Fences play an integral part in Australian homes, offering both security and aesthetic appeal to properties. Over time, however, they can sustain damages due to various factors such as weather conditions, natural decay, and the occasional errant cricket ball. Addressing these issues promptly can prolong your fence’s lifespan and maintain its functionality. In this blog post, we will delve into the art of mending and present you with a comprehensive guide to fixing common fence damage.
Addressing Loose or Missing Pickets
Picket fences are a classic choice for many Australian homes due to their charming appeal. However, over time, pickets can become loose or even fall off.
- Reattaching Loose Pickets: Start by removing any loose nails from both the picket and the rail. Apply a generous amount of exterior-grade wood glue to the rail where the picket will be reattached. Align the picket carefully, then secure it using galvanised nails or screws.
- Replacing Missing Pickets: If a picket is missing or damaged beyond repair, it’s best to replace it entirely. Match the replacement picket to the existing ones in terms of size and design. Use the same attachment method as above to secure the new picket.
Repairing a Leaning Fence
A leaning fence not only loses its aesthetic appeal but can also compromise the security of your home. Leaning is typically due to loosened fence posts.
- Realigning Fence Posts: Begin by removing any attached fencing materials such as panels or rails. Then, dig around the base of the leaning post and straighten it. Pour in a quick-setting concrete mix and add water according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Brace the post while the concrete sets to ensure it remains straight.
Fixing a Sagging Gate
Gates tend to sag over time due to the weight they carry. Fixing a sagging gate can add years to its life and also enhance the overall look of your fence.
- Repairing a Sagging Gate: If the gate is sagging towards one corner, installing a turnbuckle support can help. This support consists of a steel cable and a turnbuckle. Attach one end of the cable to the top corner of the gate on the hinge side, and the other end to the bottom corner on the latch side. Tighten the turnbuckle to add tension, which will lift the sagging corner.
Mending Split or Broken Rails
Over time, wooden fence rails can split or break due to weather conditions or impacts. While small splits can often be ignored, larger ones can compromise the fence’s structural integrity.
- Repairing Split Rails: For smaller splits, waterproof wood glue can be applied within the split to hold it together. Clamp the rail until the glue has completely dried. For larger splits, consider installing a “sister” rail alongside the split one, securing it with galvanised screws.
- Replacing Broken Rails: If a rail is broken, it’s usually best to replace it entirely. Remove the broken rail and measure its length and width to cut a replacement. Fit the new rail into the existing posts, securing it with screws or nails.
Newcastle Fencing Solutions – Your Partner in Superior Fencing
Repairing common fence damages not only preserves the appearance of your property but also enhances the longevity of your fence. While these DIY solutions can solve minor issues, significant damages may require professional intervention.
Newcastle Fencing Solutions offers premier, comprehensive services for all your fencing needs. With years of experience in the industry, our team ensures exceptional workmanship and personalised solutions, tailored to each unique property and its fencing requirements.
From routine repairs to full-scale installations, we’re more than equipped to help you maintain the integrity of your fences. Embrace the peace of mind that comes with a sturdy and strong fence, and let us handle your fencing concerns with professionalism and efficiency.