Fencing 101: Posts

No jousting or anything going on here, just the building-a-fence kind of fencing. We have been busy, busy, busy working on the fence. I told you about pulling up the old fence, fence posts and digging the holes for new posts.

Hurray! No more chainlink. With that gone (err…piled up in portions of the yard but whatever) Ryan and my brother got to drilling. They used a two-man auger to drill the new holes. Look at those muscles!!

According to Ryan and Trey, it was totally worth the $60 to rent it. They were able to get all of the holes dug in less than three hours. We decided to use the existing holes left over from the chain link fence and add where needed, so they only had to drill about 12-15 new holes. Both would agree that trying to use the auger with tons and tons of tree roots, well, SUCKS!! The whole entire front part of the yard (with lots of trees) took three times as long as the back (no trees). There was some major manual labor and even axes involved as well. I love our big trees, but darn you tree roots!!! I am pretty sure my brother will never buy a house with trees, like ever…

With all of the holes dug, we started our fence post party. That’s what I called it all week when I was trying to rope my family into helping. Who doesn’t love a party, right? 🙂

With my family on board (aren’t they awesome?!) we got to work setting the fence posts. First, we laid out all of our posts and concrete. All 37 bags and 37 posts.

Dude. Concrete is heavy! Did you know that? I mean, I knew that, but now I REALLY know that. 🙂

Next, we set each corner post in place. We used a chalk line to help us stay in line from one end to the other. Then, one person would put the post in the hole. The hole should be between 18 and 24″ deep, depending on the height of your fence, with the posts sitting firmly on the base of the hole. Make sure the post is in line with your chalk line (or whatever tool you want to use to keep it in line).

Level the posts from north to south and east to west. I would recommend using at least a three-foot level for accuracy. With the posts in line and level, we poured the Quikrete mix.

We made sure it was perfectly level. Lots and lots of leveling!

Once you are confident with your leveling capabilities, slowly add water.

To allow water to penetrate, poke holes in the Quikrete mix. You want the concrete mixed well from top to bottom. We used this metal stick thing (very technical term) to help mix the concrete. I think my Dad actually pulled it out of the ground somewhere in the yard. The previous homeowners left lots and lots of yard art and bird feeders for us.

Make sure it stays level while you are adding water. You only have a few more minutes of forgiveness before the post is set FOREVER. Also, the post is very stable at this point, so you don’t have to stand there holding it until the concrete is set. You will be more likely to bump it out of level while holding it!

Then, you move on to the next posts and the next one and the next one after that until you are done! Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. We usually had three people working on one posts at a time: one person holding and leveling the posts, one person pouring concrete mix/poking holes once water was added, and one person with the garden hose adding water. We also had someone watching the chalk-line and making sure it was inline with the other. We would set the posts at each set of a run and move toward the middle.

Ba-da-bing, ba-da-boom. About four hours later, we set all 37 posts, no problem. Except for tired backs and feet.

I would not call setting posts difficult, but it does take time and patience. It is something you want to take your time on, while still working efficiently. Also, it is not a one or two person job. You need at least three people, but I would recommend four. Extra hands are always helpful!

We have made a lot of progress on the fence! Woot Woot! The puppies won’t have to stay tied up much longer, thank goodness! More updates soon!

Does anyone have fence building experience?

Thanks for reading!



6 thoughts on “Fencing 101: Posts

  1. No fence yet – but it’s in the master plan – but after seeing what you guys went through – maybe I’ll put it a little farther down on the list. 🙂

  2. Great job, guys! (and girls)
    We always take on the task of building our own fence. My husband refuses to let me hire someone and in the end… it always looks so good. Once those posts are in place the rest is SO MUCH FUN. Well, it was for me because all I had to do was watch the pickets go up. HA HA! Throw in a heavy duty nail gun and it moves fast. Lots of work, though… and it’s going to look so amazing! Can’t wait to see the final reveal.

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