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Build a Wood Fence Post

Updated:2014-05-26 11:01:57
Wooden fence posts can be made of different sizes of lumber, but are usually 4-by-4 inches and 8 feet in length. Sometimes, 4-by-6-inch, 8-foot lumber is used for more sturdy structures. Generally, if wood has the possibility of earth contact, the lumber used should be "seasoned," meaning it is treated with chemicals to help prevent it from rotting. If the aesthetic value of your fence is important, also consider that cylindrical posts are available.

Instructions as follows:


Firstly, dig a footing in the required location, 12-by-12-by-12 inches. Mark a pencil line 12 inches in from one end of the wood fence post. Mix the ready-mix cement (at least one standard-sized bag will be needed).
Secondly, place the pencil-marked end into the center of the hole, holding the post in a vertical position (use a spirit level to ensure it is vertical). If the hole is dug to the correct depth, the 12-inch pencil line will be level with the ground surrounding the hole. Pour in the cement around the fences post until it reaches the pencil line on the post, and is even with the ground.
Thirdly, insert at least 3 long stakes (1-by-2 inches is sufficient) into the ground at a 45-degree angle to the post, attaching the tops to the post with nails (use the spirit level again to ensure the post is upright before nailing the stakes). Wait for the cement to dry (at least 24 hours) before removing the stakes.
Tips & Warnings
 If using cylindrical posts, some are tapered on one end, so they can be pounded into the ground instead of cemented in place. If you choose to do this, be careful not to damage the top of the post when knocking it in the stone ground. Also, knock the post far enough into the ground (12 inches or more) to ensure it is firm and stays in place.
 If cementing the post in place, check local codes to see how large a concrete footing may be required.

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