Tips To Help You Secure Your Fence Posts Properly

If you want to install a fence on your property, then you will also need to secure posts to attach the beams. Installing the posts is one of the first steps, and there are many things you can do wrong when setting the posts. To make your job as easy and mistake-free as possible, keep reading.

Do Not Follow Your Property Line

When you set your fence posts, you may decide to use your property lines as the boundaries for the posts. This is likely a mistake for a few reasons. Depending on where you live, your property boundaries may have been created 50, 100, or several hundred years ago. This is especially true if you find an old metal land survey marker on your property. Some of these markers may indicate that your property line was created before a road was built, tree lines were formed, or other newer landmarks and constructions were formed. This may mean that the property line may not be exactly parallel or perpendicular to the formations. This may leave you with a fence that appears crooked or out of place if it sits directly on the line.

Also, if the fence is directly on the property line, then it becomes a piece of joint property between yourself and your neighbor. Your neighbor will legally be able to make changes to the fence on his or her side of the property. If you feel that this may damage your fence or if you want to retain full ownership of the fence, then make sure to set that fence away from the property line by about 6 to 12 inches. Use your home deed or a recent survey to find your property line and mark it with a string and several stakes. Measure 6 to 12 inches inward from this line and use your house, road, and other natural boundaries to place another string to mark where the fence posts should be. If you want to be extra diligent, ask your neighbor to verify that the boundary is indeed on your property according to their deed or survey information. 

Use a Fence Post Tool

To create the strongest fence, you will need to make sure that your fence posts are sturdy. This means placing your posts deep in the ground and below the frost line. Many professionals will set the posts around four feet in the earth. However, if you have soil that is made from clay and rock material, it can be extremely difficult to dig 15 or 20 post holes that run this deep in the ground.

Instead of creating shallow holes, consider investing in the rental of a post hole digger instead. These devices are gas or electric powered tools that use augers to dig the post holes for you. The augers attached to the diggers come in a wide variety of sizes, so make sure to ask for one that closely matches the width of the posts as well as the depth of the holes you need to create. 

For more information, contact a fencing company like Mills Fence.