Installing a fence can significantly enhance the security and privacy of your property. It can also add aesthetic value to your outdoor space and increase the overall value of your home. In addition, a fence can last many years with the right tools and proper installation. However, fence installation’s most complex and vital part is setting the posts into the ground.
There are different ways to install posts, each with its necessary tools. Traditional post installation involves:
- Digging holes.
- Inserting the posts into the holes.
- Filling the gaps with concrete to stabilize the posts.
We here at A to Z Quality Fencing created an innovative fence installation process and manufacture fencing materials to support it.
In this article, we will discuss the different types of equipment used to install fence posts. We will also review the fence post requirements based on installation and how to choose the appropriate materials for your installation method. Let’s get started!
At A to Z Quality Fencing, we use pounders to install galvanized steel posts into the ground. Once the steel posts are pounded into place, we slide aluminum, vinyl, or cedar post “sleeves” over the top of the galvanized posts.
Pounders allow us to quickly and efficiently pound through tough earth or concrete with minor damage to the surrounding area. Using a pounder is also a clean and hassle-free process, as there is no dirt to clean up or grass to replant. With an average of 8-30 holes per hour, pounders can help install your fence quickly and effectively.
The length of the galvanized steel posts depends upon the fence’s height. The taller the fence, the deeper the pounder must pound a galvanized steel post into the ground for support. We usually pound 4′ tall fences 48″ into the ground, 5′ fences 54″ into the ground and 6′ fences 60″ into the ground.
Using a pounder determines the length of the finished fence posts. The size of the aluminum, vinyl or cedar fence posts is the height of the fence since none of the material is below the ground. The finished posts are either hollow on the inside (vinyl or aluminum) or have a hole bored in them (cedar), so the posts can slide over the top of the galvanized steel pipe.
Alternatively, augers may be used to dig holes for posts. Augers come in various sizes to fit different posts and can be manual or motorized. This method may require more physical labor and time. Still, it can also minimize damage to the surrounding area and ensure that posts are properly secured in the ground. Before using an auger, it is essential to check for underground utilities to avoid any potential hazards.
At A to Z Quality Fencing, we use our automatic auger, the Dandy Digger, when conditions require digging fence posts instead of pounding fence posts. The Dandy Digger can drill through rigid materials such as solid concrete and frozen ground and navigate uneven terrain, making it a versatile and reliable choice. In addition, we guarantee no extra charges for digging post holes through rock, rubble, or underlying foundations.
The Dandy Digger has two sets of balloon tires on the front and one on the back to prevent making ruts in the terrain. Plus, its articulating design (bends in the middle) prevents damage to the surrounding lawn when it turns.
Its compact design can fit into tight spaces that other equipment may not be able to access. And with a digging speed of 40 holes per hour, the Dandy Digger can quickly and efficiently get the job done.
When using the Dandy Digger, posts are set into the holes, and the gaps are filled with concrete. The depth of the hole depends upon the height of the fence and the necessary below-ground support. Therefore, the total length of the posts is the length of the below-ground and above-ground requirements.
In some situations, hand diggers may be necessary to install fence posts. Difficult installation areas include spaces where equipment cannot access (for example, next to a building) or within two feet of underground utilities.
The average holes per hour with hand diggers will vary depending on the soil and terrain conditions, as well as the physical ability of the person using them. On average, one person can typically dig 5-6 holes per hour with a hand digger.
At A to Z Quality Fencing, we only use hand diggers when necessary and always check for underground utilities before digging. In addition, we prioritize safety and efficiency in all of our fencing installations.
Like augers, posts are set into the holes, and gaps are filled with concrete. The height of the fence determines how much below-ground support is needed and the overall length of the post. The post must be long enough for the portion underground and above-ground requirements.
Overall, it is crucial to consider the equipment and techniques used for fence installation when hiring a fencing company. The proper equipment and procedures ensure that posts are securely installed, minimizing potential damage, clean-up, or safety hazards in the future.
At A to Z Quality Fencing, we prioritize using the most efficient and practical techniques for each job. Whether using our pounders, Dandy Digger auger, or hand diggers, we guarantee secure fence post installation.
In addition to considering the equipment and techniques used, it is important to understand fencing materials and their various attributes. Understanding these factors will help ensure that your fence meets your needs and lasts for years to come. Contact us to learn more about our fencing materials and installation process.