Fences are needed for many reasons, serve a host of uses and come in many different sizes and designs. If you are hoping to erect a fence without putting all the extra effort of digging, there are a few ways to go about it for a durable finished project. Without the benefit of the ground to secure a post to hold up a fence, you need to find a different way to secure the fence to the ground.
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If you need a temporary fence or a border that you can move as needed, a quick way is to use concrete blocks. Attach a bracket to a concrete block that is heavy enough to hold the wood or other material you plan to use to build the fence. The posts can be mounted to the brackets and the fence finished from there. Although this makes for a lovely adjustable fence, it won't hold up to high winds or inclement weather that can deteriorate the durability of the temporary structure. Don't build it too high or ask the concrete base to hold entirely too much weight.
Post Holders for Dirt
If you have a level area with dirt that is easily dug up, a post holder can save time and money to get a fence up quickly. The specially-designed post holders for sinking in to soil are economical and convenient. The post holders are hammered in to the ground with a sledgehammer. Posts are then mounted to the sunken posts. This makes for a secure fence that can hold quite a bit of weight and ride out heavy winds and torrential rains compared to the freestanding fence that uses concrete bricks as a base.
Post Spikes Solve Soil Issues
If you have hard soil, a wooden fence post can be sunk into a premade post spike for a relatively strong fence. A post spike is made of heavy metal and is about 24 to 30 inches long so that it can get a good grip in the ground. The metal box that is attached at the top holds the base of the wood fence post. The metal spike is driven into the ground with a sledgehammer. It provides an inexpensive and convenient way to erect a fence in a short amount of time. This also keeps the wood safe from rotting due to water seeping into the ground, so just make sure the top of the metal spike is above the ground level.
Kimberley McGee is an award-winning journalist with 20+ years of experience writing for a variety of clients, including The New York Times, Las Vegas Review-Journal Home section and other national publications. As a professional writer she has researched, interviewed sources and written about home improvement, interior design and related business trends. She earned a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her full bio and clips can be viewed at www.vegaswriter.com.