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Old 08-10-2011, 09:34 PM   #1
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To build a 6' privacy fence do you think it would be overkill to put concrete in each fence post hole? Or would just on the corners and end posts suffice?

I've read you don't even need concrete - but I am going to be hanging two 11' wide custom gates (split into two 5.5' sections) so I want that extra support. And I don't want any chance that this fence is going to sag 5 years from now.

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I use concrete in every post hole - the mix in the hole quick setting variety. I also like metal posts rather than wood posts - last much longer. There are metal bracket that allow the connect of the wood stringers to the metal posts. Fences usually die from post rot - so work that problem for a long lasting fence.

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Concrete every hole and it likely won't sag in 5 years.

may want to pay a little more attention to the posts holding those 5'-6" gates. That kind of weight swinging regularly will loosen up a standard post footing pretty easily over time. If it's a "use it a few times a year" kind of gate, then a standard footing will suffice if you put a rolling wheel on the end of the gate leaf to help offset the cantilevered weight.
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Concrete every hole and it likely won't sag in 5 years.

may want to pay a little more attention to the posts holding those 5'-6" gates. That kind of weight swinging regularly will loosen up a standard post footing pretty easily over time. If it's a "use it a few times a year" kind of gate, then a standard footing will suffice if you put a rolling wheel on the end of the gate leaf to help offset the cantilevered weight.
Those gates will be used somewhat frequently...I was going to but some bigger end posts to support these gates, dig a little deeper, put a wheel, and also a gate brace kit...but if you or anyone else has better ideas please let me know but yeah, I have seen way too many fence gates sag
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In my experience I've found that concrete speeds up the deterioration of wood posts. An extra step i take is to dip or paint the bottoms of the posts with roof cement before putting them in the ground to insulate them from the lime in the cement. I have fences that have been up for more than 30 years.
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