Emergency Fence Patching Strategies: Tips for Holes in Wood, Chain Link and Vinyl Fences

Regardless of which type of fence you have, your fence may occasionally get a hole in it. Depending on the type of fence, the size of the hole and how your fence is being used, you may need to call an Australian fencing contractor to expertly repair the fence for you. However, there are quick and easy but still effective fixes you can do in the meantime. Organised by type of fencing, here are a few patching ideas to consider during your next fencing emergency.

Patch a Wood Fence

If you have a wood fence with a hole in it, there are several patching possibilities. If you only have a small to medium-sized hole, you can patch it with a piece of plywood cut slightly larger than the hole. To attach the plywood use small nails or screws for medium-sized holes and wood glue for small holes. You can use sturdy cardboard in a similar way.

If you are mending a larger hole or don't have any plywood on hand, consider using a pallet as part of a fence section. Pallets are extremely versatile and can be taken apart and reconfigured in ways that work for your needs.

2. Patch a Chain Link Fence

If you have a chain link fence, you can buy a patching kit. Essentially, these kits contain a patch made of chain link which you cut to size and then attach by twisting the wires of the patch to the wires in the fence.

However, if you don't have time to go buy a chain link patch, you can use a simple piece of lightweight scrap metal and temporarily weld it to the pieces of metal surrounding the hole in your fence.

Alternatively, you can straighten wire hangers and use those to create a homemade patch until you have time to buy a patch kit. Simply pull the wire over the hole and twist it with the edges of metal around your hole. You may need to dismantle several hangers for this patching method.

3. Patch a Vinyl Fence

If you have a hole in a vinyl fence, you won't easily be able to adhere a plywood or scrap metal patch to it. However, you can create a temporary patch with a bit of expanding insulation.

Simply take a can of spray insulation and spray it around the edges of the hole. Once that layer has dried, spray another layer around the hole's new perimeter. Repeat this technique until you have covered the entire hole.

If you want to make this temporary patch look more permanent, use plastic automotive body filler over the spray insulation.