What is the Best Way to install a Fence Post?

Installing a Fence Post in Ottawa

 

As the installation of the posts is the most important part of building a fence our customers are very inquisitive on the subject.   In this article we will answer the most common questions we get about fence post installation.

How deep do you dig the holes for the posts?

To set our posts properly we dig down 48 inches which is well below the frost line here in Ottawa.

The frost line in Barrhaven is said to be about 34″, how they have  determined this is not certain.

The display of rocks shows just how difficult digging a post hole can be in Kanata

This was some hard digging conditions in Kanata

 

Do you use sono tubes when setting the posts?

Generally speaking we don’t use sono tubes when installing a fence post. Sono tubes are designed as a removable cylindrical  concrete form.

When end you dig a hole for a fence post the walls of that hole will act as you concrete form holding the concrete. You could use a sono tube however you wouldn’t be gaining anything in doing so. In order to get a sono tube in the hole you would have to make the hole slightly lager. When the tube is inserted there would then be a cavity in between the hole and the tube. If you were to fill that cavity with dirt that dirt would settle which may cause the sono tube to shift. So for it to not settle you would use concrete which then makes the sono tube of no useful value.

On occasion we do use them when it’s appropriate. One example would be if we were also landscaping the yard and were excavating we would use sono tubes to raise the concrete up which would require a form (sono tube). So this way when we do the landscaping later and raise the grade the fence post won’t be so far into the soil.

Hopefully this answers your questions. If you do have any questions on this topic or and other questions related to fencing feel free to comment or give us a call

White cedar fence posts will be ready to install the panels once the concrete sets

Fence posts we installed in 1 day which is usually the case