How to Install Fence Posts

Do you want to have garden fencing that make the neighbours go green with envy? Installing quality fencing keeps your property, livestock, gardens, family or businesses secure.

So, start this task off right, by knowing how to set fence posts, and the rest of the process will settle nicely into place.



  • If the fence is solid, you need to concrete the posts to withstand wind pressure.
  • Concrete your fence if it is a picket or palisade fence.
  • If the fence is chainlink, concrete the end and corner posts to support against the tension of the wire.
  • If the post supports a gate, concrete it.
  • If the ground is soft, concrete it.
  • If the post is made of concrete, concrete it.
  • If the post hole fills with water when dug, use a dry concrete mix.
  • If the fence is a livestock fence of post and rail, there is no need to concrete.
  • If the fence is a livestock fence of stock mesh, there is no need to concrete.
  • If the fence posts are round, there is usually no need to concrete.
  • If the post is an intermediate post for a mesh or strained wire fence, there is normally no need to concrete it.
  • If the fence is a low level trellis fence, it is advisable to concrete it.


Post Mix

Post mix comes in a polythene bag and is a ready mixed concrete product made with rapid hardening cement. Half of the hole is filled with water then the post mix is poured dry straight from the bag, uniformly around the post. The water is then absorbed into the post mix allowing the concrete to cure supporting your fence post. It is a product which is growing in popularity as a method of securing fence posts, particularly with timber fence posts for garden fences.

Met Posts

Metpost is a trade name for a popular range of post spikes and bolt down post shoes. The met post spike is hammered into the ground using a simple and cheap met post installation tool and once the met post is installed the fence post is inserted into the top of the metal met post fence post spike.

The most popular met post grips the post using met posts wedge grip system. There is another similar met post spike product, system 2 which uses 2 nuts and bolts to clamp the to the bottom of the timber post. The bolt down sockets are as the name suggests, are able to allow the socket to be bolted to solid surfaces.

Concrete for Fence Posts

This is the most traditional method of holding fence posts firmly into the soil and has been used for many years the fence post hole is dug and the fence post inserted into the hole and surrounded by concrete. Concrete is a mix of sand, shingle and cement normally the sand and the shingle is pre mixed and purchased as a product called ballast.

Ballast can then be mixed together on a mixing board or in a wheel burrow by hand using a shovel or in a cement mixer a little water is added to the concrete before it is added to the fence pole hole. The concrete used in erecting fence posts is made to a firm consistency.

Soil Backfill for Fence Posts

What we mean by this is that once the fence post hole has been excavated, the arisings that have been dug out of the fence post hole are refilled around the fence post. This needs to be done gradually and the practice is to tamp and firm the soil in stages as the hole is back filled around the fence post.

A piece of timber that will fit between the fence post and the edge of the fence post hole is ideal to ram and firm the soil into position. For this method to work the soil must be rammed home really hard. This way it will support the fence post firmly.

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21 Feb 18