How to Set a Fence Post

Here is an instructional guide on how to set a wood fence post in no mix bag concrete using a one man powered post hole digger. To see how we get a fence post as part of a project to erect a fence with over 35 fence posts, check out the following video:

fence post install with no mix concrete

If you are interested in the video of the full fence install, click on full cedar fence build video.

Steps for installing a fence post in concrete:

  1. Determine the location for the fence post. Use a tape measure to measure out the distance from the existing fence or other reference point, and mark the spot with a stake or spray paint. Make sure to consider any underground utilities or septic lines that may be in the area.
  2. Dig the hole for the fence post. Use a one man powered post hole digger to dig a hole to the appropriate depth for your fence post. The hole should be about 3-4 inches wider than the diameter of the fence post. Make sure to dig the hole deep enough so that the bottom of the post will be below the frost line for your area. This will help to prevent the post from heaving out of the ground during freeze-thaw cycles.
  3. Place the fence post in the hole. Make sure the post is plumb and straight, using a level to check for vertical alignment. To secure the post in the hole, you can use a stake or brace to hold it in place. Alternatively, you can fill the bottom of the hole with a few inches of gravel, which will help to keep the post stable and prevent it from sinking into the soil.
  4. Fill the hole with no mix bag concrete. Follow the instructions on the bag to determine the amount of water needed to add on top of the poured bag of dry mix of concrete. Pour the dry concrete mix into the hole, and then add the required amount of water. Use a hoe or similar tool to mix the concrete and water together until it reaches a smooth, uniform consistency.
  5. Compact the concrete around the fence post. Use a hand tamper or similar tool to tamp down the concrete, making sure it is well-compacted around the fence post.
  6. Finish the surface of the concrete. Use a trowel or similar tool to smooth the surface of the concrete, making it level with the ground.
  7. Allow the concrete to set and cure. Follow the instructions on the no mix bag concrete for the recommended curing time before attaching the fence panels to the post.

By following these steps, you should be able to successfully set a wood fence post in no mix bag concrete using a one man powered post hole digger. It’s important to take the time to properly plumb and secure the post in the hole, as this will ensure that your fence is sturdy and long-lasting.