How to Replace Cedar Fence Panels

What You'll Need
Tape Measure

Installing and repairing cedar fence panels can be extremely challenging. Cedar wood fence panels are extremely sturdy; however, they tend to get worn out and discolored after some time. There is a high likelihood that after using a cedar wood fence for about 10 to 15 years, you may have to remove and replace it. Wood fences also have a tendency to rot, and therefore, panels may need to be changed continuously. This changing of panels, though achievable as a do it yourself project, can be a very grueling task. Changing posts in the fence can help restore the entire fencing. If the posts are rotten and are not able to support themselves, they can cause the entire fence to collapse. However, changing the fence panels is not as simple as it sounds.

Step 1 – Removing Fence Panels

Quickly remove fence panels that may be worn out or broken. A close inspection can tell you which panels have rotted and which are still intact. Fences are normally nailed at two points, around the bottom of the panel and the top. You can simply use the claw of the hammer to pry out the nails and loosen the panel boards.

Step 2 – Selecting Replacement Panels

Once you have removed the old and rotten pieces from the fence, measure the height, width and the length of the panels. Additional things to consider before selecting a panel are the texture as well as the shape of the panel. There are some panels that are cut at a 90-degree angle. These appear different than those that are with rounded finishes and angles. You can get matching cedar wood panels from the store where you purches these in the first place, or any other hardware or home improvement store.

Step 3 – Preparing the Fence

Using a tape measure, measure the distance between two consecutive panels. This can help you determine how and where exactly to install the subsequent panels. You can also measure the distance from the top nails to the bottom nails of the panel to make sure that the distance at which the panel is nailed to the fence remains the same. Using a pencil, mark the distances properly.

Step 4: Inserting the Panels

To perform this step, you should ideally enlist the help of another person. Make sure that you have aligned the panels properly according to the markings you have made. You can place a brick under the panel to help you nail the top of the panel to the fence. While your helper keeps the panel steady, also nail the panel at the bottom. The helper makes sure that there is no movement of the panel while you are hammering it to the fence. If you miss the markings or the panel becomes misaligned, pry out the nails and insert the panel once again, or use a new panel for inserting into the fence. Once the panel is inserted, you can apply a fresh coat of paint to match with the fence.