HOW IT WORKS
Why do timber fence posts break?
- Timber posts decay where they come into contact with damp soil
- Wooden fence posts therefore rot at ground level just above the concrete base, but are still solid below and above this damaged area
- During windy weather the weakened posts will snap, causing the fence to lean
- After one fence post breaks, the unsupported weight of that section of fencing will start to pull down the adjacent posts and eventually cause the whole fence to collapse
Post Buddy, the quick, easy fence post repair system
- The unique Post Buddy fence post support system will fix your broken fence posts where they stand
- The bottom half a metre (around 20 inches) of the Post Buddy stake anchors firmly into the below ground 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 bridges the broken section and re-joins the two pieces of the snapped post by creating a solid link
- Unlike other repairs, the Post Buddy system allows you to fix any size and shape concreted-in fence post in even difficult to reach places, without destroying your garden
WHAT YOU WILL ALSO NEED
Before you start the repair of your fence post it is recommended that you have the following items to hand, to ensure a successful and lasting result.
- 16 external grade wood screws (5mm x 60mm) per pack of Post Buddys
- Spirit Level
- Club Hammer
- Drill with screw bit attachment
- Protective Gloves
(Diagrams as viewed from above)
- Study the diagrams above to work out what type of fencing you have and decide 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 top of 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
- 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) * **
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 with the 2nd Post Buddy
- Pull the post 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
- Now the Post Buddys are loosely attached, the screws can move in the elongated holes to allow final adjustments (with the aid of a spirit level)
- 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
- Your timber fence post is now securely fixed
* As with any device driven into the ground, satisfy yourself that there are no services within the vicinity (such as, but not limited to gas, electrics, water, waste) before beginning the installation.
** The inevitable effect of using a club hammer to drive in the post buddy is that the paint may chip at the top edge. This will not affect the functionality.