Tips on setting a new fence post, from an expert in handyman services!
If the fence surrounding your home has one or more leaning or rotten posts, you should replace them immediately, to protect the integrity of the structure and, consequently, your house from potential outside dangers. However, if it’s your first time trying this activity, chances are you won’t find it easy, especially if you aren’t necessarily resourceful in this direction. This is exactly why we talked to an expert in handyman services, working with Home & Business Services, a family-owned company operating since 2013 in the Greater Fredericksburg Area, VA.
HBSOnTime.com, in short, offers professional cleaning services (residential, commercial, air ducts, windows, carpets), as well as home maintenance, turnkey services, and handyman services. The latter category includes, besides carpentry, ceiling repair, ceramic tile installation, dryer vent cleaning, flooring repair, and insulation installation, also fence fixing. Without further ado, let’s see our highly-trained professional’s tips, with the mention that, if you live anywhere in the counties of Culpeper, Caroline, King George, Louisa, Orange, Spotsylvania, or Stafford, you can directly benefit from their services:
The needed tools for setting a new fence post, according to the handyman services expert: gloves, safety glasses, a shovel, and a sledgehammer;
The 5 necessary steps, as described by the handyman services professional:
- Digging the right size hole. First, you should dig a semicircular hole around the side of the concrete pier. For easier removal, you should make sure that the hole you dig is around the same depth as the concrete pier;
- Breaking up the concrete. Then, use a sledgehammer to break up the concrete around the old, rotten post. “You should make the hole large enough so that you can get a good swing at all sides of the concrete pier”, the expert in handyman services says;
- Removing the old post. The next step involves removing the old post. First, break off half the concrete, then enlist a helper to lift the post out of the hole, as this will prove decisive against back pains;
- Removing the leftover materials. Next, clear out any chunks of concrete that are still remaining in the hole. If the post happens to break during lifting, tie a rope around the pier and lift it out easily;
- Setting up the new fence post. Last but not least, pour concrete in the hole, enough so that it extends a few inches above the grass or soil. Then, taper the edges to drain water away from the wood post. “Burying the concrete below the surface may look better, but this is a sure way to accelerate wood rot”, says the handyman services professional.
According to their official social media accounts, where they have almost only positive reviews, Home & Business Services charges 75 dollars per hour for handyman services, including replacing a rotten wood fence post. Other services, together with their prices, include carpet & tile cleaning – from 100 to 475 dollars, maid services – 150 dollars, power washing – from 100 to 750 dollars, and junk removal – from 100 to 275 dollars.