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Why do fence posts rot and become weak?

Why do fence posts rot and become weak?
There are several causes of rotting/weak fence posts. The main cause is the wood having prolonged exposure to moisture in soil which means fence posts decay at ground level - just above the concrete base. This means the post will still be solid below and above the damaged area.
Insect infestations can also cause rotting in wooden fence posts. Some insects such as a range of beetles, woodworm and moths use wood as their home for their entire life cycle, making it increasingly weak over time.
When wind and other natural elements are thrown into the mix, it can make already weak, stressed and rotted posts weaker and ultimately break.
If the unsupported weight of the broken section of fencing is not reinforced, it will start to affect the other areas and pull down the adjacent posts. Therefore, if the rotten or weak fence post is not seen to immediately, one broken fence post can soon cause the whole fence to collapse.

What can you do to prevent it in the future?

There are a few fence repair solutions on the market but none like the award-winning Post Buddy repair system, which is completely unique. This affordable product makes it quick and easy to repair a broken fence post where it stands. Unlike other repair methods, the Post Buddy stake allows you to fix any size and shape concreted-in fence post in even difficult to reach places, without destroying your garden.
The end of the Post Buddy stake embeds firmly into the below ground wood of the post, finding a solid anchor below the rotted or weak section, supported by the surrounding concrete base.
Once the top of the Post Buddy is securely screwed in place on to the fence post (above the weakened section of fence post), it ultimately bridges the broken section and re-joins the two pieces of the snapped post by creating a solid link which will last years.

Safety is key

When embarking on any project where tools are required, health and safety is paramount, this is no different when repairing fence posts.
As with any device driven into the ground, satisfy yourself that there are no services within the vicinity (e.g. gas, electricity, water).
Safety equipment including heavy duty protective gloves and eye protection are advised.
A second pair of hands could also come in handy if available!

Repairing Tips

By using a Post Buddy system you are saving time and money.
Here are a few do’s and don'ts when repairing a rotted or weak fence post:
The Do’s
  1. For the Post Buddy solution to work, the post must be set in concrete – do check this
  2. Do ensure you have good quality screws available to fix the stakes to your fence post
  3. Do ensure you have all the required tools to hand before getting started
The Dont’s
  1. Don’t use an inferior product - you will have to repair your fence again in no time!
  2. Don’t attempt to use a Post Buddy system if your fence post is not set in concrete.
  3. Don’t drive the Post buddy stakes into the ground past the MAX line.
  4. Don’t attempt to drive the stakes into concrete, they are designed to go between the post and the concrete setting.

  5. What you need to repair a damaged fence post

    Having the area prepped and all the correct equipment to hand before starting the fence post fix, will save you time.
    The equipment needed to repair your fence post using a Post Buddy system are minimal and include:
    • The 2-stake Post Buddy system
    • 16 external grade wood screws (5mm x 60mm) per every two stakes
    • A Spirit Level
    • A Club Hammer
    • Drill with screw bit attachment
    • Protective gloves and glasses
    • A Spade

    How to repair a damaged or rotten fence post

    Using a universal Post Buddy fence post repair system is quick, easy and your fence will be as good as new in no time.
    By following this simple yet effective 8 step process your fence post will be strong and reliable again.
    1. Firstly, work out what type of fencing you have and decide where you need to position your Post Buddy stakes. View our fence post diagrams here
    2. Remove enough of the soil from around the base of the fence post to expose the top of the existing concrete base.
    3. Place the tip of the first Post Buddy stake in position - where the wood fence post meets the concrete base.
    4. Drive the Post Buddy into the below ground wood as far as it will go, but no further than the ‘MAX’ line on the stake which is easily identifiable.
    5. Repeat steps three and four with the second post in the Post Buddy system.
    6. Make sure the post is pulled straight. Loosely attach a screw to the fence post through the centre of the elongated hole at the top of each Post Buddy stake using good quality external grade wood screws, measuring 5mm x 60mm.
    7. Now the Post Buddy stakes are loosely attached, the screws can move in the elongated holes to allow final adjustments - with the aid of a spirit level.
    8. Keep the post straight, fully tighten the screws in the elongated holes and finally secure the repair stakes to the post through the remaining screw holes. Its as easy as that!

    You can also watch our installation video here for extra tips and advice here.

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