A close look at how to secure loose rails to posts
I have a six foot tall privacy fence surrounding my back yard that is about 20 years old. Nails and other fasteners used during construction have begun to pull apart and many of the vertical boards have warped over time. I was sure that last year was the final year that it would stand without major--and expensive repairs.
But since time and money are always tight I thought of a quick and inexpensive fix that you can replicate at home. The only tools needed are extension cords, an electric drill with bit, and a large C-clamp. The photo above tells the story.
I went to Hanby's--my favorite and most dependable resource for construction materials--and bout 2 dozen "L" shaped construction plates. Using the C-clamp to draw loose 2x4 rails back into contact with the 4x4 poles, I then placed the "L" brackets in the corner of the two services and screwed them together with drywall screws.
I know not everyone needs this information--yes, it is dull stuff--but if you have an old privacy fence that needs strengthening and shoring up, this simple approach works like a charm.