How it Works
Why do wood fence posts break?
- Lumber posts usually decay in places where they come into contact with damp soil
- This means that wood fence posts often rot at ground level, just above the concrete base, but are still solid below and above this damaged area
- In windy weather, the weakened posts will snap, causing the fence to lean
- After one fence post breaks, the unsupported weight of that section will start to pull down the adjacent fence posts, eventually causing the whole fence to collapse
Post Buddy, the quick, easy fence post repair system
- The unique Post Buddy fence post repair kit will fix your broken fence posts right where they stand
- The bottom 20 inches of the Post Buddy stake will anchor firmly into the ground below the wood of the post, supported by the surrounding concrete base
- Once the top of the Post Buddy is securely screwed to the fence post, it will bridge the broken section and re-join the two pieces of the snapped post by creating a solid link
- Unlike other repairs, Post Buddy will allow you to easily fix concreted-in wood fence posts of any size and shape. It works even in places that are difficult to reach - without destroying your mature plants!
What You Will Also Need
Before you start repairing your fence post, it is recommended that you have the following items on hand to ensure successful and long-lasting results:
- 16 external grade wood screws (#10 x 2 - 2.5") per pack of Post Buddys
- Spirit level
- Sledge hammer
- Drill with screw bit attachment
- Protective gloves
- Look at the diagrams above to work out what type of fencing you have and where you need to position your Post Buddy stakes
- Remove enough of the soil from around the base of the fence post to expose the existing concrete
- Place the tip of the 1st Post Buddy stake in position against the wood of the fence post where it meets the concrete base
- Use a sledgehammer to drive the Post Buddy into the below ground wood of the fence post as far as it will go, but no further than the ‘MAX’ line. Heavy-duty protective gloves should be worn during this task. * **
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 with the second Post Buddy
- Pull the post straight. Loosely fix screws to the fence post through the center of the slotted holes at the top of both repair stakes. Use external grade wood screws (decking screws work well), size #10 x 2 - 2.5" long
- Once both Post Buddy stakes are in place and loosely attached to the fence post, use a spirit level to fine-tune the post to achieve the perfect upright angle
- While keeping the post straight, fully tighten the screws in the slotted holes. Then secure the repair stakes to the fence post through the remaining screw holes
- Your wood fence post is now securely fixed
* As with any device driven into the ground, make sure that there are no services within the vicinity (such as, but not limited to, gas, water and waste pipes, and electric cables) before beginning the installation.
** The inevitable effect of using a sledgehammer to drive in the post buddy is that the paint may chip at the top edge. This will not affect its functionality.