How To Fix A Broken Fence Post And Make Your Life Easier Later!
TIRED OF RIPPING OUT CONCRETE TO FIX A BROKEN POST? HERE'S HOW TO AVOID THAT NEXT TIME! USE A BRACKET, EASY PEASY
The west side of our backyard fence takes the brunt of bad weather coming in, as well as the large dogs of the renters who live behind us jumping on it. They're the kind of dogs that bark are not, well, trained shall we say. So Hubby Dave found three broken posts. We need to fix them as we didn't want the dogs in our yard. We also have an urban coop! Not a good idea.
Previously when we had put posts in the ground we used gravel and then a layer the concrete, standard installation. The problem was when the posts broke you have to dig out all the concrete. There's some nice post brackets you can buy now, about $30.00 each with the bolts to solve that problem!
Bolts and washers
It's a bit of an investment but once you put the post in the bracket and set it in cement, you're done. Just level and brace until it's set up. The advantages if the post itself ever breaks you simply unbolt, pop out the post and add a new post into the bracket! No more busting out concrete. So we decided to invest in three and it works great! We did re-use the fence clips on the stringer boards, since they were fine.
Dave broke out the concrete, got the new brackets on the posts, mixed the concrete, set in the holes, leveled, braced and all done! We left braced for 24 hours. The great thing is we will re-use the posts that were broken, just cut that off end and re-use the shorter ones around the garden.
All done! See more photos on my blog!!!
Visual of how it works, but we used bolts not screws. Next time a post breaks un-bolt, pop in a new post and bolt in. All done, no more breaking out concrete and having to dispose of it! Cost about $50.00 for bracket, cement and bolts per post.
- CBSQ Galvanized Standoff Column Base for 6x6 Nominal Lumber with SDS S (Home Depot)
- Portland Cement (Home Depot)
- Pressure treated 4" x4"