How to Install Fence Posts in Sand

Updated February 21, 2017

Fences are an addition to many homes. They add privacy and security, as well as define property lines. Installing a fence is a project that most homeowners can undertake in just a couple of weekends. However, if your soil is sandy, you will need to take a few extra measures and not skip any of the following steps when installing your posts. When you are done, you will have fence posts that are secure and ready for you to attach your fence.

Dig post holes. You will need to dig your post holes one-third of the length of your fence panels plus 6". However, for sand, this will need to be a minimum of 2 1/2 feet deep. The width of your hole should be 6" wider than your posts. A post hole digger should be ample enough for sand.

Fill in your hole 6" with gravel or crushed stone. Tamp or press down tightly.

Set your post in the hole and use a level to hold it straight. Have a second person fill the hole slightly above ground level with quick setting cement. Be sure to follow manufacture's directions to mix the cement. Use a trowel to grade the cement from the pole to the ground so that water will wash away from the pole. Move to the next pole when the concrete sets, which takes usually about 10 to 15 minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • Post hole digger Quick-setting cement Trowel Level Gravel or crushed stone
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