We've just finished installing our first three panels of our first phase of our fence project. We decided to put a couple inches of gravel in followed by fast setting concrete with our PT
posts. I'm curious to know what others' thoughts are on which to use - gravel, concrete, dirt or some combo? Also, we tried renting an auger but it was a big fail - manual digging was easier - this happening to anyone else?
Commented on Jul 10, 2012
I've done 2 decks, and both locations had local building codes that required me to pour a
concrete "footer" (12" diameter, depth to 6" below frost line). I embedded an L bolt in that at the time of pour, then bolted on a galvanized post bracket. The 4x4 was then screwed into the bracket. Both decks over 20 years in place, no failure.
Thanks to Nichter....
I see that I misread the request - you are right, fence post application is entirely different. For fencing, I've used a gravel base at the bottom of the hole, and dry-packed concrete to fill in the hole around the post.