Bob Vila Radio: Spring Fence Routine

By Roseann Foley Henry | Updated Apr 22, 2013 10:21 AM

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A wooden fence is a beautiful accent on any home, but it takes some maintenance to keep it looking neat and trim. Spring is a great time for an annual fence spruce-up.




Listen to BOB VILA ON SPRING FENCE ROUTINE or read the text below:

Start by looking for any obvious signs of rot or insect damage, and replace those wood sections. Call in an exterminator if you see signs of insect damage or nests—those problems only get bigger if you don’t take care of them promptly. Check that all hardware and latches are securely in place, and that all gates are in working order.

Painted fences need to be touched up every year or two. You’ll need to scrape or sand any flaking areas first, and you may need to scrub off some mildew. If you do have mildewed areas, scrub them with a solution of oxygen bleach and water, and then rinse. Avoid chlorine bleach, which can discolor the fence and damage grass and plants. When you’re ready to paint, use a good quality outdoor primer first, to get a good seal before you apply the top coat. Be sure the primer is completely dry before you put on the top coat.

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 75 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to—or reading—Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day.

For more on outdoor structures, consider:

Fences 101
Arbors: A Garden’s Best Friend
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