How deep should a fence post hole be?

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How deep should a fence post hole be?
One quarter to one third of your fence posts should be beneath the ground. (fence image by Henryk Olszewski from Fotolia.com)

The experts at Taylor Rentals recommends that a fence post hole be driven deeply enough so that one third of the fence post lies beneath the ground. For instance, to build a 4-foot high fence, a 6-foot post is driven 2 feet into the ground, with 4 feet remaining above ground.

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Six-Foot Fences Require Two Feet of post Buried

Quality Equipment Rental recommends a slightly different option when it comes to digging fence posts. The company recommends a fence up to 6 feet high requires at least 2 feet of the pole be buried. This equates to 25 per cent of the fence post underground.

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Quality Equipment Rental recommends a slightly different option when it comes to digging fence posts. The company recommends a fence up to 6 feet high requires at least 2 feet of the pole be buried. This equates to 25 percent of the fence post underground.

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Factor in the environment when digging holes for your fence posts. Twenty-five percent of the post buried may be fine in areas where you don’t get too much wind or weather; in a harsher environment, bury at least one third of the post in the ground.

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