How to Set Fence Posts in Concrete

Learning how to set fence posts is the first step in building a sturdy fence that will stand for many years. While there are many ways of setting fence posts, this tutorial explains how to set them in concrete. This is one of the easiest methods for homeowners that want to construct a permanent fence.

Step 1: Use string and stakes to delineate the perimeters of the fence. Along the strings, mark the location of every intended fence post. Now is also the time to decide how to address obstacles like trees or terrain changes.

Step 2: Dig holes the location of each stake that are 24-36 inches deep, depending on the height of the fence. The holes should be roughly 8-12 inches in diameter.

TIP: Use a auger or fence post digger to dig the holes. You can also have a company come and dig the holes for you using a tractor attachment or other tool.

Step 3: Add a couple of inches of gravel to the bottom of the hole to encourage drainage.

Step 4: Set the pole in the hole, cutting it as necessary to have the correct height above ground. Mix enough concrete to set two or three posts in holes.

TIP: Don’t mix too much concrete at once: it will start to cure very quickly and is easiest to work with in small batches.

Step 5: Use a carpenter’s level to make sure the post is plumb once it has been cut to it’s final size and is sitting in the hole. Use 2×4’s to steady the fence post as necessary to avoid unnecessary movement.

Step 6: Fill the hole around the fence post with the concrete. Check one last time to make sure that the post is plumb. Angle the surface of the concrete so it encourages water to drain away from the fence post. This will prevent water damage in the future.

Step 7: Move on to the next hole using the same techniques to set the post.

Step 8: After the first fence post’s concrete has set for a few hours, remove the supports. Continue removing supports until all the posts are standing on their own.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

5 Things You Need to Do to Your Lawnmower

Well, it's that time of year again -- it's time to mow the grass. While it's probably not your favorite thing to...

Five Steps and a Weekend to the Perfect Backyard Pergola

"Pergola" might sound like a weird word, but it's a simple, yet striking outdoor feature that's great for creating a tucked-away space...

How to Remove Bumps and Dips in Your Lawn

When dips, bumps and valleys present themselves in your lawn, you may want to remove them. Many people simply add dirt or...

Building a Deck? Consider Redwood

Big or small, wide or tall: a redwood deck can be a luxurious addition to your home. It's not only a beautiful...

How to Transplant a Rose Bush

Like pruning, transplanting roses is a task best done in late winter or early spring. You'll want to be able to dig...

Coleus Plant: The Ultimate Guide to Growing Coleus

The coleus plant is one of the best plants to grow indoors or outdoors because of its beautiful and vibrant look. The...