Repairing and Replacing Fence Posts

Fence-building and home improvement expert Jeff Beneke explains the process of repairing and replacing fence posts that have decayed or rotted.



Drive shims into the footing on all four sides of the post.
Illustration by Melanie Powell
Trim the shims level with the footing and caulk around the top to seal the joint.
Illustration by Melanie Powell
In order to repair decayed fence posts, wood blocks and a temporary brace are used. The new post is bolted to the decayed post, stretching 2 to 3 feet above the ground and using 1/2 inch by 8 inch carriage bolts.
Illustration by Melanie Powell
If a post resists being pulled out, attach a 2 x 4 lever to it with a lag screw. With one end supported by a wood or concrete block, lift the other end up to pull up the post.
Illustration by Melanie Powell
To set a new post in an oversize hole, set the post in a fiberboard form and then fill the form with concrete.
Illustration by Melanie Powell











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