A fence only differs from a wall in not having a solid foundation along its whole length.
It is is a structure that encloses any given area, typically outdoors, and is usually constructed from posts that are connected with rails along with some form of panelling. Common fence types in Australia are wood and palins, colorbond, chain link, railings or netting.
As a first impression to your home, you’ll want to make sure that your fence makes a lasting one. When you choose Handyman Assist for your fence repairs or building a fence from scratch, you are not only benefiting from my experience but also the years of knowledge I have built up.
I am fully insured making sure that whatever happens, my customers are always protected. I offer free quotes and can assist with advice on fence repairs, replacement and even removal of old or damaged fences. The materials that I use are all sourced from local and reputable suppliers too.
No matter what it is made of, a typical fence only has 3 elements.
These are posts, rails and panels.
- The post is what gives the fence its main structure offering sufficient foundational adhesion to the ground’s surface. Typically posts should be concreted into the ground by a minimum of 600mm.
- Rails are then added to the posts in order to tie them all together and offer your fence extra rigidity. They also bear the weight of any panels and help to keep everything square.
- The panels are what make up the final finish of a fence. Like the rails, they also give the fence’s structure extra rigidity and maintain a desired barrier against intrusion. When choosing your panelling materials, care should be taken to take into account the passage of air through the panels. Especially in areas of high wind. This can be addressed by using gaps between palins or in more extreme circumstances, vertical railings. Because of its steel construction, Colorbond fencing is less susceptible to wind, despite its using full panels.
Typically fences come in three different heights, 1200mm, 1500mm and 1800mm. Planning consent is needed for any fences over 2 metres high.
A broken fence can be a real pain to live with.
This is especially true if you have dogs or are concerned about your family’s security. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Just give Handyman Assist a call and I’ll gladly help you get your fence repairs back in order.
If you have a broken fence and live in Logan or surrounding areas, you’ve found the right place to be! Whether your fence has blown over or you just need a simple repair to the gate, you’ve found the right man for the job! As a handyman, I’ve come across many fence repairs and would love to help get your fence back in working order for you.
FENCE REPAIRS IN LOGAN
These are some of the most common fence issues you’re likely to face:
Broken Fence Posts
This is what happens when moisture around the bottom of the post has slowly rotted away the base. As the wood slowly rots, the post gets weaker and weaker. And after it reaches a certain point, all it takes is a strong enough gust of wind and down goes the fence.
Repairing this is a matter of digging out the old post. Once that is done you need to set a new post in concrete, followed by rebuilding the section that blew over. Getting the old post out can be quite a time consuming affair because all posts should be buried 600mm deep and concrete isn’t the easiest thing in the world to break out.
If you can walk up to your fence and move it to and fro for more than 1 or 2 inches, then it’s likely that the supporting fence posts have either rotted or the post foundations have eroded. Either way, your posts are no longer supporting the fence properly. The fix is essentially the same as replacing a broken fence post, only your fence hasn’t blown over yet.
Broken or Distorted Fence Palins
This is another common issue that I run into. However, this is a relatively easy fix and you should be able to complete this repair on your own. Simply get replacement palins, some nails or screws and attach the new fence boards to the rails. Easy!
Or if you’re not that way inclined, give me a call and I’ll gladly help you out.
Just like doors, gates and their hinges need regular maintenance in order to function at their best. However, sometimes they can just be built wrong to begin with. Either way, sagging gates are a common issue that you don’t have to live with.
Most of the time, reinforcing the gate with custom cross members and decent fixings is generally more than enough to solve the sagging issue. Occasionally however, the gate may need to be taken down and fully rebuilt in order for it to function properly.
Gates Not Latching Properly
Because fences (and gates) are exposed to the weather, they tend to move around a bit. The wood expands and contracts in the heat. And it swells up and shrinks in the rain. This can cause any gates to become misaligned over time and prevent the gate from latching properly.
Repairing this issue can be as simple as re-siting the latch or even adjusting the gate hinges appropriately.
Pool Fence Compliance:
- The most common issue with any pool fence is the height. A compliant pool fence must be at least 1200mm high off the ground.
- You should also check the gap at the bottom of the fence. The maximum allowable gap at the bottom of a fence is 100mm.
- Also check for ‘stepping points’ that may lower the effective height of the fence.
- The gap between the uprights of a pool fence can be no more than 100mm.
- Child drownings often occur because of faulty gates. Or gates that can be propped open.
- Pool gates must open out (away from pool). And be self-closing.
- The top of the pool gate latch must be 1500mm above the ground.
- Pool gate hinges can be considered a ‘stepping point’, lowering the effective legal height of the pool fence.
- Any object within 300mm of the fence (inside or out) may be considered as a stepping point.
- ‘Cones’ fitted to gate hinges help prevent them becoming stepping points.
- Also check for ‘stepping points’ inside the pool fence. Such as pool furniture and pot plants.
- Retaining walls and other landscaping features can easily become stepping points.
- Pool fences should be compliant with local laws, look good, and keep kids safe!
- A proper CPR sign must be displayed inside the pool area. This is to help facilitate the proper administration of CPR if an emergency may ever occur.
- Once your pool fence has been certified compliant, you should periodically check to ensure that the fencing remains compliant. Land levels can change over time.
Penalties of up to $16,500 and on-the-spot fines of up to $700 can be imposed on pool owners if their pool fence doesn’t comply with the current regulations.
Handyman Assist can help you to plan your pool fence properly. We will visit your home and give you a thorough quote on building your new fence. To ensure it is completely compliant.
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