Fence Repair

Written by Charles Peacock
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Fences can be a great addition to your property, since they have both aesthetic and functional purposes. If you already have a fence on your property, there may come a time when you need to repair it or even expand it. Whether or not you installed the original fence yourself, fixing it up or extending it is a relatively simple procedure.

How to Repair a Fence

The first step in repairing a fence is determining the type of materials that you're going to need. This means figuring out exactly what type of wood the fence is made out of. If you have a hard time finding matching boards or posts, talk to someone at a local lumber yard and see if they can special order them for you.

Once you've figured out the type of wood you need, you'll need to calculate how much you have to buy. As with any construction project, it's always a good idea to buy a little extra. This will give you the freedom to make mistakes (which are bound to happen) and will also leave you with a few extra boards to make repairs in the future.

Once you've made your fence repairs, you might find that the coloring of the new wood doesn't exactly match that of the original posts and beams. There are two solutions in this situation: you can either wait for the wood to be seasoned by the elements (which takes less time than you might think--usually only a season or two) or you can repaint or stain the entire fence. There are also some interesting "weathering" methods that you can use on unstained wood to make it look older than it actually is.

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