How To Set Secure Fence Posts In Soil

Posted on: 23 November 2015

The hardest part of installing an exterior fence is setting the posts. The posts are vital to the overall strength and durability of the fence. If you want your fence to last a long time in soil, it is very important that you properly install the footings for the posts. You will need to dig the holes and pour concrete into the hole for the posts to sit in. This article explains how to pour and mix concrete for fence post footings.

Digging the Holes

Digging the holes is the hardest part of the job, just because it is so hard on your back. Bending and pulling out large chunks of dirt is easier if you have a post digger. If you don't have a post digger, you can just use a spade shovel. There are no set rules for how deep or wide your hole should be. In general, your holes should be about 1/3 as deep as the fence is tall.  So, a 6' tall fence should at least 2' deep. In total, you would need an 8' long post. After you dig the hole you need to pat down the sides to make the walls strong. You don't want the sidewalls of the soil to crumble during the concrete mixing.

Mixing the Concrete

For strong fence posts in soil, you can use traditional ready-mix concrete. The best way to mix the concrete is to do it in the actual hole. Don't waste your time premixing it in a bucket and then pouring it into the hole. Set the post in place and then pour the water and ready-mix powder into the hole as you mix them together. Use a small level to make sure the post stays level as the concrete dries.

Mixing in the hole helps the concrete aggregate with the soil and create a stronger post when it dries. You can mix the concrete by spraying the water into the hole with a strong stream. You should do some additional mixing with power drill and concrete mixing attachment. Don't fill the hole up all the way to the top. Leave a few inches so you can place sod around the edge of the post and hide the footing.

This is a definitely an easy and effective way to install concrete footings. Once you learn how to dig post holes and mix the concrete, you can do this job on all types of posts set in soil. For more information, contact a fencing supplies business like Harrington & Company.