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It’s not unusual for stormy weather, like Storm Freya, to cause chaos on your property. Don’t be surprised if you’re faced with various repair jobs in your garden after so much wind. Fallen trees and broken fences are just two examples and although it’s frustrating, there are steps you can take to deal with the damage.
Fix It As Soon As Possible
In the case of a broken fence, it’s important to mend it as soon as possible. When wood is damaged and damp it is likely to rot, so the problem will only get worse if you prolong fixing it.
Evaluate the Damage
Before attempting to fix the fence, you need to understand what it is you’re dealing with so you’ll have to evaluate how much damage there is. Wait for the stormy weather to improve and make sure you have the right tools; it might just be something a little duct tape can solve. On the other hand, you might find that your fence needs to be completely replaced, and attempting to repair it would be a waste of time.
Speak to Your Neighbours
When working on your fence, make sure you discuss your plans with your neighbours beforehand. You must confirm who the fence actually belongs before carrying out any work on it.
Don’t forget to take precautions when doing DIY work. Consider whether the repair project will require a helping hand so that you don’t hurt or over exert yourself. There might be sharp bits of broken wood or nails, so be very careful and wear the appropriate safety gear.
Replace the Posts
After removing the damaged wooden posts using a pry bar, swap them with new posts and fit them in the new gap. The new posts must be level and then you can hammer them to the frame of the fence.
Paint the Posts
Once the new posts are in place you might choose to paint them, but this is an optional extra. Be sure to choose the colour wisely so it matches the original colour.