How to Install Field Fence Posts

What You'll Need
Fence posts
Post hole digger
Cement, if you want to make a solid base footing
Spade or shovel
Sledge hammer
Tape measure
Marker stakes
Field chalk or long string

There will come a time on nearly any property where a field fence could be utilized, either to keep pet or livestock in or keep unwanted creatures out. In either case, it is not hard to set up and install in a few simple steps. The type of posts that you decide to use can be of any type of material, depending on your taste and needs. Once you have figured out the length of fence you are going to need, you will want to estimate how many posts you will want to finish the project, based on a scale of one post for every 4 feet, including the corner posts.

Step 1 - Mark out Your Fence Line

The first step is to mark out your field fence line using your tape measure and marking stakes to get the general idea of the direction and angle of your project. If you do not have stakes and string or field chalk to mark out the lines, you can use spray paint, which can be cut away with the rest of your lawn or yard later. Start at your corners and mark out where your first corner post will be and then measure 4 feet along the line for the other posts before you get started. You will now know exactly how many posts you will need to lay out your fence to avoid confusion or material shortages later.

Step 2 - Start on your Corner Post

The first thing you will do is to construct the corner post of your field fence, by using your post hole digger or spade to dig a hole for the post. The depth of your post should be 1/3 the length of your posts to ensure that once the fences weight is placed on the post it will not sag or fall over. Place the dirt you take out to the side, which you can use to mix with cement if you want to make a cement footing in the post hole, or for packing your pole in after it's been inserted.

Step 3 - Inserting the Posts

Once you have the hole dug in 1/3 the length of your posts, you will want to stabilize it by packing the dirt back into the hole around the pole using your sledge hammer. For a sturdier base mix your dirt cement mix in equal parts. Once this is done, you will want to pack this material in tightly to prevent the post from leaning as it dries, which would cause your field fence to lean unevenly.

You can use wire or other scrap wood to hold your posts in position as they dry which can prevent the field fence from leaning once the actual fencing material is installed later. You would follow these steps going outward every 4 feet along your fence line until all the posts are erected and in place.