Whether your fence, trellis, pergola or deck will be installed by a professional company, or it’s a DIY weekend project – the answer to this is a resounding yes. Without a properly set concrete footer on every post the fence will eventually sag and fail structurally. In terms of setting a strong footer for your posts – it’s not as simple, though, as digging a hole and throwing in some concrete. Adjustments and plans need to be made for the temperature outside, your location and sighting up your line. If you’re only tackling a couple of posts – you can purchase a post hole digger for manual use. If you are doing your entire backyard, it might be best to rent some equipment for the job.
There are a couple of special techniques that we recommend using when customers dig their own footers. They are the same techniques our crews use when installing for our customers. We’re happy to provide a tip sheet with drawings and suggestions to our material only customers. This should make their DIY project easier, and ensure that they do not have problems with heaving posts later down the road. It will also help the do it yourselfer set a solid footer that will keep their new fence in a nice straight line for years to come!
– Guest Article Featured from Elyria Fence Blog –