How To Remove A Wrought Iron Fence

Wrought iron fences are made of fence posts that are evenly spaced apart so as to support horizontal fence sections. The primary difference between removing a wrought iron fence versus removing a plastic or wood fence is that the wrought iron fence has to be handled carefully so as to avoid any injury to the people removing it. As with other types of fences, each section of the fence is connected to the supporting posts with hardware, all of which have to be removed in order to take down the fence. It's generally necessary to have an assistant while doing this, since it can be difficult to handle the heavy wrought iron alone.

What You Will Need

  • Protective Gloves
  • Steel Toed Boots or Shoes
  • Socket Wrench with Sockets
  • 3 Foot Long Steel Pipe
  • Shovel

Step 1. Put on protective gloves and steel toed boots or shoes. Find the bolts that attach the sections of iron fence to the posts. Usually, you will see two bolts at the top and two bolts at the bottom of each section, although if you have an unusually small wrought iron fence there might only be one bolt in each position.

Step 2. Use a socket wrench to loosen the bolts connecting one of the fence sections to the posts. If there is corrosion or thick paint over the wrought iron bolts, you may have to put a length of steel pipe on the end of the wrench to give yourself greater leverage so you can pry the bolts loose.

Step 3. Once you have them loose, completely remove the bolts at the bottom of the fence section first.

Step 4. Go to one end of the section and removed the top bolts from that end. Have someone hold the section up so it remains level while you go to the other end and removed the top bolts there as well. Take the disconnected fence section to a spot where you can stack all the sections and store them.

Step 5. Repeat steps 2–4 to remove all the other sections and stack them.

Step 6. Use a shovel to remove the grass and break up the topsoil surrounding the wrought iron fence posts. Excavate roughly 4 inches all the way around each post and go down at least 12 inches. You want to ensure there is no soil surrounding the posts.

Step 7. To loosen each post even further, rock them back and forth by pulling and pushing on them.

Step 8. One by one, you should now lift the posts from the ground. If the posts are too heavy to lift by yourself, have one or more assistants help you. Stack the posts beside the stacked fence sections.

For more information, you might consider contacting a local fencing company like Sarasota Fence Inc.