dig for fence posts

dig for fence posts

You don’t have to be an expert to set up a fence – all you need is a few tools and some handy digging instructions. Here’s what you need to understand about the process of creating fence post holes. With the right resources and knowledge, getting that fence up won’t take long at all!

To begin, pinpoint the coordinates for where the fence will run. After determining that, begin to excavate. The depth of the excavation depends on the height of the fencing; as a general guideline, make each hole at least one-third of the post’s elevation. For instance, should you be using 8-foot verticals, go 2 feet below ground.

To dig the hole, an auger is ideal – a tool specifically made for the purpose. No auger? Then use a shovel to begin with. Punch a pilot hole in the middle of the opening and, in a continuous spiral pattern, widen it until it reaches the desired depth.

Now that you’ve made your pit, you can select the structure to hoist it. Wooden posts are the most typical type, and the best wood to pick is treated lumber. Treated lumber is engineered to withstand decay and degradation so it’ll make an ideal fence support.

The post installation can begin by laying a basin of gravel at the bottom of the excavation. This layer will facilitate drainage. The post itself should be placed in the hole and then filled with soil around it incrementally. Compressing the soil as it is added will inhibit air pockets from forming.

Once the post finds its lodging, bolstered stability can be achieved by introducing concrete into the chasm. Should you choose to do this, you should strictly follow the manufacturer’s instructions when stirring up the concoction, making sure to leave a couple of inches of space at the top for expansion as the slurry solidifies.

After the concrete sets for a full day, you’re ready to affix the fence panels, making your dreams of a fenced-in area come to life! With only a little effort, you can do the job yourself, excavating holes for posts and putting the fence up.

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