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E-Z Mender 12-Gauge Black Powder-Coated Mender Plate for 4x4 Nominal Wood Post

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Product Overview

Replacing an entire fence can be an expensive and difficult task. Simpson Strong-Tie offers a line of products designed to help make reinforcing fence posts easy and economical. The E-Z Base, E-Z Mender and E-Z Spike offer simple solutions for all types of fence post projects.
  • 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
  • Approved for installation with the Strong-Drive SD Connector screw
  • Made from 12-gauge steel
  • Black powder-coat finish for a decorative look
  • Install with 6 HDG nails or screws per part
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Nominal Post Size (in.)
Product Depth (in.)
2.25 in
Product Height (in.)
28 in
Product Width (in.)
3.83 in


Base Type
Regular Post Base
Connector Finish
Powder coated
Fasteners Included
Fasteners Not Included
Material Connector Compatibility
Wood to Concrete
Number of Pieces
Package Quantity
Product Weight (lb.)
4.5 lb

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty
Limited Warranty

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Fence Mender
Did exactly what it was meant to do with easy install. Awesome buy!!
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Used two of these to mend my rotted mailbox post. I used a carriage bolt, washers, and nut in th...
Used two of these to mend my rotted mailbox post. I used a carriage bolt, washers, and nut in the top plate hole to secure the plates to the post. To prevent further rot of the mended post, I opened up the original post hole in the ground, lined the hole with Geotextile pond liner, installed the mended mailbox post, and filled in the hole with #57 drainage rock. I'm very confident this repair will outlast me!
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This got the job done done for a rotted, sagging, nearly broken post at a gate hinge. I had to b...
This got the job done done for a rotted, sagging, nearly broken post at a gate hinge. I had to bend open the bracket to fit a landscape timber post but a bracket on one side did the trick. It was pretty solid by itself but I added some concrete to bring it up to ground level. Its now more sound than other nearby posts.
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    3 found this review helpful
    Surprised how well it worked!
    After some heavy rains and wind, my wife's office sign flopped over. Because of the landscaping around the sign posts, I didn't want to dig new deeper piers and pour messy concrete in there. So I used these things, and I'm very impressed how stable that sign is now. It was kinda hard to hammer the product down because the lip is a little small. So I used a thick 1" diameter bolt about 12" long and hammered on the end of it while it was butted up to the lip. That worked well for me. Great product!
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      4 found this review helpful
      I've always replaced our fence posts and if you've done it, you know it's a semi-awful job (mostl...
      I've always replaced our fence posts and if you've done it, you know it's a semi-awful job (mostly the digging out part). So when the weather dropped below 30 degrees, I was not eager to spend a few hours outside in the dirt to replace the latest rotted post, so I began to look for alternatives. Enter the Simpson Strong Tie. I watched a video in action. I bought a 4lb sledgehammer (as another poster recommended). I cut through the nails on the bottom rung of the fence (with a saw), so the Strong-tie fit snugly and maybe 5 minutes later, that thing was rock-solid in the ground and the post was holding strong. (pro tip) Be sure to read the directions before you start hammering the thing into the ground, because then you can't see the directions anymore. LOL. The "ledge" on the tie gets quite beat up as you can see, but you can always give it a light sand and repaint it if needed. I chose to only do one side at this point and still need to add a few more screws and maybe add a bit more concrete in the spring, but this thing works as advertised. All for under 10 bucks!
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        EZ Mender
        I had a new post in heavy concrete broken at the bottom. I use this, two of them, calendars and decide to post between the post in the concrete to shore up the bottom and save myself a lot of work. With the new wood and new concrete, it is very difficult to get the steel tip to go very far, but it did the job, provided it doesn’t get hit by another vehicle :-). It would be more appropriate for more Rotten wood or A post in the ground.
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        It really works
        We hammered it into the dirt as the concrete had broken away and secured new 2x4s to the bottom of the fence. Everything was rotted before but neither us or our neighbors wanted to pay for a new fence. $20 in materials and it’s standing up!
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          6 found this review helpful
          Adds stability, installs easily.
          These will work to shore up for fence posts if the wood has being to rot between the concrete base. You'll likely want to straighten any crooked posts first, then install these. Consider which side(s) you will place them in - front, back, left or right. Strongly recommend using a small sledge vs nail hammer to instal. Make sure you have some coated deck screws if installing in pressure treated lumber.
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          Fence mender
          The mender really works. I have a rotted post and i use the mender to replace the base. Works great and i am very happy with it.
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          So quick to install!
          Had a family member run over the mailbox while staying at a rental property. Didn't want to be at the mercy of the landlord to price out the repair, so I went to home depot and bought two of these, and a small pack of 1.5" exterior screws. Borrowed a drill, hammer and screw driver. Took about 30 minutes to remove post from mailbox, install these backets, and screw it back together. It was one of the rubbermaid plastic mailboxes, that slide over top of a wood 4x4 post. It does take a few hits from the hammer to get these deep enough into the ground, but the bump out section on the side starts to flatten out making it easier to hit. Super sturdy, stronger than before. Took picture of finished product, the mailbox slide right over the bracket. It was done so quickly I didn't stop to take a picture of the bracket inside.
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