How to Take Apart a Vinyl Fence

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Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver

  • Rubber Mallet

  • Post Hole Digger

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Whether you're replacing or removing your vinyl fence or you just need it out of your way temporarily, you will need to know how to take it apart. Many vinyl fences use a system of notches and routes (a simple insert system) for assembly, and others have screws and brackets you will need to deal with. Disassembling is a simple process that you can do yourself.


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Step 1

Determine if your fence panels are attached to your fence posts with notches or screws. Look at your fence posts and examine how the rails of fence are attached. You will either see screws and brackets holding the rails of the fence or the ends of the rails will be inside the post.

Step 2

If your fence uses screws and brackets, use a screwdriver to remove the brackets from both ends of each rail. Twist the screws out of all brackets and rails and then slide the panel of fence out from between the posts.

Step 3

If your fence uses notches, pull on the top rail of the fence first. Tug on the rail to force the notches out of the route of the post. Apply pressure to post as you pull on the rail and try to force it out of the route. If you cannot pull the rail out of the post, use a rubber mallet to knock it free. Pull on the rail and tap on the post with the mallet until it frees. Remove the bottom rail of the fence, following the same process.


Step 4

Slide the pickets out of the rails of your freed fence panel. Stack the panels and rails on a few scrap pieces of wood to keep the vinyl from scratching.

Step 5

Use a post hole digger to dig down the sides of the fence posts. Fence posts are typically two to three feet into the ground; dig until you reach the bottom of the post. Pull the post out of the ground and stack it with your pickets and rails.