Installing Wood Fence Posts into Set Concrete, Pt. 2

In Part 1 of this series of how to set wood fence posts into concrete, you drilled holes and prepared the concrete for installation. Follow the steps below to complete this project.

Step 1 - Prepare the Hole

Begin by adding a little bit of gravel in each hole, about 3 inches' worth. This will allow the area to drain properly if it rains. Push some gravel down in the hole, and make sure that you have a relatively level surface to work with.

Step 2 - Add Posts

Now it is time to actually put the post into the hole. If you do a good job of drilling a large hole in the concrete, you should be able to slide the post down in without any problems. If you are having some trouble getting the post into the hole, you may need to use your drill to make the hole a little bit bigger. You may also need to use a mallet or something else hard to knock the post down into the hole. Make sure that it is all the way down in the hole before moving on.

Step 3 - Pour the Concrete

Once you have the posts down in the holes, fill in around them with new concrete. Pull your wheelbarrow up to the hole and then dump some of the concrete down into it. Make sure that the entire area is filled with concrete all the way around the post. Once it dries, the concrete will provide the support that is needed to keep the posts up. If you have any gaps, your fence might not be very sturdy.

Step 4 - Check the Post

When you get the concrete poured around a post, use a level to make sure that the post is straight up and down. If you are off even a little bit with one of the posts, it can have dramatic effects on how the fence turns out overall. 

Step 5 - Smooth the Concrete

Once you have established that the fence post is completely level, you need to work on the concrete around the base of it. Use a trowel to smooth out the concrete base. Ideally, you should make it look like it is a part of the existing concrete, completely level and in-line with the concrete that is already in place. Spend some time making this part look good as it will make a big difference in the finished product.

Step 6 - Finish Up

Repeat this process with each of the fence posts that you are installing. After you are done with all of them, wash out your wheelbarrow and allow the concrete to thoroughly dry before building the fence.