I'm trying to replace a post on a split rail fence and I'm having a
hard time digging out the remains of the old post. I've gotten down
about 17 inches and the post is going to rise about 38" off the
ground. Is that enough? I've been reading that I should use gravel as
a base is that recommended or will just backfilling the dirt be good
enough to hold it?
don't know only owned the house 2 years. Looks like the fence is at
least 10-15 years old, maybe more. The old post is deeper. I'm having
a hard time removing it so that's why I was wondering if 1/3
underground would give it enough leverage to hold up.
Many places 1/3 is the rule, some more some less, it depends on the
stress that the fence may get (holding up a gate, or having kids climb
the fence or containing large animals. It also depends on the local
soil conditions. It is always a good idea to have several or more
inches of gravel in the bottom of the hole to allow drainage and
Just hope you called the free utility marking service before digging. Even
though only 18", in milder climates, CTV and water can be close to the
surface. As long as you call and they mark it, if you hit something heeding
the markings it's no $ to you.
Eh, there are different schools of thought. I'm a "no concrete" guy.
Posts are temporary, they are going to need replacement, no matter
what, even if they're locust.
I like to keep it simple.
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