Storm Doris

Well I have the first harvest from last week's storm.... Its a small estate house with a 6' close board fence - supported on 6" posts concreted in - it is a proper fence. Trouble is the storm broke the rotten posts at the ground, it was being supported by large shrubs either side. I have put in a temporary repair today by installing 45 degree braces against the broken posts (using new 2.1M posts fixed to stakes. 

The client is not rich, but she is a loyal lady who has kept thinking of work for me every week come rain or shine - As all the wood not touching the ground is in A1 condition it seems unfair to scrap the whole fence.

I was going to put in a concrete repair spurs on the 4 broken posts.... but there is a massive amount of concrete around the base of each post - but not enough to mount a Metpost on, so even with a kango it is not going to be that quick a job, even if it is possible. The only thing I can come up with is bracing it with new posts at 60 deg, basically tidying up what I have done today - then growing clematis or roses up them. 

Does anyone have any other ideas??



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  • PRO
    Can you not just add some posts in between the original broken ones in fresh ground or is i closeboard panels?

    Ps. What's a kango? :)
    • PRO either a kangaroo with out a roo or it's a pneumatic style drill used to break up concrete. You see the big boys using them on roads.
  • PRO

    I assume this is a built on site fence and not made of panels? If it's panels then we would defiantly be going down the dig out and re-concrete in new posts route. Even without a Kango, its surprising what can be broken up using a digging bar and a sledgehammer - especially on one housing estate we deal with, where it seems the fencing was put up by the builders using left over 'readymix' - one wheel barrow full to each post hole!

    Did however do a 'cost effective' semi permanent repair the other day by fitting new posts midway down a run of fencing (spaced between the old posts) and bracing the whole fence structure where necessary. This wouldn't be our first choice but through various reasons it suited the clients requirements, mainly due to future works ongoing at the property.

    • PRO
      Thank you Richard and Adam...New posts mid way is a good idea.
  • Just gun down and fix concrete spurs - it will be easier than you think.

    • PRO

      Thanks Colin.... it is a full size kango, trouble is about 6" down it is literally a chalk mountain... so both the mid post idea above and "gunning down" are going to require the kango. I'll take it there next visit and do a trial 

    • PRO
      Exactly as Colin says. Installing repair spurs can become a profitable side line.
  • Metpost do a repair spur that is hammered down the corner of the broken post but you will have to remove the post from the fence first

    • PRO
      I've done this in the past. Hard work but seems to work.
  • PRO
    I saw this system on Twitter a couple of years ago. Not sure if it's any good for you. Seems like a cheap/quick fix solution.
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