Building your own fence in your backyard can save you a great deal of money, as you will be using your own labor. Here are some tips about the appropriate supplies and equipment you will need to help you install the posts for your new fence.
Posthole Digging Equipment
When digging the appropriately-located holes for your fence, you will need to have the right tools to dig deep and wide enough holes. Some types of soil can be soft and sandy on the surface, but once you get down several inches, the sandy topsoil can quickly turn to hard clay. So hard, in fact, that you may think you have hit a large rock buried in the soil.
The best way to remedy hard, clay-like soil is to use a manual posthole digger, as an upgrade from a single shovel. A posthole digger has two single blades to help you direct the force of your digging into one location. Then, the posthole digger is helpful for scooping the soil from the hole.
As an extra help, you can rent a power auger to bore into the soil and remove it in the perfect size and shape for your fence posts. Be sure you have the additional help to hold and maneuver the power auger, as it can be quite heavy and cumbersome working it by yourself.
When you have all your postholes dug and are ready to set the posts into each, pour a few inches of gravel into the bottom of the hole. This gravel will provide drainage in the bottom of the hole, which will be beneath your concrete layer, so moisture can drain away from the concrete and post. Moisture around the concrete-set post can cause the soil to erode and to also expand during freezing conditions, which can cause soil heaving and damage your fence alignment, as the post is shifted and pushed upward.
Concrete Mixing Supplies
After you have poured gravel into the bottom of your hole, you can mix your bagged concrete mixture. Depending on the depth and width of each hole, you may need to use one or more bags per hole. Dump the dry concrete mixture from its bag and into a wheel barrow or similar-sized concrete mixing container. Add the required amount of water to the mixture, and combine them with a shovel or trowel.
Set the post into the hole, lining it up perpendicular, and pour the concrete into the hole around the post. Make sure to use your carpenter's level on two adjacent sides of your post, to ensure it is set in the hole straightly.
For more information, talk to companies like P & L Concrete Products Inc.