Leaning fence posts are a nuisance for any homeowner. The first thing you have to do to resolve this issue is figure out the source of the problem. Why is the post leaning? Sometimes, it can be due to rotting towards the base of the post. Other times, the ground may have collapsed. Some fence posts get dented if they’re made from material like metal.
Whatever the source of the problem may be, getting the problem solved is always going to be a priority to you. Here are the steps you’ll want to follow when fixing a leaning fence post.
Relieve Pressure From Your Fence Post
It’s important to get your fence post freed from the rest of the fence. Chain-link fences do this by getting the retaining clips and post cap off. Wooden fences require a couple of 2x4x8s, which are used to provide a little bracing for your panels before you go ahead and remove the stringers from your fence posts.
Do Some Excavating Around Your Fence Post
This part can get pretty tough. If your fence post was installed the right way, there’s almost certainly going to be a hefty piece of concrete surrounding your fence post’s base. Now, you don’t want to pull this concrete chunk out of the ground. Instead, you will want to do some excavating in the area surrounding the concrete. Excavate in the spaces that are around two feet from the concrete.
Your mission is to get rid of enough material to be able to place your post back in the ground at a completely vertical level. Then, you can brace your post back in place. You should use a level to double-check that you are actually vertical.
Have Your Hole Backfilled
You have some choices for how you can fill your hole. If you have soil that is fairly rocky and dry, you can use a mixture that’s roughly half-wet sand and half small gravel. As long as you let your post braces settle for a couple of days, you’ll be able to have your fence panel reinstalled with no trouble.
If you want a better solution, you can pour some fast-setting concrete into your hole and near your post’s base. After that, you should pour roughly one gallon of water in the hole as well and be sure the concrete is thoroughly soaked. Everything should be set in no less than an hour, and it should only take you another six hours at most until you can get your fence panel reattached.
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