If you need to repair an aluminum fence, the task may seem daunting, but it can be done with ease. Here are a few steps that can help you through the process smoothly.
1. Repair a Rail
Practice the fence layout with inexpensive orange string. Far too often this step is overlooked; this results in odd configurations, huge gaps, and creative work-arounds for big trees and ornamental boulders. A bit of string makes it glaringly obvious if you will run into the century old oak on the way around the house.
2. Repair a Post
Insert a stake for each fence post. This involves quite a bit of measuring and no, eyeballing it won’t get the job done right. The stake must denote the actual center of the fence post, so knowing ahead of time the post measurements is helpful.
Newbies may be surprised to learn that the gateposts need to be deeper than other fence posts. Consider that there is a fair amount of weight attached to these posts and frequently a gate is slammed shut. Make the hole too shallow, and the odds are good that you will be repeating the process of digging and securing with certain regularity over the life of the fence. Do it right the first time, and there will be no repeat performance. Aluminum Fence Specialists suggest that gates over 96″ should be attached to posts dug to a depth of 48″. Smaller gates may let you get away with only 42″ in depth.