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SETTING POSTS IN CONCRETE

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Tools
Digging tools, drill, level, bucket, gravel, post (must be rot-resistant wood, rust-resistant metal, or an appropriate synthetic material), 2 x 4 braces, wood stakes, wood screws.




Step-By-Step Instructions
Dig the post hole
1.
Dig the post hole, making it three times the width of the post and at a depth equal to 1/3 to 1⁄2 of the above-ground length of the post, plus 6" (right). For loose or sandy soil, using a tube form is recommended (left).
Pour 6 inches of gravel or crushed stone into the bottom of the hole
2.
Pour 6" of gravel or crushed stone into the bottom of the hole. Compact and level the gravel using a post or 2 x 4.
Set the post
3.
Set the post in the hole. Attach angled 2 x 4 braces to two adjacent sides of the post using one screw for each brace. Drive a stake into the ground near the lower end of each brace.
Use a level
4.
Use a level to position the post plumb (perfectly vertical), checking on two adjacent sides with the level, then fasten the braces to the stakes.
Fill the hole
5.
Fill the hole with Fast-Setting Concrete up to 3 to 4" below the ground level.
Add water
6.
Add the recommended amount of water. After the concrete has set, backfill the hole with soil and/or sod.