Afence is only as strong as its posts. Once a post begins to lean, gravity pulls it along and the problem only worsens until it gets fixed. And the more a post leans, the more stress it puts on the surrounding rails and pickets, distorting the shape of the fence and causing structural damage. The quick fix shown in this arti- cle will stabilize the fence post and prevent further damage until you have the opportunity to make a more permanent repair to the base of the post. In our case, the ground on the outside of the problem post sloped downhill, so the post had more support on one side than the other. When a mid-winter thunder- storm generated some remarkably strong straight-line winds, the gales rocked the post back and forth and loosened it from the surrounding concrete and soil. The day after the storm, the fence post was leaning dramatically toward the outer downhill slope, along with the surrounding fence boards. To salvage a fence in a situation like this, you should address the problem post as soon as possible. STEP BY STEP The winds of a thunderstorm left this fence post leaning drasti- cally to one side, pulling all the fence boards along with it.
Use a steel wire to stabilize a leaning post and prevent further damage to your fence. Stabilize a Leaning Fence