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Unread 10-13-2019, 12:37 PM   #61
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Re: Fence ready to fall


Good thing I’m not doing fence repair for a living. Finally got one bolt thru. The correct drill bit is dull (the old borrowed one) I couldn’t get a hole started. Used a smaller new drill bit to predrill a hole.

Then used my socket ratchet. Until my arm was sore an NOTHING! I finally tried holding the fence against the bolt an made some progress. But both arms got tired. Realized as much as Id gotten the bolt in it had popped back out. Slightly frustrated i used my new sledgehammer on the fence then on the post. I made a dzn trips to outside of fence to see if bolt was going thru sn finally it was, enough that i could get the nut on the end.

I think the panels warped a little making it hard to reattach.

Now that the panels are against post the 2nd bolt on other side of bracket should be easier to install.

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Unread 10-13-2019, 12:45 PM   #62
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Didn’t help that nails from nail gun installation were in the way but sunk so can’t be removed. I just lined them up an worked them back in.

Began project when I first posted Sept 19. Today, Oct 13, I put the first bolt in.

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Unread 10-13-2019, 12:51 PM   #63
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Just following, but if you are using a bolt and nut then the hole could be drilled large enough to just slide the bolt in. Tight like you describe is for when you are installing threaded lag bolts, no nuts on the end.

Neal can correct as he knows what you are doing. Back to my seat.

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Also, when an assembly needs to be pulled together that is where having a few much longer bolts helps. Use them to pull things together and then replace them one at a time.
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Unread 10-13-2019, 12:51 PM   #64
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I've hammered the bolts thru before, you just need to clean the threads a little before you attach the washer and nut.
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Washer?

Didnít know nuts require washer. Will b easy to attach.
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Didnít help that nails from nail gun installation were in the way but sunk so canít be removed. I just lined them up an worked them back in.

Began project when I first posted Sept 19. Today, Oct 13, I put the first bolt in.

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That looks like it will give you a few more years.

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It's best to have a washer on the end. That distributes the load a little more and prevents the nut from digging into the wood.
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Remember first photo when worst panels were 1/2 an arms length from post? Realized other panels weren’t so bad an original nails lined up an went back into their hole.

At the bad area I used my Sawzall to cut nails off that prevented panels from getting close to post. I need to tighten bolts when I get a ladder so I can reach Over fence an secure bolt while tightening nut

So happy to get this bracket on and I no longer need the 8’ support board. Still other minor attachments but expect them to be easy.

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Success is always a good option., that should buy you a few more years.
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Longest lasting solution is to put steel sister posts beside the exising ones to brace the existing ones. I would thin the vine so it does not put so much weight on the fence. A vine covered fence is going to have a much shorter life and you are lucky that it has not taken the entire fence down - yet.
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Longest lasting solution is to put steel sister posts beside the exising .ones to brace the existing ones.
The post don't seem to be the weak point in this case but if it was how would you secure the steel sister post at the base?
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Yes, thinning vine where it intertwines with gaps in fence is on my to do list
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There are readily available brackets designed to attach a standard galvanized steel fence post to square dimensional lumber. I would dig a 3' deep hole and put in the post with concrete fill. The alternative long lasting fix is to remove the 4x4 while trying to keep the rest of the fence rails on each side of the failing post.

I first saw fencing done using steel posts and then wood rails and wood planks and realized immediately how much stronger and how much longer these fences would last. As I have replaced fencing on my property I have gone the same route with 10 foot 2-5/16" steel posts sunk 3 feet into the ground with the holes filled with concrete. Incremental cost is negligible for fencing as everything but the posts are done in the same manner and I would need to dig the holes and fill them with concrete whether using steel posts or 4x4 or other PT lumber.

I hate to do anything twice and try to do what I can to avoid doing so.
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