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Moving Fence Panels? Here's How to Do It Right

Moving Fence Panels? Here’s How to Do It Right

Moving fence panels can be challenging, but it can be simple, too. We’ve moved our fair share over the years and learned some dos and don’ts that simplify the job. 

We’ll walk through how to move fence panels properly without damaging them, how to transport them safely to the new location, tips for removing old posts without making a huge mess, and what you need to know for installing fence panels in your new home. 

Whether replacing a few damaged panels or putting up fencing in a new part of your yard, you’ll be a pro by the time you reach the end! Let’s dig into everything you need to make moving fence panels pain-free.

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Prepare for Moving Fence Panels

Before moving fence panels, my friends and we ensured we had everything we needed to do the job safely and efficiently. Here are the key things we prepare:

Tools:

Have essential tools on hand like work gloves, wire cutters, a hammer, locking pliers, a level, and a cordless drill with various bits. These will help dismantle the old fence and reassemble the new one.

Help:

Moving fence panels can be complex, so call some friends or family members to provide an extra set of hands. Four to six people is ideal for most residential fence panels. More complex commercial panels may require professional help from fence contractors or movers.

Transportation:

Ensure you have a large truck, trailer, or van to haul the fence panels to your new location. Measure your panels to determine how much space you’ll need. You’ll also want straps, ropes, or bungee cords to fasten the panels securely during transport.

Posts and Concrete:

Have wooden posts, metal posts, or concrete footings on hand to install the fence panels. Bury about one-third of the posts in concrete for the most stable installation. Let the concrete cure as directed before attaching panels.

Replacement Parts: 

It’s a good idea to purchase extra posts, rails, pickets, hardware, and concrete in case any parts break or go missing during the move or reinstallation. This way, you avoid making extra trips to the hardware store, which can delay the project.

Permits:

Check with your local regulations regarding permits for moving or installing fence panels. Permits are often required, especially for commercial properties or if your fence borders a sidewalk or road. Apply for any necessary permits ahead of time to avoid legal issues.

Moving fence panels can be an easy DIY project with the proper preparation and tools. Take it slow, work as a team, and you’ll have your fence panels relocated quickly! Let me know if you have any other questions.

Dismantle Existing Fence Panels Safely

Before moving fence panels, it’s essential to take them apart carefully. We don’t want anyone getting injured or damaging the panels during disassembly.

We gather our tools: work gloves, wire cutters, a pry bar, and a cordless drill. We’ll also want to clear the area around the fence of any obstructions.

First, we cut any wire or straps connecting the fence panels. We lift each end of the wire with the cutters and snip. We check for additional cables holding panels together, especially at the top.

We slowly pry the pickets away from the posts using the pry bar. Work slowly and carefully, as the pickets and posts can splinter. We don’t want wood shards flying towards us or anyone nearby.

Once the pickets are detached, we use the drill to remove any remaining screws connecting the rails to the posts. Have someone hold onto the panel as you remove the final screws so it doesn’t fall over.

We lay the detached panels flat on the ground to avoid warping before moving and installing them in their new location.

Stack the posts, rails, and any salvageable hardware nearby so we can easily find them later. For damaged or warped panels, we’ll purchase replacements to match.

Dismantling existing fence panels can go smoothly without injury by taking it slow, using the proper tools and techniques, and ensuring safety at each step. 

The key is patience and teamwork. If we need an extra hand, please call the pros at Fairfax Fence for guidance. We’ve been installing fences for 20+ years, so we know all the tricks of the trade.

Transport Fence Panels Securely

When it comes time to move fence panels, we know doing it safely and efficiently can be tricky. Over the years, we’ve developed a system to transport fence panels to and from job sites securely. Here are the steps we follow:

First, we make sure we have the proper equipment. We use a flatbed truck, straps, corner protectors, and furniture pads. The flatbed gives us enough room to lay multiple panels down, and the straps, pads, and protectors ensure the panels stay secure during transit.

Next, we lay the furniture pads on the flatbed to prevent scratching the panels. Then, we place the first panel down, securing one side with straps. We put corner protectors on the corners to avoid damage.

Once the first panel is down, we continue adding panels, strapping them together, and securing the sides of the truck bed. We make sure not to over tighten the straps to avoid bending the panels. After each panel is added, we ensure it’s secured before moving on to the next one.

When the panels are all loaded, we double-check that everything is tight and secure. We drive carefully to the destination, avoiding sudden braking, accelerating, or turning. Upon arrival, we slowly unload the panels one by one, removing straps and pads in reverse order.

Using this method, we’ve moved hundreds of fence panels without issue. Taking it slow, being cautious, and properly securing the load are the keys to successfully transporting fence panels. If you follow these tips, you’ll get your fence panels to their new home in one piece. Need help moving your panels or installing a new fence? Give us a call – we’re here to help!

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Reinstall Fence Panels in the New Location

Now that we’ve carefully removed the fence panels from their original spot, it’s time to put them back up in the new location.

First, we must ensure all the necessary supplies: fence panels, posts, gravel, concrete, and any hardware like brackets or caps. We’ll also want tools like post-hole diggers, a level, shovels, and work gloves. Safety gear like glasses, ear protection, and steel-toe boots are a good idea, too.

Once we have everything ready, we can start digging holes for the posts. The holes should be about one-third the height of the posts, so for a 6-foot high fence, drill 2-foot deep holes. Pour some gravel for drainage, then insert the posts and fill the holes halfway with concrete. We’ll let that set up overnight before finishing.

The next day, we’ll check that the posts are level, then fill the rest of the holes with soil and tamp it down firmly. Now, we can attach the fence panels between the posts. If the panels came with brackets, secure them to the posts. Otherwise, we can link the panels using horizontal rails, wire, or zip ties. Leave a bit of slack so the fence has some give.

With the fence panels up, we’ll test that the gate(s) work correctly and hang evenly. We should also check that the top of the fence is level all around. If everything looks good, we can call it done! The last step is to admire our handiwork and enjoy a cold drink. We did it!

Our new fence has been installed and is ready to serve its purpose. We moved the fence panels to their new spot by taking them step-by-step and working carefully together. Excellent work, team!

How to Move Fence Panels FAQ

Have you ever wondered how to properly move fence panels without damaging them? We’ve moved our fair share of fencing and picked up some tips and tricks. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about moving fence panels.

What equipment will I need?

To move fence panels, you’ll want:

  • Work gloves to protect your hands
  • Pry bar or crowbar to disconnect panels from posts
  • Ratchet straps or rope to secure panels for transport
  • Dolly, hand truck, or trailer to move panels

How do I disconnect the panels from the posts?

Use a pry bar or crowbar to remove the panels from the posts gently. Take your time and be careful not to damage the panels. Once detached, lay the panels flat on the ground.

How should I transport the panels?

Secure the panels together with straps or rope before moving them. This prevents the panels from shifting during transport, which could cause damage. For smaller jobs, a dolly or hand truck will work great. A trailer is best for larger jobs or moving panels over rough terrain. Go slowly and be extremely cautious, especially on uneven ground.

How do I reattach the panels?

Slide the panels back onto the posts and secure them with the same clips or nails you removed previously. You may need extra hands to hold the panels in place as you reattach them. Make sure the panels are level for the best appearance and performance.

Any other tips?

A few other things to keep in mind:

  • Move panels on a dry day with good visibility. Rain and darkness add extra challenges.
  • Get help from friends or family if panels are large or heavy. Safety first!
  • Consider marking panel orientation before removing for easy reinstallation.
  • Wear high-visibility clothing if moving panels near roadways.
  • Disassemble only as much as needed to move panels to avoid extra work reassembling.

By following these tips, you’ll be moving fence panels quickly. Take your time, be safe, and you’ll have your fence back up before you know it! Let us know if you have any other questions.

Conclusion

So there you have it, folks – the basics of moving fence panels without tearing up your back or the panels themselves. Remember to round up a few friends, strap them up securely, and lift carefully. Throw in some stretches first, too, so you don’t pull something. 

We hope these tips make the whole moving process go smoothly. Now get out there, wrangle those fence panels into place, and don’t be afraid to call in reinforcements if you need them! But most importantly, listen to your body and don’t overdo it. 

The last thing you want is an injury from trying to strong-arm those suckers solo. Safety first! Alright, we’re off to supervise our crew hauling panels. Let us know if you have any other questions about home improvement!

Ready to move your fence panels with ease? Call Fairfax Fence for expert guidance and assistance. Your reliable partner in hassle-free fence projects! Dial us now!