Adding simple metal, wood, or vinyl fence to your yard is a great home upgrade. The small fence can frame your lawn, make your property safer for children and pets, increase the value of your property and add style to your home. You can install just about any type of fence on your grass lawn as long as you properly lay concrete footings. This article will explain how to pour the concrete and posts for a small fence.
Dig the Holes
The first thing you will need to do is mark where the post need to be installed. To get accurate measurements, pound small wooden stakes into the soil use a small rope to visually mark off where the fence will be. This way you can see the basic layout of the fence and make any adjustments according to the perimeter of your lawn. Next, simply get out your shovel and start digging. You can invest in a post digging shovel, or just use a small spade shovel.
The required depth of the hole will depend on a number of factors. However, it is a good rule of thumb to did your post 1/3 as deep as the total height of the fence. So, if you are installing a 6 foot fence, you will want to dig holes that are 2 feet deep.
Pouring the Concrete
The trick to pouring concrete footing in soil is to not mix it beforehand. It is much more effective if you pour a little bit of concrete mix into the bottom of the hole and then add little water. Keep adding mix and then a little more water as you lightly stir. When the hole is about halfway full, put the post in place. Now you can add more concrete mix and water, until it reaches ground level. This technique is more effective than pre-mixing the concrete because it allows the soil to blend in with the concrete. If you premix concrete and simply poured into the hole, it will be much easier to remove the entire footing from the soil once it has dried.
Leveling the Posts
Before the concrete mix has completely dried, you need to level the posts. You can use standard levels or more advanced laser leveling systems that allow you to level and calibrate multiple points in a given system. For instance, you could set the laser level on top of one post and beam the laser to the next, ensuring that they are the same height.
Even if your post are not perfectly level, your fence will still look great and be functional. Your new fence will be a great addition to your property. For professional fence installation or advice, contact a company like Holman Fence LLC.