Many fence builders use concrete for each post they set, but there are advantages to backfilling with gravel, and in some circumstances, soil may be the best option. You can avoid backfilling altogether, and get superior drainage, by bolting posts to galvanized holders set in concrete.
The concrete creates a collar around the post, and because different materials expand and contract with mosture and temperature at different rates, inevitably a little space develops around the post. Water loves to seep into little spaces.
What material to use for Wood Fence post? What is the best material to use for the post, when building a wood fence in the Midwest? Comparison between pressure treated lumber, Cypress and Cedar?
What is the best material to use for the post, when building a wood fence in the Midwest? ... Home > Discussions > EXTERIORS > What material to use for Wood Fence post? 3 posts / 0 new . Log in or register to post comments . Last post. ... If you don't have a need for concrete, dry setting the post with dirt or gravel will help it last longer ...
Fill with concrete- overfill slightly, so there's no water reservoir around the base of the post. Caps are good. If the fence is well built, and you're not talking about big gates, then that's good for gateposts, as well, particularly if a diagonal brace is used to the top of the gate post across the adjacent stringers.
The concrete creates a collar around the post, and because different materials expand and contract with moisture and temperature at different rates, inevitably a little space develops around the post.
The depth of the hole for concrete for fence post varies in what part of the country you live in. Here in Colorado our average depth is 24″ to 30″ deep. The average amount of concrete for fence post is approximately one to one and half bags of 60 lb. ready mix concrete. Retail for a bag of ready mix that we sell here at Cedar Supply is $3.80 per bag.
No treatment of preservatives or oil, and no quarrying, crushing, heating and transportation to make concrete, but if a permanent fence post is the answer for someone else, then I think a concrete hybrid is a better plan. It serves the purpose of never rotting out below soil, yet has all the wooden attributes of a fence post above soil.
The sturdy material used helps in giving high mechanical advantage and easy fence post removal. This fence post tool helps in easy and reliable fence post and concrete removal. It never slips or fails and helps in complete eradication of back and shoulder strain from the common fence removal process.
What is the best material to use for fence posts? I am looking to build a fence that will last for many, many, many years without having to redo rotten posts, or dig out concrete. This fence will be in a dirt/ground area.
When setting fence posts in gravel, you should bury at least one-third of the fence post. Use crushed gravel to set the posts. Pour 5 in. of gravel in the hole around the posts and tamp it down.