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How To Set Fence Posts In Soil

Ivan May

When it comes to installing a fence on your property, the hardest part is setting the posts. This is particularly true if you are setting your post directly into soil. Most modern fences have modular designs, with slats and rails that are pre-cut and fitted so they can be installed easily. However, even modular fences need to have a post properly installed in the soil. That is, the process for installing a fence post into soil is basically the same regardless of your fence material or style. This article explains how to install fence posts into soil like a pro.

Digging the Holes

Digging the holes for your posts can be the most tiring part of the job. It really depends on the depth of your hole, the density of your soil, and if there are any rocks in the way. If you're lucky, you'll be able to dig right into the soil using just a handheld shovel or post digging shovel. Otherwise, you might need to use power saws to cut through tree roots.

Regardless, you need to make sure that your post holes are deep enough. There aren't really any specific rules or coats for how deep the post hole needs to be, because it depends so much on the size of your fence and the make up of your soil. One good rule to follow is to make sure your posts are half as deep as your posts will be top. So, if you wanted an 8' tall fence post, you could dig a 4' deep hole.

The key to digging post holes is to try and keep them as narrow as possible. This can obviously be difficult when you're trying to dig 4 feet deep holes. This is where having a post digging shovel is going to be very helpful. These enable you to get dirt out from deep in the soil without creating a super wide hole.

Pouring the Footing

Once your whole is dug it is time to pour the concrete footing. Some people mistakenly think that they need to mix the concrete together and then poured it in the hole. You actually get better results if you mix the concrete and water together in the hole. That is, you pour them into the hole as you set the post. If you mix the concrete in the hole, it will create a stronger bond with the new post and the existing soil. This is the best way to create stronger concrete footings for any post.

With strong posts, the rest of your fence construction will be relatively easy. Contact a company, like W & W Services, for more help.


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I grew up in a rural community. My parents always planted a vegetable garden each year. Unfortunately, they didn’t protect this garden from wildlife. Therefore, deer often consumed much of my family’s crop. If you’re contemplating planting your first vegetable garden this year, you can prevent this misfortune from happening to you. Thankfully, a good fence can keep deer and other wildlife out of your garden. If you’re unfamiliar with how to install a fence, contact a reputable fence contractor. This individual can install a fence that will meet your specific needs. On this blog, you will discover the best types of fence to install around a vegetable garden.