Step 1

Dig Out Any Weak or Damaged Fence Posts

Dig Out Any Weak or Damaged Fence Posts

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Remove Existing Materials

If replacing an existing fence, dig out any weak or damaged posts first. If these are set in concrete, use improvised levers to pry them out of the ground.

Step 2

Mark Out and Dig Hole for New Fence Post

Mark Out and Dig Hole for New Fence Post

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Mark and Dig for New Holes

Dig them 12-inch square and roughly a third as deep as the fence will be tall - deeper in exposed sites.

Step 3

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Place Gravel

Stand the post on top. Holding the post vertical, pack more gravel around the sides until the hole is half filled.

Step 4

Use Heavy Pole to Ram Gravel in Around New Post

Use Heavy Pole to Ram Gravel in Around New Post

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Settle the Material

Use a heavy metal pole or a length of wood to ram the gravel in place. Top off as required so the hole remains about half full.

Step 5

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Test Pole Position

Hold a bubble level against each of the pole's four sides. Adjust as needed. Check the post is at the right height for the panel.

Step 6

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Secure New Post

To keep the post upright, tack on a temporary wood brace, fixed to a peg driven into the soil. Fix it to the side that won’t have fencing panels attached.

Step 7

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Settle the Gravel

Fill the hole with water and let it drain. This will also improve the adhesion of the concrete. Check that the post is completely vertical.

Step 8

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Add Concrete

Leave to set fully before hanging the panels. To protect the tops, nail on wooden finials to deflect rain.

Step 9

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Consider Metal Spike Supports

If you have firm, rock-free soil, metal spike supports are an option. Position the spike in place, and insert a "dolly", a post-driver, into the square cup. Hit the dolly with a mallet to drive the spike into the ground. Check the angle to ensure that it is straight; they are difficult to remove once inserted. When the spike is in the ground, remove the dolly and insert the post, tapping it into place.