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Advice - Loose fence post needs refixing - Any ideas?

Discussion in 'In the Garden' started by parmsuk, 21 Jun 2011.

  1. parmsuk

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    Hi,

    I share a fence with my neighbour which is on a raised driveway. The original contractor that installed the fence did not provide sufficient support and therefore over the last year 3 of the fence posts have worked loose.

    Can anyone recommend solution to fix this problem. I have considered getting additional posts securely fitted on the lower driveway and then attaching the broken ones to the new secure posts. I'm planning to get someone to do this, but was just looking for some guidance from forum members.

    See attached pictures.

    Thanks in advance.

    AJ

     
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  3. Deluks

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    Those bolt down only work properly in correctly specced, fully cured concrete. Yours look like they been mortared in.
    As you say, post against the wall, going down to the floor is your best bet. Or use a flat length of thick steel, say 10 or 12mm, and fixed to the posts with packers, (or move the fence towards you until the posts are flush with the wall)

    What's the wall made from, concrete blocks?
     
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    Thanks for your response, I think the wall is concrete from what I can tell (not that I'm any sort of expert!)
     
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    I'm only a DIyer, so wait for the pro's advice.... but my gut feeling is there isn't a quick simple fix here.

    the idea of posts bolted to the wall is ok, except a huge wind might just trouble the fixings if they're into blocks... plus you effectively lose 3 inches of your driveway.

    i did think of steel sheets, but how much would they cost? and would they rust? and would fixings into breeze blocks hold in the wind?

    My feeling is that you need to do a proper job and dig out for concrete posts... so lots of digging out, lots of concrete, very long posts.... etc etc
     
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    3 or 4" strip of 12mm thick mild steel would last donkeys years, if the blocks are concrete (they won't be breeze if retaining like that) then expanding bolts or resin fixings will hold firm. If the steel is fixed so that it protrudes up above the wall then the post can fix to this and will not eat into driveway space too much.

    I don't see the point in digging anything in as it will only be held in on 3 sides.
     
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    All i meant was it rusting and looking a mess?

    I meant digging down into the lower of the two driveways and using really long posts.. i just feel any compromise here won't last long.
     
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