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 Apr 22, 2012
the bottom of the post should set on either the ground or gravel, not encased in concrete.
When you cement the post, leave the bottom open so the post (and surrounding area) will drain. If you use pressure treated lumber, it will not rot for at least 25 years or until it dries out. We put up fences 20 years ago and they are still standing strong.
I started some work on a new deck project last week, This was the view today...My Office this week...The old deck is painted pine and this side is about 40 feet long and 8 feet wide.
Here I have demoed about half and set about 1/3 of the new redwood. It is set over steel "C" beams which are set on "I" beams this is a fully cantilevered deck. The home owner are also going to have a retaining wall built as the soil below this has been waning away.
I'll get all of the deck set then start on the railings.