We have dirt about 8 inches from grade. Below 8 inches is sticky red clay common in this area. We were very thankful for having purchased an auger to help dig through this type of soil. The Mister tends to over engineer things at times. Perhaps this is due to his wiring and how he was brought up. (He majored in what could be loosely deemed an engineering field, one that involves numbers and computations, and his father is an engineer.) Using the auger, he dug the holes approximately thirty inches deep, poured rocks about two inches deep in the hole, and placed two fifty pound sacks of concrete in the hole along with a ten foot 4x4 post.
|First corner post is set|
|Compacting the concrete around the fence post|
At the end of weekend one of installing fence posts, The Mister and I had installed three corner posts and two interior posts.
|Corner post and two interior posts are set. The string line has been moved from the stakes to a determined height at the top of the corner post. The post to the left of the picture is a placeholder so that no one would step into the hole.|
We continued to install posts throughout the week. In the evenings, The Mister would auger one to two holes. We learned that due to the clay, the easiest method was to dig about eight inches down with the auger, then pour a gallon of water in the hole and wait about an hour for the water to soak into the clay. The water loosened the clay enough for the auger to continue digging. Some holes required using this method several times before reaching the desired depth. I would pour water into the holes during my lunch break and about an hour before The Mister returned home from work so that the soil would be ready to auger when he returned.
|The posts at the back of the property have been installed. Still need to install posts at the left and front of the property.|
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