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Jan 30

Whether you want to install a rigid fence made up of panels or a flexible fence, you will need to embed fence posts regularly. Here are some explanations on how to proceed.

Materialize the location of the posts

First, you will need to identify the location of the different posts depending on the type of fence you want to install. For example, if you opt for mesh panels two meters wide, you will need to place a post every two meters, plus those at the corners. You can, for example, plant a stake there that you will connect with a wire so that they are straight. 

Prepare the post holes.

Dig a hole of the correct depth and diameter for the post. It is estimated that for posts to attach mesh panels; the hole should be a minimum of 30cm wide and long. Generally, when sealing an item, the hole should be 10 to 25 cm larger than the item to be sealed. The post must be buried 40cm to 50cm in terms of depth. So, if you opt for a 2m post, you will have to dig a 60cm hole.

Prepare the concrete

To secure your fence panel posts, you will need to prepare some concrete. Remember that concrete is a mixture of cement, gravel, sand, and water. For work such as fixing poles, in terms of proportions, plan for one volume of cement, two volumes of sand, three volumes of gravel, and 0.5 volumes of water. The concrete can then be done by hand or using a cement mixer. You can also use ready-mixed or quick-setting concrete. You will need to plan an amount equivalent to what you need, i.e., the number of posts to be sealed and the depth at which you must bury them.

Seal Rigid Fence Posts

  •        Center the post to be embedded in the center of the hole.
  •        To make it straight, hold it with wedges.
  •        Pour the concrete into the hole around the post, taking care not to dirty the post so as not to scratch it.
  •        Level with a trowel
  •        Respect the drying time given

You can then install the first mesh panel by hooking it into the panel's grooves and putting the blockers in place, then sealing the second post, and so on. 

How to fix posts on a wall? 

Some choose to seal their posts in a low wall, and others fix them via a plate welded to the post. The maximum height for an installation with a plate is 1.50m. To do this, you must use posts whose plate is already welded to the post (the most resistant solution for installation on a plate) and suitable dowels.

  •        Fix your plate on the low wall with dowels, after, of course, having drilled holes and removed the dust for good adhesion of the chemical seal.
  •        Fix the first panel in the grooves of the post provided for this purpose.
  •        Put the blockers in place. These are used to facilitate the positioning and tensioning of the panels on the posts during the concrete setting or sealing.
  •        Hook the second post to the first panel then the second panel, always using the blockers.

You can then repeat all these operations. Voila, your fence is installed!

NB: If you want to install a flexible fence, seal your posts and wait five days for the concrete to be completely dry to stretch your fence. You will need to install struts against your flexible fence posts for long lengths to the fence and in the corners. 

Contact True Built Fencing, a fence contractor in Austin TX, and let professionals build your perfect fence.

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