Tampa Handyman Tips: Fixing Broken Fences & Fence Problems
If your property is fenced, there’s a good chance your fence has seen damage or wear over the years. In other cases, poor installation can lead to immediate problems. If you’re experiencing fence problems, you can either fix them yourself or call in Tampa’s trusted handyman service at ANDY OnCall® for help.
Below, we’ve listed some of the most common fence problems, along with the appropriate fixes. Whether you’re a Tampa homeowner performing a DIY fence repair or getting help from the handymen at ANDY OnCall®, this guide will help you determine the right course of action for your fence.
Fixing Wooden Fences
Wooden fences — whether made with treated or untreated wood — will degrade over time. When your fence starts to show damage, it can be tempting to rip out your whole fence and start fresh, but that’s not always your best option. Many of the most common wooden fence problems can be fixed with a little elbow grease or help from Tampa’s trusted handyman service.
- Broken Posts and Slats. In most wooden fences, it’s possible to remove and replace broken posts, slats, and other damaged sections.
- Loose Fence Post. Depending on the cause of a loose fence post, you may need to remove and replace the post, or simply brace the post with a splint.
- Sagging Fence Rails. A sagging fence rail can be reinforced with braces or fasteners.
- Damaged Gate Hinges. If your fence’s gate is sagging, you can re-hang the fence with new hinges. In some cases, the posts the gate is hung on will need fixing or replacing.
Fixing Chain Link Fences
Chain link fences are known for their affordability, but they can be susceptible to damage, whether by falling tree limbs, auto collisions, or trespassers. Fixing a chain link fence will depend on whether the damage is to the post/rail, the chain link, or both.
- Bent or Broken Posts/Rails. Chain link fence posts can usually be removed and replaced fairly easily. Make sure before replacing posts or rails that you check for damage along the entire length of fence.
- Bent or Broken Chain Link. If a section of chain link is damaged, it is usually best to replace the full section between two posts.
Fixing Other Fence Types
Other types of fences can also be fixed to avoid wholesale replacement in case of damage. Depending on the type of fence you own, fixes can range from fairly simple DIY projects to others that require the assistance of a professional handyman.
- Vinyl Fencing. Small holes and minor damage to vinyl fencing can be fixed using auto body filler. With larger damage, sections typically need to be replaced.
- Aluminum Fencing. Aluminum fencing is more susceptible to damage than other kinds of fencing, and usually requires replacement of fencing sections. In some cases, replacing a single rail or post may solve the issue.
- Cast Iron Fencing. Cast iron fencing is highly resilient against damage, but may require repairs due to rust or upheaval of the post foundation.
Have a fence to fix? Then call Tampa’s trusted handyman service at (813) 961-2600.