I spent the weekend repairing parts of our fence in our backyard. To be honest, our entire fence needs to be replaced, but those are expensive! So I was determined to figure out a low cost way to get a few more years out of this fence. We had a couple parts of the fence that either had deteriorating wood or had holes in them that our dogs would dry to paw through to say hi to our neighbors. So my focus was replacing those pieces.
I was going to buy need cedar pieces to use, but then my husband had an even lower cost idea. At first I wasn’t too sold on the idea, but he was able to convince me. Our house used to have a pool in the backyard so there was a random part of the fence that stood out where they used to store pool supplies. Here is a picture of what I am talking about. See the weird extra fence?
Here was our low cost redneck idea. Tear down the extra part of the fence and then use the good wood from the fence to repair the bad pieces. Redneck I know. If you aren’t trying to save money, you should definitely by new cedar pieces. In the picture, the right side of the fence is covered in dirt, but there is actually concrete under all that dirt. Our plan was to use that to expand our seating area in that corner.
Here‘s how we did it:
Tearing Down The Fence:
1. Using the crow bar, start prying the wood off the fence structure. I separated the pieces I took off into reusable and non reusable pieces.
2. Using the hammer and the crow bar, I removed the nails from wood. The reusable pieces I wanted to make sure I could use them again. We also removed the nails from the pieces we were throwing away so they could be picked up by bulk trash.
3. We took the horizontal fence posts out using a wrench to loosen the bolts.