Fences can add privacy and help increase the value of your home. There are many types of fencing material and posts are generally required to help provide a structurally sound fence. The number of posts used and the positioning of the posts are critical to the appearance and longevity of the structure.
Posts used for fencing
When building a fence you need to consider the length of the post and the type of material being used. Fencing materials include wrought iron, chain link, and wood, and most fencing requires posts to help hold the main part of the structure in place. If you are using wood as your fencing material, you will find two common types for fencing are cedar and pressure-treated wood. Some people use other types of wood such as maple or cherry, but these types of wood are used in climates that are mild and are not subjected to harsh seasonal changes.
No matter what posts material you use, make sure that the post heads are either rounded, capped or slanted to help eliminate water build-up. The shape of the post head helps to prevent the posts from deteriorating. When building your fence, you want to make sure that you have a post on both ends of the fencing. This helps to stabilize the structure. No matter what material you use for your fence, the standard distance for placing the posts is 6-8 feet apart. If you want to place the posts every 8 feet, then you will need 14 posts for 100 feet of fence. If you want to place the posts every 6 feet, then you can expect to use 18 posts.
You will also want to make sure that you dig down far enough to secure the post into the ground and that 1/3 of the post weight is below the earth. Use a string and stretch the string along the posts to make sure that you have created a straight line. This helps to provide structural strength and enhance the appearance of the fence.