How to Set a Wooden Post for Cedar Privacy Fencing

Have you researching how to set a wooden post for Cedar privacy fencing? There are several schools of thought when it comes to setting wood posts for Cedar privacy fencing.

First of all, you need to dig a hole a minimum of two feet deep and eight inches in diameter.

One school of thought is to place the post down into the hole and use the existing dirt from the hole to compact the dirt equally around the post.

The second school of thought and what we, here at Cedar Supply recommend, is to concrete the post. Compacting dirt leads to future problems – especially with high winds. A six-foot fence will act as a sail and will cause a section of the fence to tilt. You will constantly be trying to upright these sections.

Concrete secures the post in position and maintenance to keep the fence line straight should be non-existent.

A Tip About Using Concrete to Set a Wooden Post for Cedar Privacy Fencing

We prefer mixing your concrete in a wheel barrel as opposed to just dumping a dry mix concrete in the hole and adding water.

By mixing concrete in a wheel barrel, you can control the consistency of the product and water to come up with a good mixture that is not too soupy and a thick batch that you can easily apply down into the hole. It should be thick enough that you do not need to brace the post in place.

Remember to mound the concrete at the top of the hole up against the post, so that when it rains, the water will exit away from the post and prevent water from getting down between the concrete and post, which can cause rotting over time.

If you’ve got any questions regarding this or any other fencing, decking, pergolas, pole barn materials, or any other building materials, both interior and exterior: contact us at Cedar Supply. We’d love to help you.