Hello I am putting up a fence in the near future. What is the best type of
4 x 4 wood post to use?
Should I treat the post?
How deep should I dig the post hole for a 6 foot fence?
Thanks in advance,
I bought 10 foot pressure treated posts when I put my 6' fence up last
My local code requires 24" depth of the posts. That's what I went with, and
most of the holes are filled with crushed stone (I bought a bunch of bags of
the stuff from Home Depot), except for the top of course which I backfilled.
I was worried that the depth wasn't deep enough, but both my side and my
neighbors (we both did it at the same time) are holding up as good as the
day they were put in, and we do get windy here.
When I had my fence re-done a many years ago, I specified metal posts. They dont
warp, rot, and the right ones wont rust. Set them in concrete as you would wooden
ones. Many years later, they will still stay usable if you need to redo your
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I have a simular situation, but mine is an existing deck that had
carpeteder ants. They did damage to one of the 4x4 posts (thankfully,
it was a corner post). I was planning on using a reciprocating saw to
cut the nails attaching the corners and then digging up the post.
When putting the new post in, how should I resolve drainage away from
the deck posts. I was considering either backfilling with either
Home Depot sells steel spikes with the top end built to accept 4X4s.
They 2 to 3 feet long, are driven into ground with sledge hammer
(beating on wasted parts of 4X4), and are shaped to accept 4X4 wood
posts bolted onto the top. You would end up with nothing but steel in
the ground and whatever 4X4 wood posts you choose to use to build the
fence onto bolted onto the top of the steel spike. No levelling
problems, no termite problems, no digging holes and pouring concrete to
hold the 4X4s.
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