Post and Rail Fence Installation


Old 11-20-07, 09:05 PM
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Post and Rail Fence Installation

I am going to install approximately 2500 LF of post and rail fence in a fat clay soil. The post will be 6" diam. treated pine with 5/4x6"x16' rails (4 total). I will be setting the posts on 8' centers. I was questioning whether or not a concrete footer would be required on all the line posts or if i could get away with pneumatic tamping around the posts. I have seen both methods employed in my area and am uncertain as to the pros and cons of each installation method. I was planning on setting the posts 3' deep. Driving the posts was another alternative i have been looking into.
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Old 11-21-07, 07:20 AM
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Tamping dirt around the post would be my choice. Be sure to tamp the full depth of the hole rather than just on top(fill about 6-8 inches of dirt and tamp; repeat until you reach the top of the ground). Hand tamping may be necessary.

Good luck with your project.

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