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The key to putting up a cedar fence that will last a long time is ensuring that the posts are properly laid in the ground. The following will give you some tips on how to put in cedar fence posts the right way.
Before you can start putting up any part of your cedar wood fencing, including the posts, there are a number of things you need to think about. To begin with, you need to consider your local building code. While you will almost certainly be permitted to build a fence, many municipalities put a limit on how high that fence can be. In addition, you may need a permit. Don't forget to check with your local utility companies to make sure there are no underground lines or power cables buried where you plan to put your fence. Finally, be very certain you're building your fence on your own property and not someone else's. Guessing where the property line is can be a big mistake.
Digging the Post Holes
To get started, you must measure out the area for the fence and mark where you want to position the posts. Make sure that you don't have them more than 6 feet apart. When you use a post hole digger to dig the holes for the posts, you want to make the holes 12 inches in diameter. The depth of the hole will depend on the height of the fence you're putting out. Generally, the holes should be 1/3 the height of the post plus an additional 3 inches or so for the gravel you'll be adding. By pouring a layer of gravel at the bottom, you provide a solid surface for the post to sit on, and the surface will ensure that water will not collect and rot the posts.
Installing the Posts
Before you put the posts into the holes, you should make sure that the ends have been properly stained and sealed. This will help to ensure that they are protected against moisture. While you can apply stain and sealant to your entire wooden fence, this will prevent it from developing the rustic appearance so many homeowners want. You should start putting in the posts at one of the corner holes.
Center the post inside the hole and pour in cement around it. If you want to keep water from collecting around the post, you can create a crown for the cement by overfilling the hole slightly and sloping it with a trowel. If you prefer that the cement remain unseen, stop filling the hole when the cement is about 2 inches from the top. Once the cement has dried, fill the remainder of the hole with soil and tamp it down.
Adding the Other Posts
Once you have the corner posts in, run a string from one to the other. Dig the holes for the other posts in between, and fit your posts into them. Using the string as a guide, adjust the height of these intermediate posts by adding or removing gravel under them. This will make your posts and the fence running between them perfectly straight and level. Then, simply install the intermediate posts in the same way that you did the corner posts.