Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 69
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by HandyWoman Excellent product for correcting leaning fence
I found this idea and product by watch YouTube about how to correct leaning fence. Well, I found out online that Home Depot carries it. Ordered five to correct poorly installed leaning fence posts on one side of the backyard. They worked like magic and the corrected posts with the menders feel quite strong in a straight position. I bought another one for all the posts on that side.
December 11, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bobby Easy enough fix for a broken post
Followed advice from other reviews to install using two sledgehammers. It took some quite a few hits to get it far enough in the ground to offer support. I had to wedge it between concrete and the base of the old post that broke. So far, so good. If storm winds wiggle it loose I'll just dig it deeper next time. Also, I only used one per a post...for now.
November 8, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by zipmac22 A real time saver!
The E-Z Mender is an incredible time saver! Instead of replacing the post and using some type of cement to help anchor the post, one or two E-Z Menders will secure the post even if the base is rotten all the way through. There are a few things to keep in mind to make things easier. As someone else had mentioned use two hand sledge hammers. Place one sledge hammer on the little lip that is suppose to be hit and hit that first sledge hammer with a second one. I used a smaller 2.5 pound placed on the lip and a heavier 4 pound sledge hammer to strike the smaller one. If you hit each hit fully on the face of the hammer you'll pound the E-Z Mender into the ground pretty quick.
Also, drill a pilot hole about half the size of the lag bolt you're using. Using a washer with the lag bolt will insure the E-Z Mender gets pulled snug to the post. If you are using two E-Z Mender make sure that one is slightly lower than the other one since the lag bolt may run into the other. Depending on your driver you might over tighten the lag bolt and shear the lag bolt head off.
Take your time and you'll be rewarded with a great repair in a fraction of the time it takes to put in a new post!
March 19, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Dregalla The brilliance is in the simplicity and efficiency of the product
Consider first, that a standard pressure treated 4x4 fence post is ~$25. Pair this with the time (if it is yours) and/or cost associated with removing the 2x4 railing that connect to the the old post, removing the post itself, setting the new post in concrete, allow concrete to cure (at least 2-4 hours with fast-setting mix) and reattaching the 2x4 railing. Per post, you are looking at about ~$100 per post if you are paying someone and at least a 6 hour job (if not much longer when you are working on more than a single post) if it is your time with an added inconvenience of this timeline if you have dogs.
I used ONE EZ Mender per 4x4 post, of which I fixed two, which were leaning about 8" off of vertical, falling into my neighbors yard. Driving the EZ Mender on my respective side of the fence without detaching any component of the fence took ~3 minutes per unit. Both EZ Menders were driven through a concrete footer using a 6 lb. sledge. All things considered, I fixed a severely damaged section of fence for the cost of two EZ Menders ($20 total) and a box of 2.5" decking screws ($5), which is the price of a single new pressure-treated 4x4, which at that price, is only laying in the bed of your truck...with hard work and time, you can put that $25 dollar post into a new home!...or just use the EZ Mender.
TIP: The driving surface for the Mender is slightly convex but is intended to collapse after initial impact and span out. This dramatically increases your surface area. So, in your first several hits with the sledge, use courage and strength!
February 20, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by mark100904 Exactly as advertised
I used 8 of these to prop up an old wooden fence around a rental property. The posts weren't cracked but they were very loose as they were not anchored with cement at all on some and partially on others. They worked as advertised - I drove them into the ground with a hand sledge and as you drive them, they straighten the post. Then drill some good exterior screws in them and you are done. If the ground around the post is really open because you pulled out old cement, maybe drive a couple wooden stakes in there for extra measure. Truthfully, if I had a fence on my own property, I would probably dig out the hole and pour in new concrete, but that's me. This is a great fix that takes maybe 10 minutes per post and I'm sure will last awhile.
June 30, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Elise111 Very sturdy- great product.
These are stronger than the original wooden post. Very thick steel. My pressure treated posts were set concrete. I used the technique listed by others- one 4lb sledge resting on the cut-out and another 4 lb sledge to hit it in. Took a lot of hits, but was installed in a few minutes. My existing concrete was the type was mixed in a tub and poured around the post, I suspect that if I had used the 'set/fill/add water' type concrete, it may have split from the force of pounding in the e-z mender.
I found that I only need to do one side of the post, so I did the side that gets the least amount of sprinkler spray. I also used the Simpson SD #9 1 1/2in structural connector screws so the post can be replaced in the future.
In the past, I've spent hours chiseling out the old rotten stump and shaving down new posts to fit in the old hole. I thought that was the way to do it right. Not true- the post is will just fail again. I'm sold on this product!
April 14, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DIYMan Great to repair wooden fence posts
Good product to repair failing wooden fence posts. Just straighten the post, hammer the unit into the ground at the post, nail it to the post above ground, and if desired put new cement around it to further strengthen the fence. The fence should last many more years.
April 7, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by john great product
The posts I am supporting are still intact but its more preventive that Im putting them on, I've seen a neighbors fence just drop down like so..... these add support even with winds. I installed them with a AIR HAMMER so they go in real good
July 28, 2015