5 Emergency Repair Tips For Wooden Fences

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Atorms, accidents, decay and woodland creatures can damage your fence.  If you decide to call a pro for a fence repair, they may take some time to get to your home. While you are waiting on professional help to arrive, there are a few things you can do to temporarily seal the hole in your fence.

Thick Cardboard

Staple or nail cardboard over the hole. Make sure it does not gap or stick out. It's important to note that you should only use this option if you do not expect rain or you have no other materials available. It is the least durable of the fence repair options but will close off your yard for a short period.

Waterproof Cowl Board

Staple this over the hole in your fence the same way you would staple cardboard to the fence. This pressed board looks like cardboard but stands up to water. It is normally used to make car door panels, and if you don't have any on hand, you can normally get it from an upholstery shop that works on car interiors.

Chicken Wire

If you choose to use chicken wire, avoid leaving sharp wires sticking out by using pliers to fold the sharp ends of the cut wires down before you attach the chicken wire to the fence. You will need to use staples to attach chicken wire.


Stick with screws if you patch the fence with plywood due to its weight, and since plywood is thicker than the other patch materials mentioned, use longer screws.

Scrap Metal

If you have a thin sheet of metal that is big enough to cover the hole in your fence, you can fasten the metal over the hole with screws. Sheet metal is typically very sturdy and lasts longer than the others, but will rust if left out very long.

For all of these temporary fence patching options, cut the patch material at least five inches larger than the damaged area in the fence. Use long staples, upholstery tacks, one inch long nails or screws to securely fasten the patch material to the fence.

Remember, none of these suggestions are intended to serve as permanent wooden fence fixes, they are only emergency solutions to help you in the short-term. 

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