Why Cement Your Posts?
Cementing your fence posts is a common installation method that is used by countless fence pros around the country. If you’re looking to install your own fence, we can help you get started with some tips and tricks from experienced fencing professionals.
The Cementing Process.
Ready to install your chain link fence? Cementing is the proprietary method for setting your posts, but you may need a few helpers. If you’re on your own, you can use some bricks or 2x4s to help.
You’ll need to act fast and not skip any steps during the cementing process. This is especially important when dealing with cement. You don’t want your cement to begin setting until it’s already around the post, or you’ll end up with a mess on your hands.
Once all post locations are marked, you’ve done all of the planning work, and you’re ready to get started — it’s time to install the beams into the ground.
- Digging Tool (Auger, shovel)
- Bucket (or wheelbarrow) for water & cement mix
Let’s Get Started
Step 1: Break Ground
Start by digging a hole that is approximately three times the width of the post. You’ll want to dig deep as well, about one-third the length of the post. You can use the old trusted shovel or even an auger if you have one.
Step 2: Prepare Hole
Once you have dug an appropriately sized hole, pour gravel into the bottom of the hole, up to four inches deep. Crushed stone will also do the job. Do not forget to tamp down the gravel until it’s nice and compact. You can use the bottom of your fence post for this.
Step 3: Set Post
Place the post in the center of the hole, but make sure to keep it upright and straight. You may need a helper for this, or you can use the bricks or 2x4s.
Step 4: Pour Concrete
Be sure to wear eyewear and gloves to keep yourself safe, and pour the concrete mix into the hole with the post firmly upright. Get an even amount on all sizes. Keep filling until your cement is around three inches below ground level.
Step 5: Pour Your Water
Grab your bucket of water and pour on top of the concrete mix. The recommended ratio is one gallon per 50-pound bag of cement. Add the water slowly and let it seep into every inch of the concrete mix.
Step 6: Level Your Post
After you have set your posts, you’ll need to place a carpenter level as soon as possible to make sure that they are straight. Once it’s at an acceptable level, use a stick, pole, or sharpshooter shovel to press the wet concrete around the base until firm. You’ll need to act fast before the mix sets.
Cemented Chain Link Installation
While the driven-post method is the most popular choice for chain link fencing, you can opt for cementing your posts. Take a look at our easy-to-follow guide for installing your chain link fence today and take on your fencing project with confidence.
Cemented Ornamental Steel Installation
Looking to install your beautiful ornamental steel fence? Cementing your posts is a great way to ensure long-lasting fencing that stands tall through harsh weather. Check out our ornamental steel fence installation guide to get step-by-step instructions on how you can succeed in your fencing project.
Need Help Installing?
If you need a hand with your fencing installation, don’t worry, we can help. Our sister company Northland Fence offers dedicated fencing professionals who will take over your fencing project from start to finish. Sit back, relax, and let the pros construct your fence today.