5 Repairs Hack for Your Steel Fence

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FenceSteel fences, no matter how durable they may seem, may break due to natural circumstances such as weather and ground conditions or could break from heavy usage.

Make your metal fence last for more than 30 years by simply applying the solutions to common fencing problems.

• If your gate doesn’t swing freely, you should lubricate the hinges and latches regularly. If these parts have become too rusty, consider replacing them with new materials. You may also have to repair the gateposts or the steel fencing sections when the gate itself the still doesn’t drag upon being opened.

• You can steady posts which have shifted or become uprooted by setting them in concrete. If the old cement footing has cracked, you can replace it by breaking the old one with and sledgehammer, digging out the posts and pouring in new cement where you’ll brace the posts.

• In the case of loose fence rails, you screw in T-braces to support it. If this doesn’t work, you may have to replace the entire fence rail with a new one.

• To protect your steel fence from rust caused by heavy rains or salt water, follow this simple procedure: sand or wire brush the fence, then apply a rust-inhibiting primer. Next, paint the fence with exterior enamel. You can use spray paint to finish this quickly, but brushing is recommended to produce a longer lasting finish.

• Clean stained or grimy steel fences by using a mixture 1 cup of household detergent and 1 gallon of warm water to wash the fences. Rinse your fences using the garden hose to make your steel fences look good as new. Pressure washing can also be used to remove tough stains.

If you think repairing on your own is not enough to restore the prime condition of your steel fence, you can also seek help from skilled professionals. Don’t forget to regularly check your steel fence for your own safety!

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Edna Peterson

Edna spent almost ten years teaching in some of the top universities in the US. She now devotes her time taking care of her two sons in California.