It sounds like a daunting job to carry out Fence Repairs in Adelaide but it is not as hard as it may seem. It takes a bit of elbow grease and simple tools you probably already have in your shed or garage. Where do you begin? Firstly, you have to assess both the project and the damage. Did the post rot and break or was it sheared off due to nasty weather? Is there still a stump remaining or is it broken off at ground or concrete level? Do not be afraid, Fence Repairs in Adelaide are moderately difficult and should take merely close to 1 to 2 hours of your time to complete, thereafter your fence will be good as brand new. Fences in Adelaide have to stand firm because of the harsh climatic conditions.
Characteristically, most fence posts are set in the ground using concrete but a few are installed using packed dirt. If there is no concrete at the ground level, just take an ordinary shovel and dig down a few inches and see if you hit concrete. Most of the fence posts are set in concrete.
There are various schools of thought when it comes to removing existing posts and carrying out Fence Repairs in Adelaide. Some people opt for the smash and grab technique that is simply making use of a hammer and chisel or pry bar to break the concrete into smaller pieces and pull them out of the hole one by one. The technique does work but involves a lot of work and it can take between 1 and 2 hours of labour to extract the concrete from the existing hole. It is easy if you have to replace a single post but if there are multiple, the work involved is extremely tedious and tiring. There are better ways!
A popular method of carrying out Fence Repairs in Adelaide is to take a long, skinny bladed shovel and dig out the dirt to the side of the concrete, thereby exposing the side of the concrete block. Remember to pile the dirt close to the hole as the dirt you remove would be used to repack the hole. If a stump from the existing post is still in place, you can make use of it and begin moving the concrete block back & forth using the novel pocket space you have just created. Once it’s loose, you should be able to make use of your shovel or pry bar as a lever and then lift the concrete block from that hole. Fence Repairs in Adelaide demands physical hard work and strength. Be very careful and make sure that you lift with your legs because the concrete block can weigh as much as 80 pounds. If the existing post is no longer attached to the concrete, you should be able to make use of a pry bar or your shovel to move the concrete block back & forth in a similar manner loosening it from its original position. Once, the block becomes movable, use the same process but please be careful to make use of proper lifting techniques while removing the concrete. A doctor’s visit is not prescribed when carrying out Fence Repairs in Adelaide.
Once the block has been removed, use the dirt you had removed from the excavation to fill in the 6 to 8 inches you had originally dug out. Be doubly sure to pack the dirt solidly because it will provide the lateral support for the novel post when it’s in position. The concrete you make use of when you set the novel post will provide a lot of support but the better you pack the dirt, the better will be the result. You should be left with a standard hole – approximately 24 inches deep and 8 to 12 inches wide.
The next step in your process of Fence Repairs in Adelaide would be to take your clam digger and dig out approximately 2 inches at the bottom of the hole. Thereafter, add loose gravel in those 2 inches for drainage purpose, to keep water away from the post’s bottom. Once you have the base in place, it is time to install the replacement post.
Grab your replacement post and place it in the hole. If you have a helper with you, have them hold the post and ensure it lines up correctly with the fence and also the old post you just removed. Now, open an 80-pound bag of concrete and pour it dry into the hole. Your own protection is very important while carrying out Fence Repairs in Adelaide. Make sure that you are wearing eye protection and cover your mouth so you don’t inhale the concrete dust that usually spews out of the hole when you pour in the mixture. Grab your garden hose of water and start pouring into the hole. Make sure to pour around the novel post in a circular fashion to ensure you get the entire top layer of the concrete wet. The water will begin to bubble. Continue to add more water until it pools a bit. At this very point, take your pry bar and start poking it to help get the water flow down to the bottom. Also, remove the air bubbles that form.
Fence Repairs in Adelaide aren’t that easy. It has not ended yet. Now, take your level and ensure that the post is standing firm in its upright vertical position. Once the post is level, make use of pieces of wood to create a stand at the bottom to keep the post still while the concrete properly sets up overnight. The concrete will begin setting and should be ready the next day to hang the fence pieces once again.
The next day, you’ll be able to reaffix the fence to the post and it’ll be good as novel. Before you attach the old fence pieces, check the height of the fence post as compared to the other posts in the fence line. It should be in line. Be sure to use screws when you attach the fence back into the novel post. This will keep it firm in harsh weather.
Fence Repairs in Adelaide take approximately 60 to 90 minutes to complete. If you need professional help, make contact with Trade Focus Handyman. We can also help you with Fly Screen Repair in Adelaide.