How to Repair a Wooden Privacy Fence

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Wooden privacy fences are great for keeping animals and children in your yard and they offer you some peace from neighbors. However, since they are made of wood they are susceptible to damage particularly if they are not maintained properly. If some boards are dry-rotting or you have had a branch fall on a section then you need to make repairs. These are not difficult.

Things You'll Need

  • Safety glasses
  • Leather gloves
  • Replacement boards (Or a new 8-foot section depending on the damage)
  • Hammer
  • Nails (Two inch nails are best)
  • Deck screws
  • Dual action power drill.
  • Stain or weather sealer
  • 2 inch paintbrush (4 inch if you are replacing the 8-foot section)

Replacing Damaged Individual Boards

  • Put on glasses and gloves to ensure you will not get any splinters in your eyes or hands. Remove damaged boards with the claw end of the hammer.

  • Position the new board and make sure it is even with other boards. Drive one nail into the top left and one nail in the bottom, then add nails top and bottom. You need two nails in the top and two in the bottom; if there is a middle cross board, you need at least one nail there.

  • Stain or weather seal the new board with the two inch brush. Allow to dry. When that dries add a second coat.

Replacing a Whole Fence Section

  • Remove the damaged section. These are normally held by screws, but if they are held with nails pry the nails out.

  • Level the new section with the old sections. Use a power drill to drive a deck screw into the top right of the new section. Add a screw to the left side, then more screws in the bottom left and right. It is advisable to add at least one more screw to the top and bottom corners.

  • Stain or weather seal the new section with the 4-inch brush. Allow to dry and then apply a second coat.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are replacing a whole section it is best to have an extra person to help you.

References

  • "Better Homes and Gardens Fences and Gates: Step-by-Step Instructions (Better Homes & Gardens Do It Yourself)", Better Homes & Gardens, 2008
  • Photo Credit Tree damages the fences. image by Greyt1 from Fotolia.com
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