Removing a wooden fence from your yard is not always as simple as knocking it down and carrying it away. To ensure your fence deconstruction project goes smoothly, keep these tips in mind.
Call the gas company.
If you have natural gas in your area, make a call to the gas company before you start knocking down the fence. When it comes time to pull the fence posts out, you will be digging, and you don't want to accidentally damage a gas line. The gas company should come out and flag all of the lines in and around your property so you can be sure to avoid them when demolishing your fence—and also when putting up a new one.
Pull the nails out as you go.
Don't just dive in and start randomly pulling rails off the fence posts. You'll be left with a messy pile of boards with sharp nails sticking out of them, putting yourself and others at risk of injury. Instead, pry the boards away from the posts one at a time. When you remove each board, use your hammer to either pull the nails out, or pound them down sideways to they are flat against the board. If you're going to be recycling the boards, the recycling center will likely prefer that the nails are removed completely, but if you're going to stack them and burn them on your own, simply pounding the nails flat can save time.
Dig out the fence posts.
Getting those fence posts out of the ground can be a real nightmare, especially if they are set in concrete. Instead of trying to wiggle them back and forth or pull them out with a tractor (only to have them go flying and hit someone), take the time to dig the soil out from around each fence post. There's only a foot or two of concrete down there. When you reach the bottom of it, you can slide the end of a shovel under it, and then press back on yours shovel, using it as a lever to pry the fence post (and attached concrete) out of the ground. Once you do one or two, you'll get the hang of it and be able to dig the posts out rather quickly.
Taking down a fence can be a big endeavor, especially if the fence is tall or long. Allow yourself plenty of time for the project so you don't have to rush and neglect safety measures. For more information, contact companies like Phoenix Fence, Co.
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