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How to straighten up a fence (without starting from scratch)

Why hello there, nice straight fence

Don't let a leaning wooden fence ruffle your feathers! Jack will help you get it upright again in no time. The best news is that you don't have to start from scratch – phew! All you need is a few hours on a sunny day and the right products and tools.

It’s not unusual for fences to start falling over. In fact, some degree of lean happens naturally over time. Maybe the posts are broken or rotted underground? Perhaps tree roots are giving the fence grief? Or it could be that it wasn’t installed properly?

Whatever the reason, don’t worry. We’re here to help you remove the tilt and give that paling fence the strength it needs to stand tall again!

Our secret lies in the strength of our thick, quality steel Pro Series T-Posts. Not only is the material heavy and durable, but the bituminous coating (a tar-like substance without the nasties) makes them hardy and ideal for Aussie and NZ soil. They’re also easy to fix against flat services and have multiple fixing points.

Ready to step up to this fencing challenge? There are only a few short steps to follow. Plus, you get to spend time outdoors – happy days!

What you'll need

If you know Jack, you know we like to keep things simple. As well as our Pro Series T-Posts, you’ll need just a few other products and tools for the job.

Suggested Jack products

10841 Pro Series T-Post 165cm
Pro Series T-Post View Product
12204 Stake Driver
Stake Driver View Product

Additional tools & materials

  • Heavy hammer or lump hammer
  • Heavy wood screws (coach screws)
  • Tape measure

Your step-by-step guide

  1. Position and drive

    Position your T-post next to the timber fence post in question and drive it 600mm into the ground. Use the tape measure so you don’t go too shallow or deep. The flat back of the post should be flush with the fence line at ground level.

  2. Screw to secure

    Take the heavy wood screw or coach screw, then fasten the T-post to the fence post. It’s a good idea to grab a second pair of hands to help you pull or push the fence straight, especially with big fences.

    Make sure you don't screw into rotting or broken timber. Choose a strong piece of the post so it doesn't come loose.
  3. Add more T-posts

    One T-post probably won’t be enough, so keep adding more until your fence is standing up straight. Jack says screw them on every 800-100mm.

    3 mighty posts holding up the wall