If your wooden fence is in need of a quick repair to keep it intact you can try one of the five solutions in this article. Make note, however, that these can only be temporary fixes and a professional should repair the damage when time allows.
5 Emergency Fence Repair Tips For Wooden Fences
By Laure Justice
If you have a fenced in yard, it’s probably because you want your
yard to be a haven for your family and your pets. But storms, accidents,
decay and predators can damage your fence. How can you maintain your
family’s and pet’s safety if your fence gets damaged? Start by calling your Atlanta handyman
or fencing specialist to schedule a fence repair appointment and get a
price quote. While you are waiting on professional help to arrive, there
are a few things you can do to temporarily seal the hole in your fence.
- Thick cardboard:
Staple or nail cardboard over the hole. Make sure it does not gap or
stick out. It’s important to note that you should only use this option
if you do not expect rain or you have no other materials available. It
is the least durable of the fence repair options but will close off your
yard for a short period.
- Waterproof cowl board: Staple this
over the hole in your fence the same way you would staple cardboard to
the fence. This pressed board looks like cardboard but stands up to
water. It is normally used to make car door panels, and if you don’t
have any on hand, you can normally get it from an upholstery shop that
works on car interiors.
- Chicken wire: If you
choose to use chicken wire, avoid leaving sharp wires sticking out by
using pliers to fold the sharp ends of the cut wires down before you
attach the chicken wire to the fence. You will need to use staples to
attach chicken wire.
- Plywood: Stick with screws
if you patch the fence with plywood due to its weight, and since
plywood is thicker than the other patch materials mentioned, use longer
- Scrap metal: If you have a thin sheet
of metal that is big enough to cover the hole in your fence, you can
fasten the metal over the hole with screws. Sheet metal is typically
very sturdy and lasts longer than the others, but will rust if left out
For all of these temporary fence patching
options, cut the patch material at least five inches larger than the
damaged area in the fence. Use long staples, upholstery tacks, one inch
long nails or screws to securely fasten the patch material to the fence.
none of these suggestions are intended to serve as permanent wooden
fence fixes, they are only emergency solutions to help you maintain the
short-term safety of your yard.