Repairing Broken Timber Fence Posts

Introduction

A friend of mine has a fence at the bottom of his garden made from six interwoven fence panels each 6ft × 6ft (1.8m × 1.8m). They are erected on a three feet high bank of soil. The panels are fixed to 3in (75mm) posts dug into the bank of soil. Over a two year period the posts snapped one by one, at or just below ground level, due to wind pressure and rot. This has left the fence with broken timber fence posts throughout.

His neighbour on the next street has a garden beyond the bank of soil. So work done on the bank to support the fence isn’t on his land.

Because they snapped one at a time the other posts held the fence up but the panels attached to the broken timber fence posts were floppy and moved about in the wind begging to be repaired. So I repaired it only to find another snapped a few weeks later. Continue reading “Repairing Broken Timber Fence Posts”

Wood Screws and Bolts

A collection of facts about Wood Screws and Bolts

This article on wood screws and bolts is very basic at the moment but may get improved with time.

Wood Screw Chart by W. L. Fuller

wood screws and bolts
Coach Bolt
wood screws and bolts
Coach Screw

Wood Screws Which Don’t Split Wood

This link goes to Titan Metal Werks, Inc of Ilinois, USA a company which makes SplitStop screws which they claim won’t split the wood they are screwed into. Designed for fixing decking they appear to drill themselves in and make a countersunk hole to boot.

See their example video which I have embedded below. It shows how an ordinary screw splits the wood when it is screwed in. Then it shows how their screws can be screwed in around it, very close to the edge, without splitting the wood:

This is what TITAN have to say about their products:

“Experience the ability to place wood screws within 1/8″ of the edge of a board without splitting the wood. Install deck boards and railing balusters with little fear of splitting! Penetrate knots without shearing-off screw heads! Countersink effortlessly, even in Oak! All without predrilling!” — Titan