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10. Fix a Wobbly Fence Post

If the post is completely rotted out—usually because it's been set in concrete, which traps moisture against the wood—you'll need to dig it out and replace it. Otherwise, try this Tom Silva trick: Get a U-post, a metal stake designed for light-gauge wire fencing, and use a sledgehammer to drive it into the earth right next to your fence post, about 1½ feet down. Screw it to the fence post to add rigidity to your fence.
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