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do you know if concrete fence posts have to conform to british standards

thanks! confirming my suspicions about 'no cup' concreting. glad to know a philosopher can grasp such things with reason and good thinking. who woulda thunk it?

all fencing materials conforms to british standard even if its timber of concrete

I wonder if the whole post in concrete thing is really the best way forward? The farmers where I live don't like throwing money around and never use concrete for their fence or gate posts. They just use rammed earth with zero drainage issues. If that didn't stand the test of time they would change their methods. My local fencing contractor uses this practice too, he does lots of the farm and estate fences in the area.

I prefer concrete post with concrete gravel boards but if you have to put in a wood posts :-

i like my post with extended concrete running downwards and bottom of post and concrete muff painted in bitchhumen paint. the opposite is a cup, the water collects in around the top of the post and thats where they rot very quickly.

If you don't want to mix concrete and ballast but are wary of just forcing the fence posts into the ground then postfix is a good option.


I have found that having a layer of gravel in the bottom of the hole can help with drainage.and just having the concrete around the sides chamfering away from the posts will water not sitting against the posts
I personally dont like timber posts and prefer concrete ones.

I would agree with chorley, having shingle in the bottom will make the post last longer.. and help with drainage.

Over twenty years ago, I put up fence posts from a well-known company with a 25year guarantee by just filling around them with concrete. They are still there.

Not all fence posts are created equal.

what size of hole would you recommend to have sufficient concrete to hold a 100mm square post

At least an extra 100mm all round Pat (150mm for extra security).

cheers, of to concrete in today and thats pretty much what I've allowed, thanks for the info

I am putting in two 6X6 posts for a zip line in our yard. One post will have 4' in the ground, so 11 ft about ground, and the other will be 4' in the ground with 8 feet above ground. How big around the post should be concrete be?


I have a river bank that I want to erect a retaining fence with concrete posts and sleepers to support the bank how do I concrete posts in as aproximately 2 feet down I am at water level any ideas.


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Excellent post on Mortar Mix consists of a uniformly blended mixture of portland cement, commercial grade sands and other approved ingredients.Cement is made by heating a finely ground mixture of clay and limestone, and water, to a temperature at which the clay and limestone fuse into a clinker. The clinker is ground to a fine powder called cement.

I had real problems with the posts rotting off at ground level. I had to break away the concrete every time in order to reset a new post. It became very regular, very time consuming, very expensive and hard work. I had a long, panelled fence and ended up replacing a post every fortnight or so. Clearly I had to find a solution. It is so easy. Simply remove the old concrete and stump. Then concrete a new post in position BUT first increase its size by pinning on hardboard or something similar to the length of post which is going to be in the ground. Wrap the bottom in 2 or 3 layers of polythene (supermarket plastic bags are perfect). Once the concrete has set or even just after it has hardened gently lift out the post. It will come out because of the lack of friction between the plastic bags. You now have a concrete socket slightly oversize and you can easily lift in a new post. This is even better than a solid post since the slight "give" reduces the force of the wind on the fence. Since the post is not a tight fit water drains down the post below ground level and they last for years. Even if they do eventually break it is simply a case of lifting out the broken stump and slotting in a new post. I am 77 years of age and mending my fence now holds no terrors for me.

I wonder to saw this posting on the concrete render which is mostly related to the Concrete Curing Compound.This is help to provide the good lookup and strong mechanism for the concrete.

How simple and effective. Excellent advice.

My wife and I installed a fence post a couple of years ago that had the wood encased in cement. We had no idea that by doing this we were subjecting our wood to added moisture, and premature rotting. I can already see some of the signs of rotting on the bottom of the fences. Whenever it comes time to replace the fences we will have to use this trick of keeping a hole at the bottom of the concrete to let the water seep through.

We always recommend concrete post with all our garden fencing installation's the issue we find regarding concrete post is that in small back garden's with little plant growth it gives a very commercial look, we have recently begun offering post savers for wooden post which help preserve the wood that goes in to the ground in effect it pro longs the life span of the timber post

Nice post

1.First set posts in concrete.
2. Then prepare fence posts.
3. Then dig a wide hole
4. after that add inches of gravel.
5.Brace the post.
6.Repeat for each post hole.
7.Add more gravel
8.Mix your concrete

I think that a clean concrete slab looks so nice and professional with buildings. Even at a home, it looks so clean! I love having a little bit of concrete in our yard because it gives the kids a lot more options of things to play and do.

The great thing about the experience of building a good fence is that it helps a lot when I'm looking for a fence for myself.

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