What are your options to fix a broken slat in your picket fence?
Opt 1 – Go to the hardware store or home improvement center to buy a replacement slat.
Opt 2 – Hire a handyman and have him repair it.
Opt 3 – Duck tape.
Opt 4 – Glue it.
A few years ago the kids were playing in the corner of the fenced in area. Somehow one of the slats broke. It was a low priority item. I went to a home improvement center but I didn’t know the width of the slat. But realized a replacement slat would stand out compared to the seasoned slats that would be all around it. So there the slat stayed, broken.
A couple of months ago, I was moving branches out of the play area after a big storm, when I broke the top of a slat off. Now, I could not have a missing top; guess what jumped to the top of the priority list. I only had a small block of time to repair the slat I broke. What should I do? If you guessed Glue it, then you think like I do.
This instructable is the repair of the slat the kids broke. Because I had a short time to fix the slat I broke, I was unable to take pictures of that repair. There are pictures of the repaired slat I broke at the end of this instructable.
2) Quick fix,
3) Durable and
4) Look nice.
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Step 1: Materials
1) Wood Glue,
2) 2 C Clamps.
Time to Complete:
5 – 10 minutes to assemble and clean up.
30 minutes – 24 hours drying time.
Less than 50 cents worth of glue.
Step 2: Glue
Add Wood Glue to both sides of the break
Step 3: Clamp
Clamp the pieces together and wipe off extra Glue.
Let Dry – Wait 24 hrs for best results.
Step 4: Finished
After 24 hrs of drying – Remove Clamps.
Step 5: Observations & Summary
1) You cannot easily tell the slat had been broken.
2) Minimal tools and supplies.
3) By not going to the “store” for replacement slats I saved
This is the second slat I have repaired with this technique. The first slat is still going strong. You cannot easily tell that a slat had been repaired. I am satisfied with the results of both repairs.
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