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How to Fence Post Spacing

Fence post spacing in addition to using root resistant materials, there are several important considerations when installing a wooden gate post. The post must be solitary and buried deep enough to withstand the lateral pressure of the hanging gate. The bottom of the post must be buried deep enough to keep the post from moving, caused by frost lift. Drainage must be provided to prevent rot at the base of the post. When installing a gate post, typically at least 1/3 of the total length of the post is buried in the ground.

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Contact your local building codes control office to determine the recommended minimum depth to bury the gate post. Appoint one end of the post as the top. Calculate Postern’s minimum total length by multiplying the desired height by the installed post by 1.5. Measure and mark the upper part of the post to indicate the ground level. Measure from ground level and mark the recommended filling height on the entry. Saw the post trim at the lowest mark on the gate post. Dig the insert hole to a depth of the underground lot insert plus 6 inches. Use a post whole digger to dig into the post hole, two and a half to three times as wide as the post.

Flange the bottom of the hole slightly so it is clock-shaped. Pour a few inches of gravel into the hole tamp it with the handle of a shovel. Continue to lay gravel, tamping and measuring the depth of the hole until it is the same depth as the distance between the ground mark and the bottom of the insert. Place at the bottom center of the post in the hole, oriented to adjust your fence posts. Fill the hole about one third of the dry concrete mix. Add water to wet, but not saturate the concrete. Use a carpenter’s level to solder the post. Add more concrete mix and water so that the hole is about two-thirds full. Once again the post. Fill the hole with concrete, then water. Re-check for solder one last time.

Let the concrete dry and harden, according to the manufacturer’s instructions, before installing the gate on the post. Crimp shutdown clips safely around the T insert with the installation tool. Open the jaws of the tool so that it can be removed from around the T post. Repeat the installation procedure for subsequent posts; install the clips at the same height as the previous post. Stretch the metal fence wire from one service to another, if between the two tabs with a hole in the middle. Hold the fence between the two tabs and insert a nail through the hole in the top tab, over the fence and down through the hole in the bottom tab. snap the plastic cover over the fence clamp for protection.

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