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Fence post question #7844231 05/19/20 03:57 AM
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does pressure treated fence post need to cemented in place? My other fence post surrounding my property are not and are very sturdy. Am redoing the fence that separates the front and backyard. Also, do the rails have to be pressure treated as well or would cedar work better? I would like to paint the fence once dried.


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Me and my dad have tamped many corner posts for barb wire fences, with no cement.
6 years and they're still holding good.I
But cement is less work.


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I would never set wood posts without concrete. To do it correctly you would bring the concrete above grade and then slope the concrete away from the post to let water drain.

As far as the cross boards, I only run the bottom 2x6 in pressure treated if it’s used as a board to weedeat against and then have the pickets start 4 inches above the ground, if it’s not in contact with the ground then don’t bother with pressure treated.

To save yourself from unwanted repairs down the road, use metal posts in concrete.


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Originally Posted by TCM3
Me and my dad have tamped many corner posts for barb wire fences, with no cement.
6 years and they're still holding good.I
But cement is less work.



I’m guessing you used creosote soaked railroad ties?


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I use metal poles, now. In fact I drive most of them with a post driver, 24 inchesin to ground. If I use cement, I dig a 16 inch hole, drive my metal post 6 inches, and add a half bag of dry ready mix, and tamp all the dirt back into hole.

Wooden poles, dig hole, half bag dry ready mix,tamp all dirt back into hole. Encapsulating the wood post in ready mix shortens post life. In my experience.

Built my first privacy fence in 1974. Before that, barbed wire with cedar posts.

I prefer cedar rails, just make sure you use box nails, not common nails. Box nails will follow grain hold better and lessen splitting of ends. Do not over nail! Do not drive the nail head into the rail, this just weakens the wood fibers.

If your using an air nailer, set you depth gage properly. I would rather hand sink a few nails than over drive them.

All that being said. Soil and drainage is not all the same. What works in here may not be best in your area. Goid luck.

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I have been building fence the last three weekends.

85 ft 6ft wood fence--24 inch deep holes, metal posts, concreted in

250 ft 8ft wood fence--36 inch deep holes, metal posts, concreted in

I am so close to finishing.

I used all pressure treated boards. 2X6 on the ground and three 2X4 pressure treated runners.

I cant wait to be done and then the staining starts.

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Oh jeez, stain it too? Hard worker right there. I might paint mine after the wood drys, not sure yet.


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Originally Posted by Ktexas14
I have been building fence the last three weekends.

85 ft 6ft wood fence--24 inch deep holes, metal posts, concreted in

250 ft 8ft wood fence--36 inch deep holes, metal posts, concreted in

I am so close to finishing.

I used all pressure treated boards. 2X6 on the ground and three 2X4 pressure treated runners.

I cant wait to be done and then the staining starts.


Assuming you set posts 5 or 6 feet apart, did you happen to stagger the joints? That makes a heck of a lot stronger fence


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Originally Posted by BigPig
Originally Posted by Ktexas14
I have been building fence the last three weekends.

85 ft 6ft wood fence--24 inch deep holes, metal posts, concreted in

250 ft 8ft wood fence--36 inch deep holes, metal posts, concreted in

I am so close to finishing.

I used all pressure treated boards. 2X6 on the ground and three 2X4 pressure treated runners.

I cant wait to be done and then the staining starts.


Assuming you set posts 5 or 6 feet apart, did you happen to stagger the joints? That makes a heck of a lot stronger fence



Posts were every 8ft, and yes the joints were staggered. Normally start with a 16 on the top, 8 on the middle, 16 on the bottom runner and then 8 on the rot board.

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Oh jeez, stain it too? Hard worker right there. I might paint mine after the wood drys, not sure yet.


Yeah, I still have to stain it. Might try to this weekend. I will be using my sprayer for sure.

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