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Simpson Strong-Tie

Model FPBM44E

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FPBM44E Black Powder-Coated 12-Gauge E-Z Mender

$7.48 /each

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Replacing an entire fence can be an expensive and difficult task. Now it's easy for you to get your fence back in shape and your home back to looking its best. Simpson Strong-Tie offers a line of products designed specifically to help you make some of the most common fence repairs, easily and economically.

  • Allows easy repair of rotted or damaged 4x4 wood posts installed in concrete or dirt
  • Reinforces weakened wood posts without having to replace the post or the concrete
  • Sold individually use in pairs
  • Attach post to E-Z Mender using 6 HDG nails or screws per part
  • Made from 12-Gauge steel
  • Black Powder-Coat

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can these be used on a post that has completely broken off?

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June 7, 2012
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These work under a variety of conditions and can be applied slightly differently depending on the situation. In my case, at first I was disapointed because my posts were older, full dimension 4x4, cement-set posts, rotted/broken at the ground. The E-Z Mender was too small to fit around a un-planed 4x4, which is how I had planned to use it. Once faced with that problem I figured out it could still work if Read More
These work under a variety of conditions and can be applied slightly differently depending on the situation. In my case, at first I was disapointed because my posts were older, full dimension 4x4, cement-set posts, rotted/broken at the ground. The E-Z Mender was too small to fit around a un-planed 4x4, which is how I had planned to use it. Once faced with that problem I figured out it could still work if I bought some new pressure treated posts (planed dimension = appx 3.5 inches by 3.5 inches). In practice, the exterior dimension of the mender fit snugly in the 4" square cement hole and the interior of the mender fit the new 3.5" 4bys snugly and all worked great. Although I have not tried it, I suspect in some situations you could fit a 3.5 inch hole by using a doubled up 2x4, which in one dimension is 3" instead of 3.5". Setting the clamps on the 3" through dimension would allow it to fit in the 3.5" hole, at least in that direction. I am not sure how easy it would be to pound in, as there would be some required compression in the other direction, but I think it would work. What it will not do is clamp an existing, full demension, rough cut 4x4. Read Less
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April 3, 2016
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These brackets are designed for repair of fence posts that have broken off (often at soil level) and which were set in either dirt or concrete. The manufacturer suggests using two brackets per broken post (place them on opposite sides of each other) to create a level and strong fence post. For posts that have rotted at or below ground, it is often possible to set the remaining (sound) fence post in the Read More
These brackets are designed for repair of fence posts that have broken off (often at soil level) and which were set in either dirt or concrete. The manufacturer suggests using two brackets per broken post (place them on opposite sides of each other) to create a level and strong fence post. For posts that have rotted at or below ground, it is often possible to set the remaining (sound) fence post in the brackets, thus avoiding replacing it (and the attached fence panels). Read Less
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September 21, 2015
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Yes it can, backing up what Fence Guy and Jenni said. My post was rotted enough to the point to where it may as well have been split or cut in two halves. My post is still sturdy and standing 2 years later, I plan to buy and trust enough to use 3 others for posts of the same condition. It is work but chisel away the "old" surrounding concrete if any, so that the mending plate is flush against the post or Read More
Yes it can, backing up what Fence Guy and Jenni said. My post was rotted enough to the point to where it may as well have been split or cut in two halves. My post is still sturdy and standing 2 years later, I plan to buy and trust enough to use 3 others for posts of the same condition. It is work but chisel away the "old" surrounding concrete if any, so that the mending plate is flush against the post or two halves before pouring new concrete around it. Read Less
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August 31, 2015
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As a Handy Man Service I have used these many times. If the post was destroyed by a tree root there is no problem. In all cases use 2 menders and lag bolts and long deck screws. If post is completely rotted out, there is great new product out there that a foam cement product. you pour the dry product into hole, put menders in, secure them and add water to manufacturer's specs. It may only last a few Read More
As a Handy Man Service I have used these many times. If the post was destroyed by a tree root there is no problem. In all cases use 2 menders and lag bolts and long deck screws. If post is completely rotted out, there is great new product out there that a foam cement product. you pour the dry product into hole, put menders in, secure them and add water to manufacturer's specs. It may only last a few years but much cheaper than having fence crew replace all posts. Also if you want fence company to replace many posts, you may need to replace entire fence $$$$$$$$ Read Less
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January 18, 2015
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Yes they can work on a post that is in 2 pieces. Ensure your post is not wider that 3.75" on the side you will install these. They do not fit on a post that is 4" wide.
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June 8, 2014
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If the post is broken but still held in place from the rest of the fence then I would say your good. If the post as well as sections of fence have been blown down or fallen down it might be questionable. since it seems this products purpose and easability rely on the broken post to be over the existing concrete pier. Ive repaired broken posts n the past by digging and breaking the old concrete out and Read More
If the post is broken but still held in place from the rest of the fence then I would say your good. If the post as well as sections of fence have been blown down or fallen down it might be questionable. since it seems this products purpose and easability rely on the broken post to be over the existing concrete pier. Ive repaired broken posts n the past by digging and breaking the old concrete out and starting over with a new post set in new concrete. This saved me from doing that and i was very satisfied even if its a couple year fix. It was very sturdy when I was done with it. Read Less
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March 20, 2014
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As long as the location of where the break is at on the post is within the support of these brackets; hence these brackets act as splints for the post. The closer the break is towards the ground the sturdier the post will be.
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March 1, 2014
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That is what I used it on twice. I had to dig the dirt around the concrete away alittle, then break it up some, but I was able to but it right on top of the broken piecethat was still in the ground.
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December 10, 2013
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Possibly, you can anchor the post to the E-Z Mender with decking screws or lags. If you can access both halves of the post you may be able to anchor both the bottom and top pieces of the post to the E-Z Mender. It may not be as secure as a post that has not completely broken in two.
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November 13, 2013
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I haven't tested but based off what I've seen having used these to fix a leaning fence I would say it wouldn't work well for a post that's completely broken. Based off how these attach I don't think the patched post would be able to support much of a load even if the post looked ok after the patch. A better fix might be setting a new post using the E-Z Spike made by the same company.
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April 14, 2013
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Yes, I think it can be used this way.
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January 8, 2013
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Yes, will not be as solid as a new 4x4 post but very close.
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August 1, 2012
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Yes, as long as you have the lower portion of the fence post still in the ground to give the brace something to grab.
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June 13, 2012
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Hello,
Thank you for contacting us. I would not recommend using the FPBM44E - E-Z Mender to repair a fully failed post. The E-Z Mender is primarily used to stiffen lose or damaged posts.
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June 13, 2012
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It worked for us. Our posts were rotted out. They recommend you use one on each side of the fence, but 1 worked for us on each post.
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what is the Length of mender can it be installed in old post cement

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April 21, 2015
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It is 28" and about half needs to be in the ground. It can be installed in old cement, I hammered right through with little trouble. The mender guides in very close to the post which helps.
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The Mender is 28" in length. you will drive this into the concrete until you cannot strike the platform on the Mender designed to be struck by a sledge. The length remaining above ground on the 2 I used is ~10" (18" in the ground).
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Dont know the length but it can be installed in your existing post cement.. I used a hand sledge and started at an angle and kept pounding until the fastener holes were close to post. It wasnt a flush mount at first so i drilled through the manufacturers holes in the brace with a long drilll bit and used 1 carriage bolt to pull it all together from both sides. Used a C Clamp as well and when I was Read More
Dont know the length but it can be installed in your existing post cement.. I used a hand sledge and started at an angle and kept pounding until the fastener holes were close to post. It wasnt a flush mount at first so i drilled through the manufacturers holes in the brace with a long drilll bit and used 1 carriage bolt to pull it all together from both sides. Used a C Clamp as well and when I was satisfied with it being fluush on post I used a few deck mate screws in predrilled holes. Hopefully it wasntt just beginners luck becasue I plan to use again in the new future. Read Less
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March 20, 2014
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The product specifications are there when you look up the product online, but to answer you're question now it's 28 inches.
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December 10, 2013
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The E-Z Mender is 28 inches.
The E-Z Mender is designed to reinforce weakened wood posts in concrete or dirt.
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November 18, 2013
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Mender is about 30" long. All but 6-8" of mine are in the ground and that way they are really stiff. Depending on how far down your concrete is will determine how far down your mender can go. I doubt very much you will be able use them unless your cement is pretty deep. They aren't going through cement.
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April 14, 2013
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Total length is 28in. I set mine in existing concrete and pounded it down 11in (to the top of the Simpson sticker).
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These are solid steel but doubt they can drive through concrete. They fit snugly around the 4x4 so if there is a small gap (1/8" - 1/4") between the concrete and the remaining fence post in the ground you should be able to drive it in with a sledge hammer.
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For Concrete:
• Remove dirt and
debris from around
the existing post.
• Drive mender plate down
along the post, wedging
it between the post and
the concrete. Repeat on
opposite side of the post.
• Fasten to post using
double-barrier coat
or hot-dip galvanized
(HDG) fasteners
(screws or nails).
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June 2, 2012
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I believe the mender is 28" in length.
It can be used in old post cement, as that is what I just did with a recent repair!
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Chicago IL
April 10, 2012
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Hello and thank you for your question.
E-Z mender is 28" inches long and it can be installed in the old post cement.Actually picture on the manufactures site shows exactly the same ...see relevant photos.
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Simpson-Strong-Tie-FPBM44E-E-Z-Mender- are there two posts in an order?

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No, only sold as 1 each.
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You have to buy two pieces at the store, one for each side of the post.
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The E-Z Menders are sold individually. Only one is included.
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Mine came 6 per box. Cost was $9.98 each. About $60 a box.
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No, only one, but one was good enough to fix the post.
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I bought mine in the store, they are sold individually.
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Sold individually in the store when I picked mine up.
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Ther is only one mender per order, you will need to purchase two per post.
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Each sold separately.
I believe they used to sell them in pairs, but no longer.
However, it is recommended that you use two per post.
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No
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Hi Ronedog48,
Thank you for your question.
The FPBM44E…they are sold individually, but used in pairs.
Hope this helps...
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Is there any danger of cracking a concrete footing with these?

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Not really. The purpose of this unit is to fill in the gap that has been created from the post rotting in the concrete footing.
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No. The steel is not strong enough to penetrate concrete. It should slide down and conform the existing square hole in the concrete.
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Yes these would not work well with posts in concrete.
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Yes the only way this works is by driving it deep into the ground, approx 15-18". To me , you would actually have to chip away some of the footing to make it work properly.
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My thought is you will without question break-off the concrete footing on the respective side that you are driving the EZ Mender into. However, I feel strongly that the core concept is that the concrete in one fashion or another have failed. You are effectively replacing the concrete-section with the Mender where ever applied.
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October 30, 2014
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Thank you for your inquiry into our FPBM44E EZ-Mender product. It is possible for the EZ-Mender to crack concrete, but we have not received a wide number of this type of complaint. There are too many variables for each concrete design for us to provide a useful answer. First, all concrete will eventually crack. Some of the variables in concrete design are its composition, PSI strength, dimensional depth, Read More
Thank you for your inquiry into our FPBM44E EZ-Mender product. It is possible for the EZ-Mender to crack concrete, but we have not received a wide number of this type of complaint. There are too many variables for each concrete design for us to provide a useful answer. First, all concrete will eventually crack. Some of the variables in concrete design are its composition, PSI strength, dimensional depth, width, how much steel reinforcement or lack there of, was installed. The customer will have to make their own evaluation on whether or not the EZ-Mender would be useful for their specific fence post condition. Read Less
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Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 97 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Worked as described It took some pounding sledge on sledge, but the support broke through the concrete and followed the post all the way down. The opposite side support went easier as the concrete had released it grip somewhat. After securing the supports with screws, the fence is secure and doesn't have ANY movement at the cracked post! I have one more post to secure and I expect the same results. No disconnecting fence sections and digging up posts!! August 16, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Good cure for wobbly post This is a great product for straightening out those lazy leaning posts. It seems designed for a square post but fit well against a round PT post. Straighten and support your post(don't be afraid of going an extra half to an inch over) and hold it tight against your post and pound away. I went from a household to a two pound to a five pounder which showed it who's boss. Pre-drill and drive your screws before releasing the support. DONE! Nothing like spending $8 and 30 minutes to do a project. I didn't look to see if it was made in USA, but I will live. August 6, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Works as advertised Great product, works as advertised. Saved us a lot of work and money. August 2, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by fix wobbly fence posts This product worked as advertised. It was easily installed and reinforced the fence post. This is my second purchase and probably not my last. July 20, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by E-Z Mender Review I have been using this product for over 6 years on dozens of fences with no failures and no callbacks. I wish all repair products were as good as this one. August 3, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Saved Me from spending over $10,000 on new fence. My 22 year old cedar fence which enclosed our back yard and patio was in decent condition, but had many posts that had rotted at the base. There were a sections of the fence that were leaning and easily affected by the wind. I got some quotes for a new fence and was unpleasantly surprised at the increase in price. Example: $10500 if I removed the current fence on my own. I went online and came across this product. Went to local Home Depot and bought one. Tried it out on one fence post. The wobbly post I installed it on became solid as a rock. I went back the next day and bought 15 more. I am almost finished with the project and have spent less than $120. I expect to get another 5 to 10 years out of this fence. May 31, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Strong tie I used Strong tie to secure a 10" high 10' long wooden retaining wall. They are heavy duty. I'm positive the retaining wall will not move out of place due to the quality of the strong tie. July 19, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by totally worth it This works as advertised and allowed me to avoid tearing out an old post. The result feels very solid and does not move when pushed. I did put on two, one on each side of the broken post. I wouldn't support a major load, but it is perfect for saving an otherwise intact panel fence. I do worry about how fast this will rust out, because you really mangle the notch where you pound it in. I also assume the concrete will scrape the powder coating pretty well, too. Five stars because it does exactly what it should. Anything more would be magic. June 21, 2016
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