How to Sink Wooden Fence Poles

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How to Sink Wooden Fence Poles
Sinking wood fence posts requires some basic tools and skills. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Fence posts or poles provide the support for fences. Wooden fence posts are used for decorative backyard fences as well as livestock fences. In both cases the proper setting or sinking process creates solid posts to make the fence solid. Sinking fence posts requires basic tools and skills common to most do-it-yourselfers.

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Things you need

  • Posthole digger
  • Wood stakes and braces
  • Hammer
  • Carpenter's level
  • Premixed concrete
  • Steel rod
  • Concrete trowel

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  1. 1

    Dig the fence posthole, using a manual posthole digger or a power digger available from an equipmental rental shop. Dig the hole with a diameter three times the diameter of the post, according to the website Package Pavement. Make the depth about one-third the length of the post.

  2. 2

    Place the post in the hole. Drive two stakes into the ground about 2 feet from the post. Straighten the post in both vertical directions, using a carpenter's level. Nail braces from the post to the stakes to hold the post straight.

  3. 3

    Add water to premixed concrete according to manufacturer's instructions. Pour the cement around the post. Use a steel rod to tamp the concrete into the hole. This also eliminates any air bubbles that may form in the concrete during pouring.

  4. 4

    Mound the concrete up with the high edge next to the post. Smooth the cement using a trowel to promote water drainage away from the post.

  5. 5

    Allow the cement to cure according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Tips and warnings

  • Sinking wooden fence posts in cement is commonly used in wood fences and wire fence corner posts because of the greater strain. Line posts are sometimes sunk in place by tamping dirt excavated from the hole around the post base. Place about 6 inches of dirt in the hole and tamp with a heavy metal or wooden rod.

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