Fence posts footers below grade

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Old 10-28-18, 10:54 AM
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Fence posts footers below grade

I had a wood fence installed and when the area was backfilled, soil was in contact with the pickets. The concrete footers for the posts were a few inches below grade leaving soil in direct contact with the posts. I recently did some landscaping along the fence line and I dug the fence out from the ground... I left a 2" buffer between the pickets and ground. I dug around the posts going down to concrete approx. 4" below grade and filled the space with limestone.

I am second guessing myself about digging down to the footers and filling the hole with rock around the posts. Is that OK or will water percolate or collect around the rocks?
 
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Old 10-28-18, 11:05 AM
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Unless the water is above the frost level I don't think it will make a difference. If fit reezes, it will have a tendency to push up the post. That is why they try to dig the hole in a reverse dove tail style or wider at the bottom and taper to the top of the soil line.
 
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