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How to Install a Wood Fence Post?

The installation of wooden fence posts requires several different steps. First, you need to dig a hole. You should be sure to get one that is about two feet deep. If your area is prone to freezing, you may want to have it dug a bit deeper. Secondly, you will need to put in a concrete base. This helps to protect the wood from rotting and decay. Finally, you need to seal off any gaps in the concrete. A good quality exterior caulk can help to keep the gap closed and protect the wood. 

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You will also need some tools. For example, you can rent a tractor-mounted hydraulic driver from a specialized equipment store. When you are digging the hole, be careful not to hit any underground utilities. Doing so can cause costly repairs. 

Once the hole is dug, you should be able to fit the post in the hole. Make sure to use a level to check that the post is straight. If it is not, adjust it by rocking it back and forth and repeating until it is in place. 

After the post is in place, you should use a concrete mixer to mix the concrete. Be sure to follow the instructions exactly, or you will end up with a poor-quality concrete. Add water to the mix, but do not add too much or it will weaken the concrete. 

The next step is to install the fence. It is important to make sure the fence is in place before the concrete sets. In some cases, you will need to leave the concrete to harden for a few days. However, it is important to finish the work quickly. Otherwise, it can take a few months to set. 

Depending on the size of your fence, you will need to have the posts placed about eight to ten feet apart. This means that you should use a measuring stick to mark the distance between the posts. If your fence is decorative, you may need to have slots made in the rails. To do this, you will need a hammer and twine. 

After the post is in place, fill the hole with gravel. If you live in an area where there is a lot of sand, you should consider putting in a little more gravel. This will increase the drainage. Lastly, you should seal the gaps between the posts and the concrete with expanding silicone sealant. Leaving the gaps untreated can allow water to enter the concrete and rot the wood. 

If you need more assistance, you can always ask a professional. Fence experts can provide valuable advice for your project. Coastal stores carry a variety of fencing materials. They can even drive your posts for you. But it is a bit more expensive than installing the posts yourself. 

Wooden fence posts are easy to install, but you do have to take care to do it properly. Proper spacing and a good-quality fence will help ensure that your investment will last for many years.