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Reclaim a
leaning Fence

There are many reasons people
decide to install a fence around
the perimeter of their property.
They offer immense privacy,
security and an easy way to
ensure pets and children have a
safe place to play.
However, when elements like
strong winds cause posts and
panels to lean, they cause an
unsightly aesthetic.
If your barrier has seen better
days, there are ways to resurrect
it without completing a major
renovation project. Whether you
are preparing your home for the
market or inheriting someone
else’s leaning fence in a newhome purchase, make the repairs
sooner rather than later to avoid
more damage.

Why a Fence is
Leaning

Before you attempt to correct a
leaning fence, it’s important to
know where things went wrong
in the first place. Here are a few
factors that may be impacting the
uniformity of your fence line:
• Rotting wood is often caused
by using material not rated for

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Fixing a post

a fence or exposure to elements
such as rain and wind;
• When posts are installed too
shallow, they will not be durable
enough to stand firm during
high winds or excessive ground
moisture; and
• Even pressure-treated wood is
liable to warp over time due to
moisture causing it to swell and
dry out.
Depending on what is behind
the lean, the steps you take
to alleviate a problem may
be different. For instance, if
the wood is in fact rotting, a
simple fix isn’t an option and a
replacement of the compromised
post is necessary.

However, if your anchors are in
good condition, try these steps
to correct a leaning fence before
investing in a complete overhaul.

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needed

Your biggest asset to correct a
leaning post is a fence mender.
You can find one at your local
hardware store. It is essentially a
strip of heavy-duty metal lined
with holes to attach screws to an
anchor. You should also pick up
few bags of concrete, but make
sure it’s rated for fenceposts or
you will find yourself repeating
the same repair.

The first step is assessing the
damage causing the lean. Clean
the area around a post and dig
to discover the integrity of the
buried wood and. If you don’t
discover rot, you’ll likely see
compromised concrete. Remove
the busted rock to clear way for a
fresh layer.
With the help of a level, position
the post to an upright state. Ask
a friend to hold it in place while
you set the mender. Using a
small sledge hammer, drive the
steel strip into the ground so it
rests snugly against the straight
post and the screw openings are
exposed.
Next you want to drill deck
screws into the mender to anchor
it against your post. Once the
fence is straight, you can reset the
concrete. Follow the directions on
the bag to ensure the concrete
creates a durable bond.

a Lending hand

If this type of repair is outside of
your comfort zone, don’t hesitate
to call in a professional. When not
done correctly, a repair may cause
more extensive damage to your
barrier.

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