Our backyard fence is starting to show its age and the cedar 4X4s are slowly starting to break with our strong SW KS winds. I would like to start replacing the 4X4s with heavy gauge steel posts (we'll need about 80 or so).
Anyway, what I'm needing to deal with is the gap between the stringers once the wood post is removed. The brackets for the steel post are just barely able to reach the end of the stringers, so there's not much bite into them and I'm afraid it won't be very strong.
Any ideas to deal with an excessive gap without replacing all the stringers for the individual broken posts? I need to replace about 5 broken posts right now, but will eventually start doing one side of the fence at a time and obviously replacing stringers to fit at that point.
The posts will be 2-3/8" x 8' AP40 (10 gauge) steel using using three 2x4 cedar rails and cedar pickets with the posts being on 8' centers. I will be using these brackets. They are the heaviest and widest I could find.
I only get about an inch overlap onto the rails. If I use 5/16 galvanized lags they are just barely grabbing the end of the rails. I thought about temporarily putting an 8" mending plate on the backside of the rails between the rail and the pickets. At least until I can start rebuilding one whole side at a time. For right now I just need to replace the 5 until later this summer.