Vinyl fence repair


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Old 03-17-13, 01:19 AM
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Vinyl fence repair

We moved to our home 2 years ago. The vinyl fence in the backyard has fallen apart. It is a 3 foot picket fence in a straight line from our house to garage. It consists of two complete sections and a walk gate. The posts seem fine and the short sections next to buildings are fine, but both long sections have missing and loose pickets. The gate fell completely apart and is gone. We need a secure fence, safe for small children, and do not have unlimited funds for repair. What would be our least expensive option? My husband is disabled and can not install new posts by himself. We found pre built sections that would fit. Is it possible to remove entire sections and replace them? Also, the walk gate opening is 50 inches. Would we need to find a 50 inch gate or a 48 inch gate to allow space for hardware? Is it possible to find a gate that is 3 feet tall and the correct width?
 
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Old 03-17-13, 05:06 AM
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I don't know much about vinyl fencing but hopefully our fence guy will have time to chime in later

Can the fence be repaired? More than likely the prebuilt sections can be installed to the existing posts. Pics might help us better understand what you are dealing with - http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...-pictures.html
 
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Old 03-17-13, 07:53 PM
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Look for a local fence supply house. I doubt you'll find what you want, in Home Depot. Sections & gates exist. It depends on how old the style is. It might not be a perfect match. If you could post some pictures, that would help.
 
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Old 03-18-13, 01:24 AM
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We are more concerned about safety than matching, but I think that if it looked bad it would bother us and we would replace the entire thing later, so I am glad that you mentioned it. Would any brand be able to be installed on any post? Are the posts supposed to be hollow inside, and if so, how do screws attach and hold? Thank you for the response about the chain stores. We are considering a complete replacement. Are other kinds of fencing less expensive or easier to install? My husband is not able to dig for post installation. Would a hole needed for an aluminum post be easier? We will try to send pics this afternoon.
 
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Usually, on vinyl fences, the sections slip into slots on the posts. Yes, they are hollow. The gate posts may have cement, in them. There is one slot on the top & one on the bottom. Take a look at it. However, most likely the posts are set in cement, they may not have enough give to slide the new section, into the slots. Then you may need brackets with screws.

Stockade fences (wood) are easier, in the sense that the posts are not set, in cement. They also cost less. Digging the hole is basically the same for all posts. Vinyl posts have to be a little wider but the depth is the same which is to the frost line. In OH, it's at least 3 feet.
 
 

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