How To Set Aluminum Fence Posts

Adding an aluminum fence to your property can give it some security and privacy. This article focuses on proper aluminum fence post installation. It is the most difficult part of installing a fence. If you can figure out how to properly install the post, the rest of the installation process is going to be comparatively easy.

Digging the Holes

You can make digging the holes much easier if you invest in a post digging shovel. This will enable you to dig deep without making the holes too wide. It is always better to be safe than sorry and to dig your holes of a little deeper than they need to be. So, if you are installing a fence with 5' tall posts, you might want 2.5' of the post within the soil. In this examples, you will want to buy aluminum posts that are over 7.5'. For instance, if you buy 8' tall posts, you have a little bit of wiggle room when it comes to the depth of your hole. If your hole ends up being a little too shallow, you can just cut off the extra post when the footing is poured and dried.

Mixing the Concrete

Another key to stronger fence posts is mixing the concrete directly into the hole as you set the post. This is particularly helpful for hollow posts because it allows some of the concrete mixture to get inside it. Put the post in the hole and then pour the water in concrete mixture around it. You can use a stick or mixing device to mix them together. This will create a stronger footing that will bond better with the surrounding soil and the fence post.

Leveling the Posts

All you have to do now is make sure that your posts are level as they dry. You need at least two people for his job. You can prop up the post with 2x4s to make sure they don't shift as the concrete dries. Just keep an eye on them for a couple of days and make sure that the posts are all level before you cut off the tops and start installing the rest of the fence.

Luckily, once the fence posts are installed in the soil, the rest of the project is fairly simple. Many modern fences even have a modular design, meaning that they could be assembled very quickly with minimal tools or cutting. Contact a company like Fence-It for more information and assistance.