Posts Tagged ‘wobbly fence’

How To Straighten A Bent Chain-Link Fence

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

If you have a chain-link fence, you know just how durable they can be. But from time to time, for whatever reason, they can become damaged. And nothing looks quite as unsightly as a bent chain-link fence. To make things even worse, a bent section of fencing can completely compromise the integrity of the rest of the fence. But what can you do? You’re no handyman.

Well, there’s hope. Fixing a chain-link fence that has become bent is not a difficult task.

This article from eHow.com explains how you can fix your bent and unsightly fence.

Once you have completed the steps below, your fence will once again be secure and aesthetically pleasing.

What to do:

1.   Pry loose the ends of the wire fence ties that hold the chain-link fabric to the bent top rail along the bent section of the fence with large pliers. Also remove the fence ties from any posts supporting the fence in that section.

2.   Unbolt both rail ends that hold the top rail on the terminal posts using the adjustable wrench and socket wrench. Pull the rail ends off the brackets they were attached to. Remove the rail ends from the bent top rail. Realign and make true the terminal and line posts, if necessary.

3.   Fit the rail ends onto each end of the new top rail. Insert the rail ends into the brackets on the terminal posts and bolt them into place.

4.   Pry the ends of two links on the left side of the chain-link fence just past the bent fence fabric. Repeat this step on the right side past the bent fabric. Remove the loose inner links in each location to release the damaged section of chain-link fabric from the rest of the fence.

5.   Cut a section of fence from a new role of fencing fabric. Align one edge of the fabric to the left edge of the existing fence. Reinsert the chain link you removed earlier to tie the existing fence fabric to the new section of fabric. Repeat this step on the other end to tie the right side of the new section to the fence.

6.   Bend the ends of the chain links back together to finish repairing the chain-link fabric.

7.   Attach the repaired fabric to the fence with wire fence ties, wrapping each tie around the top rail and posts and bending the ends of the ties around the wire in the fence fabric.

Hopefully this will help you fix that unsightly bent section of fence. But if you feel like your chain-link fence needs some professional help, contact Hercules Fence by calling (800) TU FENCE or click here today!

How to Repair a Broken Fence

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Nothing can ruin the look of your home quite like a broken down or decaying fence. But there is hope! Fixing that rundown rail or battered board is easier than you may think. Any homeowner with the proper tools can do simple fence repairs. Of course you should leave the bigger jobs to the professionals.

This article from eHow.com outlines several steps you should take to keep your fence looking great.

Repairing the Rail:

  1. Determine if the rail is salvageable or has to be completely replaced.
  2. If a horizontal rail is not rotten, hammer two pieces of 2-by-4 to the fence post directly under the damaged rail with galvanized nails to support it. Hammer the nails through the rail and into the 4-by-4-supports. A metal T-brace can also be hammered into the rail to support it.
  3. If an entire rail needs replacement, disassemble the entire section of fence.
  4. Cut individually measured rail lengths of 2-by-4 so that each rail fits tightly against the fence posts. Each rail will need to be measured because of the inconsistencies in fence sections.
  5. Nail rails into place with angled galvanized nails. The bottom rail can be positioned at grade level or up to 12 inches in height.
  6. Measure and cut individual fence boards attempting to keep all of them a standard length.
  7. Nail the boards into place using two nails at each rail. It’s best to nail the top rail first so that adjustments may be made at the lower rail. Leave a space of one board between each board as it’s nailed into the rail. Then return to the starting point and fill in the gaps.

Repairing the Post:

  1. Determine if a wobbly fence post is completely rotted. If not, it can be splinted or supported instead of being replaced.
  2. Brace the post by hammering 2-by-4-splints along the weakened area. Be sure to put one on each side.
  3. If the post is loose in the posthole, brace the post by driving stakes into the posthole along the sides of the post, pinching it into a stable position. If the post cannot be secured this way, concrete can be added to create a secure concrete base.
  4. Paint the new pieces of lumber to match the rest of the fence. Because of weathering, matching may be difficult and the entire fence may need repainting.

Of course, if the job is over-your-head it may be wise to consult a professional. If you have any questions, contact Hercules Fence by clicking here today!