Exposure to the elements can take a toll on wooden fence posts, and one rotted fence post can take down an entire fence. Fortunately, with just a day’s work, you can dig out an old post and replace it with a brand new one, saving the entire fence from additional repairs and your wallet from additional expenses. Here’s what you’ll need for this intermediate level project:
- Post Hole Digger
- Reciprocating Saw
- Fence Post
- Fast Setting Concrete
- Ceramic Coated Screws
Before taking on this DIY task, be sure to equip yourself with the proper safety gear.
Detach rails. Start by detaching the rails from the fence post you’ll be removing. If necessary, use a reciprocating saw to cut through nails or screws.
Remove old post. Pull the old post from the ground. If it’s set in concrete, you’ll need to break up the concrete and remove that as well.
Enlarge hole. Your post hole should be at least eighteen inches deep. You may need to enlarge it to ensure your new post is secure.
Install new post. Use a tight line to make sure your new post is properly aligned. Set the post in place, making sure it’s level is the tops of your other posts. Keep your shovel handy, as you may to may need to dig your post hole a bit deeper.
Secure new post. Quick setting concrete is a convenient way to secure your new post in place, as it eliminates the need to premix concrete. Pour the concrete mix into the hole. Check the post for level. Then, add the specified amount of water. Let dry per the manufacturer’s instructions before continuing.
Attach rails. Line up one of the rails so it’s flush with your new post. Then, attach it with screws at the top, middle, and bottom. Fasten the rail and the new post at an angle. Then, repeat with the other rail.
Your repair is complete. Step back and enjoy your brand-new fence post.