How To Dig Holes For Fence Posts

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How To Dig Holes For Fence Posts

22 November 2017
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Installing a fence is a pretty simple, but tiring and physically demanding job. The most difficult part of the entire process is digging the holes for the fence posts. This is also perhaps the most vital part of the entire installation. If your fence posts aren't firmly set in a concrete footing, your entire fence can end up being flimsy and week. This article explains the best process for digging holes in the soil for concrete footings that can be used for a fence post.

Digging the Holes

The first step can be very simple or extremely difficult. It really depends on the consistency of your soil. If you have hard, dry soil, digging the hole might be very difficult. Also, if there are large rocks in your subsoil, it can be backbreaking labor. Often, it will be very easy to dig your hole with a normal shovel.

How Deep Should the Holes Be?

Of course, the difficulty that also depends on how deep you have to dig your hole. The depth of the whole obviously depends on how tall your fence is going to be. There are no exact codes for how deep your whole needs to be, but it should be at least 1/3 as deep as the fence will be tall. So, you should dig a 2' deep hole if you want a 6' tall fence. If this is the case, you would need at least 8' for each post, but you would want to buy 10' tall fence post. To be safe, you can dig your hole a tiny bit deeper than 1/3, especially if the soil is loose. Then, when all is said and done, you cut off the top of the extra fence post to the exact height. That is, you don't want to just buy an 8' tall fence post because it would be difficult to exactly measure the depth of the hole. It is better to have your post too tall once the concrete footing dries.

Mixing the Concrete

The secret to creating a strong fence post is to pour the concrete into the hole at the same time that you are setting the post. That is, add the mixture and water into the hole together and then mix them. Don't mix them together beforehand. Doing this creates stronger footings and eliminates an extra step. Most modern fences are modular, so once the posts are properly installed, the rest of the installation process is fairly simple.

Contact a company like Holman Fence LLC for more information and assistance.