Somewhere between 20 - 25 year sold.
Pacific Northwest, Willamette Valley.
Old wooden post rotted out.
New 8 foot pressure treated post.
Dug out all the old post, which was 2 foot buried in dirt, with six foot
-had about a 4 inch wide "collar" of cement / concrete around post, going
down only about 8 inches. In other words, bottom of 4" x 4" post was at
least 16 inches, below concrete mass.
Rotted out in only 26 years. Sheesh.
Anyway, many hours (don't ask) later, really good post hole down about 28
inches below grade, and all of rotted post out. (Bless neighbors who own
their own post hole diggers, which double as clam digging machines on the
Yaddah, yaddah, yaddah. Hole dug, post placed. Post plumbed.
So we decided to use stone in the hole instaed of concrete.
Pulled the post, pourded stone, tamped stone with a with 2" x 4".
Put post in. plumbed and leveled post.
Poured a lot more stone in 2" pours, tamped. Poured 2 inch lifts, tamped.
Wound up with about a 2 inch sloped cone above grade around the pos.
I have about 20 more posts to fix in this yard. I'll be doing one a month.
I'm wondering If I havre made a mistake by using concrete vs. stone vs.
Thoughts / comments about concrete vs. stone vs. anything else....?
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