Concreting a fence post: how to do it and why it’s important
Homeowners all over the country erect softwood panel fences in their gardens and expect them to last for years. But in many cases, due to low quality materials and lack of the correct pressure treatment, homeowners are left with the unnecessary expense and undue effort of having to replace them in as little as 4 years after they were first erected.
If you want to save a considerable amount of time, effort and money, concreting a fence post the proper way might just be the way out of having to replace your wooden posts in 4 years time. The following is a quick guide on how to go about this recommended process.
- If your garden has a certain type of soil that might make drainage more challenging than what’s common, you should dig the hole where the post will be going an extra 100 mm deeper than what you need it to be. Fill this extra space with ballast and then compress it using the end of the post.
- Once this is done, insert the post into the hole and place concrete around the sides of it and be careful not to let the concrete get anywhere else.
- Every year or so after this planting process has taken place, you should preserve the buried wood by dropping some water-based solution down the face of each post so that it seeps into the wood below and keeps it from rotting.
Usually, by following the process above to concrete a post and carrying out the suggested maintenance routine, a wooden post can last for anything between 10-20 years. Taking the above into consideration will prevent you from having to replace the wooden posts in your outdoor space every 4 years saving you both time and money.
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