Every fence needs occasional maintenance to keep it both looking its best and functioning properly. If your fence could use some repair, here’s how to best get it done without having to shell out the money to replace it.
How to mend a fence
Understand the best way to paint a fence
Does your white picket fence need a facelift? Sure, you can grab a paintbrush and bucket and spend a handful of days working. Or you can use spray paint and finish in an afternoon.
With a quality sprayer, you can paint non-stop, have complete flow control and have easier cleanup.
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Tips for completing this project:
- Choose a nice day. If you’re using the paint sprayer on your deck or fence, choose a calm day. A windy day can cause paint to fly everywhere but your surface.
- Move as fast as you would with a brush. Hold it 10 to 12 inches from the surface, and move in a slow, steady motion.
- Use multiple buckets. Have one five-gallon bucket on hand for paint, and one scrap bucket for test-spraying and cleanup.
- Have an extension cord handy. The sprayer needs electricity, so make sure you’re either near an outlet or have access to an extension cord before using it.
- Look out for things downwind. Take precautions like ensuring your car is out of the picture to avoid painting it.
Learn this easy way to dig a posthole
If you’re looking to replace a couple of posts in your wooden fence, these tips are for you.
A posthole digger is specifically designed for you to do this job with minimum effort. Note that posthole diggers have a maximum effective depth of about three quarters of their handle length (a five foot pair will dig 3.5 feet deep).
Be sure to determine whether or not any underground utility pipes exist in the area. For more on how to use it, consult with one of our experts.
Tips for completing this project
- Measure with stakes first. Drive in stakes to mark the center of each post hole. Attach them to string to ensure they’re in a straight line. Dig around the stake with a spade to center the hole.
- Don’t be afraid to break out the saw. Use a saw, not a shovel, to cut through tough roots.
- Get rid of rocks. Have a digging bar on hand to dislodge rocks in your hole.
- Cover holes with plywood. If you’re walking away from your project for a while, save yourself a potential broken leg or having your holes cave in during a storm.
- Smaller is better. A small digger is usually easier to use than a large one.