Installing fence posts in concrete will protect the base of your fence from erosion and help hold the fence firmly as it weathers the elements. When looking for a fence, buy or cut posts that are 2 feet longer than the finished fence height. The deeper a post goes into the ground, the sturdier the finished product will be. Plant stakes at the future post sites and run a string between them, this will help identify any problems with post placement, such as trees, hedges, and other objects.
Once you have a plan in place, use a pothole auger or digger to make holes at the post sites. Pour two to three inches of gravel in the bottom of each post hole. This will help with drainage. Next, set the post into the hole and use a bubble level to make sure its straight. Anchor the posts with stakes and wire while you mix the concrete.
Once your concrete is the right consistency, pour it into each post hole up to ground level. Pop any air bubbles with a piece of wood. Double-check to make sure each post is level and make any necessary adjustments. Finally, use a trowel to add some more concrete around the base of the posts. Make sure this concrete is mound-shaped, as this will allow water to run off and away from the post, instead of pooling around it.
If you would like to learn more about installing a fence, please contact the Austin Fencing experts of Viking Fence by calling 1-800-252-8117.