If your landscape has a wood fence, you probably love the overall look it gives to your property. Just as anything else around the home, your fence may need some repair from time to time. A fallen fence rail is unsightly and can also compromise the integrity of your fence.
However, fixing the rail is something you can do yourself. This guide gives you five steps to repair the fence rail to get your fence back in great condition:
Step 1: Collect the Needed Supplies
- pressure-treated 2x4
- tape measure
- circular saw
- box of long wood nails
- tube of silicone caulk
- caulking gun
- utility knife
- stain or paint
- safety glasses or goggles
Step 2: Measure and Cut the Wood
Put on your safety goggles. Measure about a foot on the 2x4 and mark the spot with the pencil. Then cut the mark with the circular saw.
Step 3: Attach the Wood to the Rail
Lift the fallen rail back to where it should be. Place the 2x4 you just cut under the rail to hold it in place.
Secure it all it all together by driving nails through the rail, 2x4 and fence post. Use as many nails as necessary to secure the three together.
Step 4: Caulk the Wood
Load the tube of caulk into the caulking gun and cut the tip at a slight angle with the utility knife. Caulk the wood to protect it from rotting due to the elements by applying a thin line between the rail, post and the 2x4 and any other cracks that you see. Wait an hour or so for the caulk to dry before moving on to the next step.
Step 5: Stain or Paint the Wood
Paint or stain the 2x4 so it matches the rest of the fence. Make sure to also cover the edges and top including the caulk so that everything blends nicely with the fence. A good paint job makes a big difference so expect to spend a several minutes on this step to ensure it is done well.
Once you've completed the painting, allow it to dry and check to see if it needs a second coat before you put the paint away. You'll know it needs a second coat if some areas are not as dark as others.
Expect to spend several hours working on this project, including the time it takes for the caulk and paint to dry. If you run into any issues with these steps, ask your landscaper for additional help. For more help with your landscape design, contact a company like.