should provide you with many years of service; more if you make certain that it
is adequately preserved and you carry out routine maintenance check-ups.
If at all
possible, buy fence timber which has been factory-impregnated with
preservative, as this is considerably more effective in infiltrating below the
surface of the wood than home applied treatments. When erecting a fence, any
cut ends must be soaked in preservative for a day before use.
fences are built of natural rot-resisting timber, like cedar or oak, you\’ll
also need to treat them regularly with a wood preservative. Re-apply
solvent-based products every two or three years and water-based preservatives
or creosote every four years.
an effective and popular treatment for preserving fencing. Nevertheless, it’s
got a very strong smell, which many people may find objectionable. It’s also
poisonous if inhaled, ingested or absorbed through your skin, which means you
must wear protective clothing when applying it. Because of this, creosote isn’t
suitable for fences which support plants.
Water Based Preservatives
generally a lot less noxious to plants and also less unpleasant to use. They
prevent the growth of surface molds and enhance the physical appearance of the
timber. However, they’re normally less effective at controlling rot.
of preservatives produce a barrier that helps prevent water penetration, making
the timber too dry for bacterial action.
Fixing Support Posts
important problems which develop as fence ages are broken timber support posts.
If the damage reaches soil level, the best way of fixing is using a concrete
spur – this is a small post sunk into the ground alongside the current one and
bolted to it to give support.
Dig a hole
45-60 cm (18-24 in) deep about the damaged post and cut off the rotten part.
cut end of the timber post with a wood preservative.
concrete spur in the hole, resting it against the post, and pack hardcore
around the bottom to support it.
through the holes in the spur and tap them with a hammer hard enough to leave
an impression on the wooden post.
bolts and spur and then drill holes through the post for your bolts.
concrete spur onto the post, tightening the nuts on the spur side so that the
wooden post is not harmed.
certain that the post and spur are vertical if necessary brace them in position
temporarily with stakes driven into the ground.
hole using a fairly stiff concrete mix tamping it down securely to remove any
concrete has set (usually after around a week), get rid of the supporting
stakes and saw off any excess length from the protruding bolts.
Repairing Arris Rails
arris rails can be easily repaired with specially angled metal brackets. These
can be found in styles either to support a rail which has rotted where the … READ MORE