Wooden privacy fences are a valuable investment for most any property. If your backyard is surrounded by a solid wood privacy fence, keeping it upright and secure is important. Sometimes, sagging posts can leave your fence unstable. In that case, you'll have to reinforce the posts to keep your fence intact. If you notice your fence leaning, there are steps you can take to add structural support. Here are some tips to help you secure those posts with a concrete filler.
Supplies You'll Need
Before you get started, take time to gather everything that you'll need. Since mixed concrete dries and sets quickly, having everything ready before you start working will help you get the job done efficiently.
Invest in a dust mask to protect yourself from the cement powder dust. You'll also want to have a pair of work gloves and safety glasses for while you're working.
Shovels and Tools
You'll want a trowel to help you work with the concrete. You'll also need a drill to secure the support beams and a level to make sure that the post is upright. You should also gather a rounded shovel, a hoe, a sledgehammer and a garden hose for water.
You can reinforce the posts with 2x4 boards, so have one on hand for each post that you need to secure. Gravel and no-mix concrete are essential for securing the base of the post.
Steps to Reinforce the Posts
Use a shovel to dig a hole around the perimeter of the fence post. Remove small amounts of soil as you go until you have a gap of several inches around the post with a depth nearly to the bottom of the fence post.
Pound support stakes into the ground a couple of feet from the post, then secure the 2x4 to the stakes with screws. Use the level to adjust the post until it is upright, then secure the post to the other end of the 2x4 with the screws.
With the post supported by the beam, fill in about a third of the hole you dug with gravel. Use a wooden beam or something similar to tamp the gravel down so that it settles. Then, fill the hole completely with no-mix concrete. Do this for every post hole before you dampen the concrete solution.
Once all of the post holes are filled in with gravel and concrete, use the hose to add water. Press down on the concrete around the post until it compacts fully and sets. The amount of water you'll need for each one will vary based on the moisture content in the soil and the brand of concrete mix you purchased. Fill in the hole the rest of the way with soil to cover the concrete. Once the concrete sets, you can remove the support beams.
If your fence is structurally unsound and just supporting the posts isn't enough, you can talk with a fencing contractor like Outdoor Fence Company about the needed repairs. Otherwise, with the tips presented here, you can support your sagging fence so that it lasts for years to come.