How To Set A Fence Post Without Cement Mixing

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

Setting a post for a fence, mailbox, or other purpose doesn’t have to be intimidating. In fact, it’s a fairly simple process that won’t require mixing, measuring, or many supplies. The best way to ensure that the post you erect stays in place for years to come is to provide a solid foundation. Concrete is certainly one of the best materials for this purpose.

Here you’ll learn how to set a post in a few simple steps. No cement mixing required.

Supplies needed to set a post:

  • Pole digger
  • Carpenter’s level
  • All-purpose gravel
  • Fast setting concrete
  • Water
  • Garden hose or bucket

How to set a post:

  1. Dig the hole. Use a set of pole diggers to dig a hole that is three times the width of the post. The depth of the hole should be equal to 1/3 the height of the pole. Add an additional 6″ to compensate for the gravel that will be added later on.

  2. Add gravel. Pour 6″ of gravel into the bottom of the hole. Tamp the gravel with a post to compact and level it out.

  3. Insert the post. Place the post in the hole. Place a carpenter’s level on the side of the post to assure that it is even. If not, readjust until it is.

  4. Add the concrete. Pour the dry powdered fast setting concrete into the hole, making sure it is evenly distributed all the way around the pole. Add concrete until it is 4″ below ground level.

  5. Add water. Using either a garden hose or a bucket, add water directly to the hole. Slightly overflow the hole and allow the water to absorb into the concrete.

That’s all there is to it! The concrete around the post will appear to be set within 20 – 30 minutes; however it is not completely ready for several hours. Don’t lean, sit, or build on the post area until the allotted dry time has passed. Consult package instructions for precise dry time.

Mat

A complete novice trying to navigate in the world of DIY. I bought my first home about 2 years ago & ever since I've been trying to research & learn how best to tackle common household problems.

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