How to Install Fence Posts in Concrete

How to Install Fence Posts in Concrete. Installing the fence posts is a crucial first step to getting your new fence up and ready to go. Use a good brand of cement and the following steps to ensure your fence posts remain firmly and permanently in place.

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Secure your fence in concrete

Step 1

Pound a stake into the ground at each spot where the posts will go.

Step 2

Run a string around the perimeter of your fence line. This will identify potential problems with hedges, trees, and other objects.

Step 3

Cut or buy posts that are 2 feet longer than the finished fence height.

Step 4

Use a posthole auger or digger to make a 2-foot hole at the post site.

Step 5

Put 2 to 3 inches of gravel in the bottom of the hole for drainage.

Step 6

Set the post into the hole.

Step 7

Level the post with a bubble level; anchor the post with stakes and wire or by nailing a couple of 2-by-4s to it.

Step 8

Mix the concrete: one part cement, two parts sand, three parts gravel. Add enough water to make it thick but not chunky.

Step 9

Pour concrete into the hole up to ground level. Poke the air bubbles out of the concrete with a 1-by-2 board.

Step 10

Check the level and adjust the post if necessary.

Step 11

Use a trowel to add some more concrete around the base of the post, making it mound-shaped. This will allow water to run off and not pool around the post.