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Old 10-22-2009, 02:21 PM   #1
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Fence post foundation into pea gravel


I need some help. It's going to rain soon, and the ferns need replanting before winter.

The previous owner insulated the foundation with 3" foam and backfilled with pea gravel, but the grading on two sides was sloped into the house.

This summer we had a stinky basement, so I'm also digging a drainage trench and thinning out the foliage on the closely-fenced side so the basement window vents get better ventilation.

The old fence is falling over and I've been digging post holes and pouring 100lbs of quick dry concrete in each.
Besides the clay dirt turning into mud, the new post hole next to the house is not going as smoothly as planned: The 8in-wide hole has turned into a 36in-wide hole! I got down to 3 feet where I've stayed for the last hour.

Any tricks to this situation? Is it a no-no to put footings in this stuff? How else to secure the house side of the fence(besides drilling into the house)?

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