When should I replace my fence post?
First start by looking at the condition of your wood fence post. Depending on how badly they are damaged, some fence posts will pull right out of the ground. If the wood crumbles in your hands or the rot or termite damage covers more than about 30% of the post, you will need to replace the entire post.
How much does it cost to replace a wooden fence post?
Replacing a fence post costs $270. Most homeowners pay between $140 and $400. If a fence post has sustained significant damage as the result of a collision with a car or other object, it’s often best to replace it to ensure the structural integrity of the fence.
Can fence posts be replaced?
Replacing a wood fence post while leaving the rest of the fence intact requires some patience and surgical precision. But post replacement is a very inexpensive project that is worthwhile because it can save the rest of your fence.
How do you shore a wooden fence post?
Leave your post braces in for a few days, and you should be able to reinstall your fence panel. For a stronger solution, pour a bag of fast-setting concrete directly into your new hole and around the base of the post. Next, slowly pour about a gallon of water into the hole and soak all the way through the dry concrete.
Is 2 feet deep enough for fence posts?
2 feet is the minimum depth that you should dig your fence post holes for. To dig the holes one-third to one-half of the post’s aboveground height, is a general formula. The deeper you dig the holes, the more stability your fence has.
How do you stabilize a post?
Here’s what to do:
- Take out adjacent fence construction.
- Cut or buy a few tapered (top to bottom) surveyor stakes about 24 inches long.
- Drive a stake into the ground next to the post or next to the concrete.
- Pull the stake.
- Fill the hole with water and level the post.
- Add dry premixed concrete to the top of the hole.
Why are my fence posts wobbling?
Posts that have been in the ground for less than five years usually wobble because of improper installation; ordinarily, tightening them is fairly easy. In older fences, decay is more likely the culprit. Although strengthening a decayed post sometimes works, the best solution is to replace it.