How to Install Concrete Fence Posts
Concrete is the perfect material to use for fence posts. Not only is it strong and durable, but it’s also easy to install.
If you’re in the mood for some DIY, consider installing concrete fence posts for your garden. In this article, we guide you through the entire process.
Why use concrete fence posts?
Though many DIYers tend to use timber for their fence posts, the many advantages of concrete make it the superior material.
- Concrete is known for its strength and durability. It will last a long time without needing maintenance.
- Concrete is resistant to rot
- Concrete can withstand high winds
- Concrete does not need regular maintenance
- Slotted concrete posts don’t require fixings — they just need slotting into place
- Slide-in concrete panels can easily be replaced
Which types of concrete post do I need?
It’s important to note that there are three different types of concrete fence posts:
For the corners of your fences, concrete corner posts accommodate two fence panels at a right angle.
Intermediate posts are used to join two fence panels end-to-end in a straight line.
End posts are used to complete the end of a run of fence panels. They only accommodate one fence panel.
How to install concrete fence posts
Step 1 – Dig a hole
You’ll need to dig suitable holes to put your concrete posts into. You should begin by marking out the hole using a gravel board to measure out the distance between each fence post. You must also dig the hole around 2ft deep.
So remember — if you want a fence that is 6ft tall, you’ll need to use fence posts that are 8ft in height to accommodate for the 2ft of post that will go underground.
Step 2 – Position the post in the hole
Position the post in the hole and check to make sure everything is aligned properly.
Step 3 – Fill the holes with concrete
Ensure that your concrete gravel boards fit perfectly between the posts. Then, pour approximately 40kg of quick-set concrete mix into each hole. Add the appropriate amount of water and hold the posts in place until the concrete starts to set. If you prefer, you can mix the dry mix and water separately shortly before filling the hole.
Step 4 – Wait overnight
Leave the concrete to cure overnight before you begin slotting fence panels into the posts.
Step 5 – Add fence panels
Slot your fence panels into place and enjoy your new fence.
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