Replacing a Fence Rail
Replacing a fence rail can be a simple project with the correct tools and a little preparation.
- Replacing a fence rail
- Basic tools and materials needed
- Tape measure, hammer, pry bar/crows foot/ or nail puller of choice, 1-7/8” nails, 3-1/2” nails, safety glasses, and circular saw.
- How To
- Before beginning the rail replacement make sure you measure the rail to get the correct board size as well as length of board needed.
- Removing the rail from the pickets is the most difficult part of the job. If it was professionally installed with quality nails you may encounter trouble removing the rail from the pickets and in some cases will need to replace broken pickets that do not remove with ease. You can choose to pull the nail from the face of the picket with the correct tool or you can choose to use a pry bar designed to get between the picket and rail. With a little finesse it is possible to remove the picket from the rail without breaking or damaging the picket in most cases. Once you remove the damaged rail double check that all nails are removed and picked up so that they do not get stepped on by you or anyone else.
- Lastly replace the new rail using the 3-1/2” nails and re secure the pickets. You may want to use a level to ensure that the pickets are aligned correctly.
- Pro Tip: Use a level to secure the first picket and use that picket as your guide when flushing the remainder of the pickets to the rail. (for proper placement of nails…see “how to build a wooden fence panel”)