How to install a fence post into soil
Posted: January 17, 2017
Categories: Technical Guides
Installing fence posts may seem daunting, but it is a straight forward process. Once in place you can attach the desired fence panels and get the look that you want for your garden.
Installing a fence post into soil
- Fence post
- Hardcore or gravel
- Post mix cement
- Spirit level
- Timber batons
- Tape measure
Fixing the fence post directly into soil
- Dig out a 600 mm deep and 300 mm wide hole (the depth of this hole should allow a quarter of you fence post to be below ground)
- Then fill the hole up to 25 mm with hardcore / gravel
- Place the fence post into the ground
- Gradually fill the with the dry post mix cement and compact down using the timber baton
- Check that the fence post is square using the spirit level
- Once the cement is 25 mm from the top of the hole, pour in water
- Use temporary batons to secure the fence post into place
- Once the cement has hardened, remove the batons and cover the remainder of the hole with soil.
Alternatively, fixing into earth
Use a Fencefast Easy-fit Spike for a simple solution that is easy to install.
If fixing a high level panel so 5’ or 6’ then use the Fencefast Easy-Fit Spike 750mm, if fixing a low level panel 4’ or 3’ then use the Fencefast Easy-fit Spike 650mm.
- Make a pilot hole using a metal rod or bar. This will help the spike to position itself correctly and also alert you of any underground obstructions.
- Insert the spike into the pilot hole and using the specially designed Driving Tool, hammer the spike into the ground with firm blows from a sledge hammer.
- Frequently check the spike with a level to ensure that the box is vertical and make any corrections with the driving tool.
- Finally locate the box to its correct height and position. When the box has reached its desired position carefully insert the fence post and tighten up the retaining bolts