How To Pour Footing For Chain Link Fences

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Installing chain link fences is a relatively easy project because they are modular. The posts, supports and caps all fit on the actual chain link fence quite easily. You don't need to drill the fence pieces together with a screws. Instead, you will mainly be tightening bolts and attaching poles to pre-cut posts. While this part of the process is largely self explanatory, you do need to learn how to pour the footings for the posts. If your fence is being installed onto soil, you need to make sure that your footings are strong. This article explains how to properly pour and mix concrete for fence footings.

Dig the Hole

The first thing is to dig the hole. Using a post digger is the easiest, but if you don't have one, just use a spade shovel. The depth and width of the hole will mainly depend on how tall the fence will be. In general, you want the hole to be about 3 times wider than the fence post. Also, you want in about 1/3 as deep as the above ground height of the fence post. So a 6' tall fence will need 2' deep holes. And, if the fence posts are 4" in diameter, you want the hole to be 12" wide. The measurements are approximate. If you want to reinforce your posts, dig your hole a little deeper and wider. Just make sure you compensate by adding more concrete.

Mixing the Concrete in the Hole

The key to getting a stronger fence post footing is mixing the concrete in the hole. Don't bother premixing the concrete. Just add the mix and water into the hole at the same time. Try to fill the hole halfway up with water and concrete mix. Using a power drill with a concrete mixing attachment, mix the concrete before filling the rest of the hole. Don't fill the hole all the way to the top of the soil. Leave it a few inches down so you can cover the footing with soil when it dries. Mixing the concrete in the hole results in a stronger footing. The concrete will coagulate with the soil and create a stronger bond.

The post footings are vital when it comes to the long-term well being of your fence. If you posts are not properly installed, your fence is likely to be wobbly and not level. Over time, it can sag and result in a weak fence if the footings are not solid.

For a professional fencing company, contact a company such as Elrod Fence Co.

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