Can I Demo my Fencing on My Own?

Your fencing may be leaning, missing pieces, falling, or rotting, leading you to make the decision that it’s time for demo. Conducting demolition can be a great way to save some money, alleviate stress, and have great sweat equity in your home, however, deciding when you can opt for a DIY demo vs. hiring a demolition professional is often a difficult decision to make. So, what does it take to demo your fencing on your own?

When removing old fencing, there are a few different steps that should be taken, and while some steps are easier than others, understanding the whole process is key when it comes to proper demolition as well as removal.

Step One

First, you’ll want to remove the vertical boards of your fencing. Pending on the condition of the wood, this could be as simple as a few light taps with a hammer to free the boards, or may require more effort. Once removed, you’ll want to remove all the nails from the boards, make sure to keep an eye out for rusty nails and use caution during removal. Whether you plan to salvage, sell, or dispose of the fencing, you’ll want to have a plan for removal in addition to the actual demolition of your fence.

Step Two

Now that the vertical boards are gone, it’s time to remove the horizontal boards, or frame, of the fencing. You’ll use the same technique as before, using your hammer to loosen, and free the boards, removing the nails as you go.

Step Three

Your last step, aside from disposing of the old boards and nails, is to identify and remove the fence posts. Most fence posts are either buried in dirt or surrounded by concrete, and identifying which style is used in your fencing is key to the next step of demolition. If surrounded by dirt, you can simply dig around the post, digging as far down as possible until you can free the post by pulling it up.

If your fence post is in concrete, then you’ll have a decent amount of work ahead of you. First, much like above, you’ll want to try and dig around the fence post, digging as far down as you can until you find the base of the concrete. Next, you’ll want to create leverage to help lift the concrete out of the ground, try using a mattock to help list, loosen, and remove the cement from the ground, and if needed, don’t be afraid to hire a professional for this last step.

When it comes to removing fencing, you want to ensure that you take all safety aspects into consideration. From splintering wood, to forgotten nails, and heavy concrete footings, ensure you are up for the job prior to starting and have all of your removal lined up and sorted.

If you have an old fence that need to be demolished, have questions regarding our demolition services, or if you have any further questions regarding demolition, please feel free to contact our office at any time.


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