How To Replace A Rail On A Wooden Post And Rail Fence

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Are one or more of the rails on your post-and-rail fence looking a bit worse for wear? While you could hire a professional to replace them, you can save money by doing this project yourself, as it's pretty simple. Just follow these instructions.

Step 1: Purchase the new rails.

Measure the length, width and height of your existing rails. Also, make note of what type of wood your fence is constructed from. If you don't know this information, comparing the look of your wood to images of different woods can help you identify it. Common choices for wooden fences are cedar, cypress and oak. Take your measurements with you to a lumber yard, and have them cut the rails for you. Most lumber yards will do this either free of charge or for a small fee. It saves you the trouble of having to rent or purchase a saw.

Step 2: Remove the old rails.

Use a pry bar to pry the old, damaged rails off of the fence. Push the short end of the bar under the board, and then press back on the long handle to leverage the rail. The nails will often come off with the board, but if the board is badly damaged, the nails may rip through it and remain in the fence. This is not a big deal,; you can just pry them out separately with a hammer.

Step 3: Drill pilot holes

It will be a lot easier to nail the fence boards into place if you have some pilot holes to work with.  Take a small, 1/16 inch drill bit, and drill two holes in each end of each board. These holes should be about 2 inches from the end of the board and evenly spaced in a vertical sense.

Step 4: Nail on the new board.

You'll want to have a friend help you with this task, since it is nearly impossible to hold the board in place and hammer it in at the same time. Line the board up so that its edges are flush with the edges of the rails it butts up against. If the rails next to it are also missing, you'll need to measure the distance from the bottom of a post to the bottom of one of the other rails, and then measure off this same distance on the posts you'll be nailing to, making it off with a marker.

While holding the board in place, drive the first nail in to the top hole. Then, drive the second nail into the lower hole. Make sure you're using nails that reach all of the way through the board and into the post. If you have 1-inch thick boards, which is about standard, use 2-inch nails. Nail the second end of the board into place, and step back and admire your work.

Once all of your new rails are in place, all there is left to do is paint or stain them to match the rest of the fence.

To learn more, contact a company like Hinesville Fence

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