What you Need to Know about Fence Post Spikes

Easy to use, economical fence post spikes make installing fencing simple. Use them where you don’t wish or need to drill holes into the earth to plant concrete and ballast or Post mix bases for fence posts. Use only superior fence post spikes, as they do the all-important work of supporting your fence posts, and hence your fence, erect.

Why use Fence Post Spikes

Buy only quality spikes and install them correctly, and they’ll keep your fence secured, pleasant to look at and functional for a long time.

Another reason to use fence post spikes is to cut the risk of buried posts rotting, as all wooden products, even quality treated fence posts, decay to some degree over time when buried into earth. Since fence post spikes are topped with a box that secures the base of the fence post just above the ground, you cut the odds of having rot problems.

Good spikes hold wooden fence post bases securely with strong bolt-in systems, providing sturdy wind-resistant fencing that does not sag or lean. The bolts can be removed easily if you need to remove a fence post for repair or replacement, or to alter the fence line. Another plus to using fence post spikes?

Concreted-in fence posts can occasionally twist out of plumb, if frost or moisture causes the ground to shift. If a staked-in post moves over time, you can remove the fence section and spike, and adjust it into proper plumb.


Use Metpost fence post spikes, as they set the standard for this type of product. Many professional fence builders use them, as they are known for their superb quality and strength. Metpost spikes are made of heavy gauge steel, so they’re designed for years of use.

The specially formulated red oxide finishing prevents rust and degradation from moisture – and you can paint it to match any fencing wood colour or staining. You can also match colours with adjoining building exteriors, masonry fence segments and gates.


The process of installing the spikes is easy: mark your fence line and measure for fence post installation, then simply use a Metpost Spike Driving Tool and a sledgehammer to drive the spike into the ground. Two people do this best, for safety and precision.

Check vertical alignment frequently with a spirit level, and ensure that the spike stays aligned with your fence line; use the driving tool to adjust accordingly with minor twists. Once the box is about one centimetre above the ground, you can tap your fence post – with its galvanized nails-attached Metclips or Timber Grips – into the box. Done!

Note: If erecting a fence over 2 meters, contact your local council for permission. You might need to consult local utility companies to ensure that you don’t drive spikes into buried gas or power lines.

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21 Feb 18