How to Take Down Vinyl FencingSo, maybe you’ve just finished a downed tree removal, that left the fence damaged. Or, it could be you’re installing new landscaping. Putting in a pool or another type of water feature and with it, a new fence for your backyard. Before you do anything, be sure to call the local utilities to ensure you’re not going to accidentally cut into one or more lines. Or, unwittingly dig up television cable or another kind of utility.
Whether you’re replacing or removing your vinyl fence or you just need it out of your way temporarily, you will need to know how to take it apart. Many vinyl fences use a system of notches and routes (a simple insert system) for assembly, and others have screws and brackets you will need to deal with. Disassembling is a simple process that you can do yourself. —eHow.comAlso, have a plan to deal with children and pets. Even though it’ a vinyl fence, that doesn’t mean it’s risk free. The materials are still a tripping hazard, at the very least. Whether you’re taking the vinyl fencing out permanently or just removing a section for a kids’ swing set disposal, it’s generally just a matter of following a step-by-step guide. Once one portion is out, the rest gets more easy as you go along. Here’s how to take down vinyl fencing:
- Take off the swinging gate. The first thing to do is to remove the swinging gate. This is a great place to start because it provides easy access to the posts, away from walls and other obstructions. Examine how the gate is attached, then carefully remove the hinges from the post and pull the gate away.
- Take the top caps off the posts. If equipped, the vinyl fence might have top caps or a railing system which runs between posts to help secure the panels in place. Take off the top railing, using a drill-driver, screwdriver, or pry bar.
- Remove the panels from the posts. Next, pull the fence panels away, or slide the pickets from the fence panel. You’ll see how it’s put together and once you figure this out, the rest will be the same along the entire fixture.
- Dig up the fence posts, one-by-one. Lastly, you’ll have to remove the posts one at a time, using a post hole digger. This is the most laborious part of taking down any fence. Generally, posts are buried about two to three feet into the ground, set into concrete.