Last week Jason and I put in a cedar post fence with gate to keep balls and children from running down the drive way. If you want an all natural fence without the use of pressure treated wood and concrete there’s some masterful tips here from my friend Jason.
First step is to take sticks and line up where your posts are going to be and run a line in between.
Cedar is an excellent choice for posts because it will last about 10-12 years. We decided to forgo using concrete or pressure treated posts and go all natural. We learned that when hanging a gate the concrete will dry out the wood and in about five years the post can snap. Digging the holes is never an easy task in New England as we have very rocky terrain. Make sure to dig holes with a friend, goes so much smoother! It is vital that the holes are dug 2.5′ deep and that the stones, dirt and gravel is placed strategically back into the hole to insure that its locked in tight. You want to try and fill the hole back in with the fill you took out but you may need a stash of medium size stones and rocks. Thankfully no shortage of rocks in CT.!
Miraculously the first hole was easy and with two of us working it we got it done in no time.
The next hole.. not so good as we run into a BIG rock.
After about 30 minutes we got the rock loose, titled up straight and tucked her into the corner for leverage.
Perfect 2.5 feet.
The post becomes strong by starting with a layer of small stones at the base, add some fill and then water to pack everything in tight. Next larger rocks are placed on top and hit over and over with a heavy long steel bar using both ends.
Don’t be afraid to get intimate! You may birth a few rocks doing this project. Use your hands to place the stones like a puzzle back into the hole.
The post is in nice and snug. Leo comes over to inspect the job!
Using the hardware supplied with the gate these go up pretty easy.
Yeah the gates are up and looking good. Great day of work!
Going to put up your own fence?
Here are some things you’ll need.
The fence goes up against the posts and is held in place with tension that is coming from the truck and cables. Heavy metal staples are used to fasten the fence. (See truck parked on driveway that is holding the tension.)
Make sure to always have good tension on any wire fence that you put up. In this picture we used 2×4’s screwed together over the end of the wire fence for our brace. Attached some cables and ratcheted it tight.
Break time to check out a caterpillar.
Thankfully the fence is up in two days and everyone is happy. Already testing the boundary!