Installing metal fence first time


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Old 05-19-21, 10:33 AM
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Installing metal fence first time

I am installing a metal fence with steel tube pickets, 6 feet high x 11 feet long. It will have three sections, a 3' gate in the middle and two 4' side panels. Four 2" square x 8' fence posts will be buried in concrete 2' deep. Internet says 4' high x 8' wrought iron fence panel weighs about 47 pounds. I guess my panels will weigh under 40 pounds each. Since I don't have a welder (or welding skill), I will bolt the panels to the posts.

My question is how much concrete I should use. Do I need to dig a 6" diameter hole and fill the hole with concrete? Thank you.
 

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Old 05-19-21, 11:14 AM
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I've seen recommendations for the hole to be 3 times the diameter of the post but it really depends on your soil. I've seen that if you have less than about 2" of concrete at the corners it may crack.
 
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Thank you. Will do the 6" hole as advised.
 
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I have a related question about the fence panel. The vertical pickets are welded to 1" square tubing at the top and bottom. The tubing is plastic capped at both ends. Should I drill drain holes on the horizontal 1" square tubing? Thank you.
 
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If you think water can get into the tubing then drain holes could help. Or, if the panel is slightly out of level it can drain out the end.
 
 

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