How to replace fence panels

Updated April 17, 2017

Fences act as a way to protect your home and yard from the elements. They protect both of them from unwanted intruders such as stray animals or someone looking to cause damage to your property. However, over time fence panels can become worn down and will in some cases need replacing. Luckily, fence panels can easily be bought from your local home centre. Taking the time and care to replace them will keep your home protected as well as attractive.

Remove any fence panels that are broken or worn. Using the claw side of the hammer, partially pry the panel off of the fence. Normally the panel will be nailed at two spots--near the top of the panel and near the bottom of the panel. Pry the panel just enough so that you can fit the claw of the hammer underneath the head of the nail to pull it off.

Measure the length, height and width of the panel. Also take note of the colour, texture and shape of the panel; for example, some panels are cut at a 90-degree angle at the corners while others may be cut at the corners or a bit rounded. In order to best match the panels, when you purchase them you should have this information on hand. Once you have the measurements, visit your local home centre and purchase the amount of panels that need to be replaced.

Using the tape measure, measure the distance between panels that are still on the fence; this will help you determine where you need to place the new panels. You will also need to measure the distance from the bottom and top of one of the nailed panels to where it is nailed into the fence.

Mark the gap distance on the fence with a pencil where the panel will be placed. You will also need to mark on the panel itself where it is to be nailed. You need to make sure you measure and mark off correctly so that your new panels are aligned in the right areas when they are nailed back on to the fence.

Ask your helper to hold the panel in place, being sure that the marked-off areas on the fence and panel are aligned correctly. This will ensure that your new fence panels will match and blend in with the entire fence.

Look at the existing panels and count how many nails were used to nail each panel. Next, grasp your hammer in one hand and place a nail on the panel with the other hand. Nail both the top and bottom of the panels with an equal amount of nails. Sometimes placing something underneath the bottom of the panel, such as a brick or your helper's foot, will help steady the panel so that it does not move while you are nailing it into place.


You can gently pound nails slightly into the panel before placing it to the fence so you do not slip, drop the nail and accidentally hit your finger. Doing this will also help in stabilising the panel from any unneeded movement.


Take caution when nailing, as you may injure your fingers that are holding the nail.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Pencil
  • Helper
  • Brick
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