How to Brace Fences

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Fences that are in imminent danger of a weather event such as a tropical storm or hurricane can be braced or reinforced to prevent damage. Fences that are dilapidated can also be braced or reinforced to keep them secure and in place. Bracing or reinforcing a fence not only makes it more sturdy, it extends the life of a fence substantially. To brace a fence, all you'll need are a few tools and some lumber beams.

Things You'll Need

  • 2-inch by 4-inch pressure-treated lumber
  • Tape measure
  • Notepad
  • Goggles
  • Dust mask
  • Table saw or circular saw
  • Drill
  • Screw gun and screws
  • Measure the height and width of the fence panels with a tape measure. Generally, fence panels are 6-feet high by 8- to 10-feet wide. Count the number of panels you are bracing to know how many lumber beams you will need to brace the entire fence. Write down the figures on a notepad.

  • Put on goggles and a dust mask. Cut 2-inch by 4-inch pressured treated lumber beams to fit diagonally across each of the fence panels. For instance, if the panels are 6 feet by 8 feet, and you have 25 panels, you'll need to cut 25 9-foot-long beams to brace the whole fence.

  • Drill pilot holes in both ends and the middle of the cut lumber using a bit slightly smaller than the diameter of the screws.

  • Place the lumber beams against the fence diagonally from top to bottom. Secure each lumber beam to every fence panel with screws on both ends and the middle using a screw gun.

Tips & Warnings

  • For added bracing, you may cut more lumber beams to fit across the other beams in an "X" pattern and fasten them to each fence panel with screws.
  • You may also paint the lumber braces to match the fence, if applicable.

References

  • "Fences, Gates, and Bridges And How to Build Them"; George A. Marti; 2008
  • "Porches, Decks and Fences"; Time-Life Books; 1994
  • Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images
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