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How To Install A Fence Post

By on December 17, 2015 in Home Maintainence & Remodeling

Installing a fence yourself can be hard work but is well worth the time and effort. Adequate planning is the key to making your fence project a success.

Traditional or Digless System

Before actually installing a fence, it is best to decide which route you prefer. Instead of the normal fence that requires digging, a new concept that is drawing a lot of attention lately is the new digless systems. Even though the concept has been used in Canada for quite a bit, it’s rapidly gaining traction in the United States. The traditional way to install your posts is to dig holes and add concrete, which can add up to a lot of time and effort as well as the cost of concrete. The new no-dig concept uses anchors to hold your posts in place thus alleviating the need for messy concrete. Most fence owners find with the correct installation these fences tend to last as long as the traditional fence projects.

Planning your Project

The start of your fence project is one of the most important steps for the overall look of your fence. Planning is also crucial to the overall ease of your installation and needs to be well thought out. It’s best to take time to lay out a plan of your project. It’s helpful to stake out your fence line and tie a string between your corner post locations. This string will help define the line that your posts will need to be placed. You will also need to measure your panels before moving to the next step.

Installing your Posts and Panels

Installing your posts is one of the most time consuming tasks in your project. If you are installing traditional posts, the holes can be dug using a posthole digger or power auger. Your holes will need to be about 10 inches in diameter and dug at least 6 inches deeper than needed in order to backfill with gravel before you pour your concrete. The terminating post and posts for your gates will need to be set even deeper for added strength. If using the new digless systems you will not have to dig holes or mix concrete. However if your soil is extremely hard, a soaker hose laid on your fence line for a couple of hours before installing your posts and anchors may make your job easier. Because this system uses the soil for stability you will need to make sure the ground has not been previously disturbed. It’s best to pound the posts and anchors into the ground using a post pounder that can be picked up at any large box store.

Install a Fence panels are the most rewarding part of your installation. If installing a vinyl fence, you will need to attach rail brackets to your fence posts using the screws and brackets recommended by your fence manufacturer. Slide the panels into the brackets securing them with the screws provided. A wood fence attaches using screws best suited for your type of panels. Be sure to allow enough room between the panels to allow for expansion of the wood panels during warm weather.


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