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How to put up a fence post?

How to put up a fence post using
a fencing tamper

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wooden fence in a field Putting up a fence post without using concrete at the base is beneficial as the post generally lasts longer.
water forming at the bottom of a concrete set post Concrete allows for a pool of still water to form at the bottom of the post, therefore rotting it.
30 inch dug hole in ground for fence post

Step 1 – Dig post hole

Dig the hole. The diameter and depth will depend on the length and width of your fence post. As a general rule, its depth should usually be about half the length of the post to make sure it is secure.

For example, if the post is 152cm (60″) long, the hole should be 76cm (30″) deep. The diameter will also depend on the post size, however it is important to make sure the diameter stays constant down the hole.

fence post in hole straight up backside of hole

Step 2 – Place post in hole

Place the post straight up in the hole and against the backside. This means the post will stay secure for longer.

tamping layer of soil in fence post hole 3-4 inches of soil

Step 3 – Compact soil

Use a fencing tamper to compact the soil back around the post. You should tamp about 8-10cm (3-4″) of soil at a time, making sure the soil is fully compacted before continuing.

You will know the soil is compacted when the tamper slightly ‘pings’ upon hitting the surface.

fence post hole filled with rammed earth surrounding fence post

Step 4 – Continue until secure

Continue tamping 8-10cm (3-4″) of soil until you reach ground level and the post is fully secure

concrete around the top of fence post hole

Step 5 – Use concrete if needed

Concrete can be used around the top of the hole at ground level to fully secure the post in place if needed.

completed fence post, grass around top of hole

Step 6 – Replace ground and grass

Replace the ground and grass around the post and you’re done!

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