors itself into the cement footing that was originally poured around the fence post. The steel reinforcement allows the fence post to be supported by the strong A31 steel, when it is drilled into the fence post. With its anti back-out teeth design and unique teeth placement, prevents future unwanted movement and dis-lodgement of the Fence Mender inside the cement.
Get more help with fence post repair here. Repairing your fence can be a simple do-it-yourself job with a little help from Fence Daddy. We’re here to help!