Re: What is the preferred method to set 6x6 fence posts?
I have built a lot of fences in the London area
with both 4x4 and 6x6 posts with 6x6 being the most common over the last 3 to 4 years that I built fences.I can show you fences that I built 30 years ago and they are still showing no signs of rot in the posts I have always dug the hole no deeper than 3 ft and filled around the post with concrete. I never used the bag stuff as I have a trailer that will carry 2 ton of gravel and I have never paid more than $25 for a load of " A " gravel and a bag of portland cement was costing me about $12. IIRC I could get about 8 posts set with 1 bag of Portland. I also never braced my posts as I found that once the concrete was poured they were steady enough to stand on their own. I have never used the bags of cement solely due to the cost involved and I have a couple of cement mixers.The gate showing was built about 4 years ago and as you can see it has a standard locking door passage set. The gate is put together with M & T joints held together with Polyurethane glue. I was in the area where the gate is a couple of years ago and the lock was still lined up. I was rather hesitant to put a regular lock set in but the owner was rather persistant so I gave it a try. Only one I have ever done with a regular passage set. When setting posts I always made sure the bottom of the hole was compacted. If your fence is in sandy soil I would not be concerned with your posts moving with frost. If you had heavy clay and a wet area it is a different story. There are many ways to build a fence and i found this way worked for me. PS the fence is not attached to the brick veneer although I have done it in the past.
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