Wooden fences can be an attractive and useful way to keep animals in an enclosure or to provide privacy for a yard. As the years pass, however, a fence post may start to lean. Don’t assume that you have to replace the leaning fence post — with a few tools, you can simply straighten and reuse it
Step 1 – Brace the leaning portion of the fence up with a 6-inch wooden two-by-four board. Use a level to make sure the fence is plumb (the bubble in the level should be centered).
Step 2 – Tap the lower end of the board with a hammer to plant it securely on the ground. Hammer a nail into the upper portion of the board and through to an existing fence board to help hold it in place. Don’t hammer the nail all the way into the fence board; the two-by-four will be removed when the repairs are complete.
Step 3 – Remove lower fence boards attached to the leaning post where the repairs will be made. To prevent fence boards from splitting, use a small block of wood to buffer the strikes of the hammer against the boards. If nails have been in the wood a long time, a flat pry bar may help.
Step 4 – Remove the dirt from around the leaning fence post and the concrete that originally was used to secure it. Inspect the post for insect damage or signs of rotting. If damage extends more than 8 to 10 inches above the concrete, the fence post is unusable and should be replaced.
Step 5 – Drive the first fence post repair bracket into position along the left side of the post with a sledgehammer. Take care not to bend the bracket; make sure it’s in the proper position before driving it into the concrete. Once the first bracket is in place, repeat the process with the second bracket on the right side of the post.
Step 6 – Secure the brackets to the fence post with nails and replace the lower boards. Fill in the dirt around the fence post and remove the temporary brace.