How Do You Install Steel Fence Poles?

How Do You Install Steel Fence Poles?

To install steel fence posts, mark the location of each post, then remove any obstacles to digging a hole in that location, such as rocks or gravel. Also ensure that the ground around the fence post is level. With a fence hole digger, create a hole for each fence post that is approximately 2 feet deep.

Hammer a thin steel stake into the bottom center of the hole to hold the fence post upright and in place. Fill the bottom of the hole approximately two-thirds full of gravel. Place the steel fence post over the stake and force it into the hole until gravel encompasses the bottom of the fence post. Use a level to ensure the post is vertical within the hole, then fill the rest of the post hole with wet concrete.

An alternate method starts with digging a hole three times the width of the post and one that allows for one-third of the post to be underground when installing steel posts. Then, fill the bottom of the hole with 6 inches of gravel and compact it with the end of a 4-inch by 4-inch piece of lumber. Center the post in the hole and press it firmly into the gravel. Use braces to hold the post in place and check with a level to ensure the post is straight.

Fill the hole with dry fast-setting concrete mix, allowing approximately 4 inches of space at the top of the hole. Add 1 gallon of water to the hole for every 50 pounds of fast-setting concrete mix in the hole. Allow the mix to set for four hours before putting weight on the post.