5 Tips For Removing Old Fencing

When fencing is initially installed it is meant to last. Removal of old fencing can, therefore, be timely costly and even hazardous.

Whether you want to open up space or to install a replacement fence, you have to plan your removal.

Here are five tips to make it safer, easier and quicker for removing old fencing:

1.  Checking Locations

Confirm that the old fencing is actually situated on your property and is not actually on the neighbor’s property. The fence may have been installed before you purchased the property and belong to the neighbors.

It is important to confirm the old fence location so that your replacement is installed within your own boundaries. If your fence is installed straddling your neighbor’s property, get their permission in writing.

Before you carry out any actual work on the fence, contact the power and utility companies. You are confirming that there are no power lines, telephone lines or water pipes, near the old fencing.

As this is an old fence it may have had some utilities installed a long time ago. After a long period of time, there may now be no sign of buried cables or pipes.

2.   Safely Removing Sharp objects warped wood with nails

Whether you are removing the barbed wire or other fence panels from fence posts, be aware of nails or staples.

It is highly likely that you will be using power tools so you must be aware of any nails and staples that are left behind.

Ensure that you were the relevant safety gear such as gloves, boots or goggles. You need safety gear even when you aren’t using power tools.

Have specific containers or dump trucks on hand for any wire or metal fixings. Centralization these sharp objects can avoid injuries or even punctures on work vehicles.

3.   Removing Fence Posts

Once you have stripped off the rest of the fencing you should be left with the posts.

Although it may be cheaper to reuse the old fence posts, you need to evaluate their condition.

Assuming that you decide to remove the posts, how they are installed can determine your removal technique.

Your main choices are:

  • If posts are buried in dirt, you can dig out as much dirt as possible around the posts. Once you have dug around the post it can be removed through leverage.
  • If posts are set in concrete, you can dig out as much dirt as possible around the concrete blocks. Once you have dug around the block, it can be removed through leverage.
  • If posts are set in concrete, you can cut the posts off at ground level and leave the blocks in place. As this option leaves the blocks it can be a quicker and cheaper option.

4.   Disposal Of The Materials

Check with the local municipality to see if there are any disposal restrictions.

You may need to have separate dumpsters for concrete and other materials.

Wherever you are transporting the fence waste too, you must ensure that you have vehicles with the correct capacity. Fence posts with concrete blocks attached can be heavy and awkward to loads and transport.

5.   Hiring a Contractor

You should evaluate the amount of work involved in the fencing project and decide if it makes sense to hire a professional. If you are replacing the old fence, a contractor can replace and remove at the same time.

A professional contractor will have the correct equipment on hand and can speed up the whole process of fence removal.


If you are considering removing an old fence you need a plan covering the whole project, from preparation to disposal. Once you evaluate all the requirements for the project, you may decide to hire a contractor to do it.

You are going to need a replacement for your old fence. Get a free quote for that replacement now.


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