How to install fence posts in concrete

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How to install fence posts in concrete
Secure your fence in concrete

Installing the fence posts is a crucial first step to getting your new fence up and ready to go. Use a good brand of cement and the following steps to ensure your fence posts remain firmly and permanently in place.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Superpost or Basalite Brand Concrete
  • Posthole Diggers
  • Wire
  • Posthole Augers
  • 1-by-2 Boards
  • Fence Posts
  • Garden Trowels
  • 2-by-4 Boards
  • Twine
  • Gravel
  • Carts Or Wheelbarrows
  • Cement
  • Levels
  • Garden Stakes
  • Sand

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Pound a stake into the ground at each spot where the posts will go.

  2. 2

    Run a string around the perimeter of your fence line. This will identify potential problems with hedges, trees, and other objects.

  3. 3

    Cut or buy posts that are 2 feet longer than the finished fence height.

  4. 4

    Use a posthole auger or digger to make a 2-foot hole at the post site.

  5. 5

    Put 2 to 3 inches of gravel in the bottom of the hole for drainage.

  6. 6

    Set the post into the hole.

  7. 7

    Level the post with a bubble level; anchor the post with stakes and wire or by nailing a couple of 2-by-4s to it.

  8. 8

    Mix the concrete: one part cement, two parts sand, three parts gravel. Add enough water to make it thick but not chunky.

  9. 9

    Pour concrete into the hole up to ground level. Poke the air bubbles out of the concrete with a 1-by-2 board.

  10. 10

    Check the level and adjust the post if necessary.

  11. 11

    Use a trowel to add some more concrete around the base of the post, making it mound-shaped. This will allow water to run off and not pool around the post.

Tips and warnings

  • Mix the concrete in a wheelbarrow for easiest mobility.

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