April already and we begin to enjoy more daylight, delight in the spring flowers and look forward to good weather. But strong winds and even the occasional unwelcome storm are not unusual at this time of the year. They can play havoc with the garden and our fences. So, if you woke up after the rampage of Storm Doris to find your fences were not quite up to her challenge, now is the time to consider repairs and replacements.
If you have a damaged fence and need to replace a fence post or two, but not the whole fence, you may face some problems as you probably have to put the new posts where the old posts had been.
How to replace a fence post set in concrete?
Timber posts set in concrete pose a particular challenge. There are temporary fixes available but often the best option is to replace the post. Even if a fence post is not rotten above ground, older posts may be rotten below ground. This happens mostly in the region just below the surface where the wood is both damp and exposed to the air.
To replace a timber post in the same position as before is not easy. First of all you must remove the concrete. Not only is this a heavy job in itself, but it will leave a large hole. That makes using concrete again unsatisfactory since so much concrete will be needed. And, of course, at some time in the future you may have to dig it all out yet again.
Furthermore you cannot use metal spikes to anchor the new fence post because these need to be driven into very firm soil if they are to hold.
Use FenceFins on the replacement fence post for best results
Fortunately there is a good alternative to concrete and spikes, because FenceFins cope with this situation very well.
Once you have nailed the FenceFins onto your new fence post, position the post in the hole so the fence can be reconnected as before.
If you have broken up the concrete lump then you can use bits of it to help fill in the hole. Put a few smaller pieces under the post base first. This provides a firm base for the post to sit on and helps with drainage. Then use a few of the larger pieces of concrete to wedge around the post in the hole. This helps hold it in place as you fill the hole with soil. As you fill the hole, compact it in well, layer by layer, as you go.
Easy and Strong
Another benefit of FenceFins is that it is easy to get the job right. To make sure the fence post is in the exact right place and perfectly straight, you can check it as you fill the hole. Use a tape measure and a spirit level and adjust the post as necessary.
When you replace a fence post with FenceFins the post will be held firmly straightaway. It also gets even stronger as the soil naturally compacts over time.
And easier next time too
And finally it’s worth remembering that with FenceFins the next time you have to replace the fence post it will be so much easier to remove (see the video below to see how easy it is). Because FenceFins are made from galvanized steel you can even re-use them – they will still be fine!