How To Dig Construction Fence Posts

If you need a temporary fence to mark off your construction site, fiberglass is a great option. It is extremely durable, yet it is more stylish than chain link fences. Fiberglass is most often used as a permanent fencing solution, but it can be great for temporary construction fencing. If you are going to install a temporary fiberglass fence in soil, you need to make sure the posts are properly installed. This article explains the best techniques and tools for installing temporary fiberglass fence posts in soil.

Don't use Concrete Footing for the Posts

If you were going to install a fiberglass fence in a soil setting, you would want to pour concrete footings for the posts. However, this is not necessary if your fence is only going to be up for a few months. It is much more cost effective and quicker to install the posts directly into the soil instead of pouring concrete footing.

Dig the Hole for the Post

The most vital tool for setting posts is a post digging shovel. These specialized shovels are long and narrow, so you can dig deep without creating a hole that is too wide. The depth of your hole will vary depending on the height and width of your fence posts. Of course, a taller fence will need to have more of the post submerged in the soil. In general, you will be fine if about 1/3 of the fence post is beneath ground level. So a 6 foot tall fence would need to be built using 9 feet posts. 3 feet of the post will be in the soil, while the other 6 are above ground.

Tamping and Prepping the Hole

The difficulty of digging the hole will vary depending on the density of the soil. After the hole is dug to the perfect size, you need to prep it. With a tamping pole, you can pack down the bottom of the hole. This makes it harder and allows you to more easily control the depth of the hole. Once your hole has a nice, firm bottom, you can set the post. Hold the post in place (use a level to make sure it is straight) while a helper fills in the hole with soil. Tamp the soil around the post as you pour it to make sure it is dense.

Since no concrete is being used, the fence will be much easier to remove when the project is complete.