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How To Pour A Concrete Footing For A Chain-Link Fence

A chain-link fence is usually used as a temporary solution. However, it can also be a permanent solution if the posts are properly installed. This article will explain the best way to install the concrete footings for posts. This will allow you to add a chain-link fence that can still be strong and long-lasting, even if it is set in soil.

Digging Holes for the Footing

The fence posts needs to be set in footings that are about half as deep as the fence is tall. So, if you want a 6' tall fence, the post should go 3' into the soil. So, you would need a 9' post in all.

The first step is to dig the hole for the post. Dig it 6" deeper than you plan on setting the post. This is because you want to have at least 6" of concrete beneath the base of the post.

Pouring the Concrete

To get the best results, you want to use a ready-mix concrete that just requires that you add water. However, you do not want to mix the concrete and water before pouring it into the hole. You will be able to create a much stronger footing if you mix the concrete and water inside the hole. This will allow the concrete mix to coagulate with the soil. If you pour premixed concrete into a dirt hole, it will not bond with the soil around it. You should pour the concrete mix and water into the hole until the mixture is about 6" from the surface. Later, you can fill in this 6" with dirt or sod to cover the concrete.

The best way to mix the concrete is to use a power drill with a mixing attachment. If you do not have a power drill strong enough to use such an attachment, you can stir the concrete by hand. But, it can be quite tiring, especially if you have to pour concrete into a bunch of different holes for a large fence. You will also need to hold the post in place as you pour the concrete around it. So, this is usually a two-man job.

If you need help with this job, you may want to talk with a place like Elrod Fence Co.  If your concrete footings are properly poured, your fence will have a much stronger foundation. Ultimately, these fences are great because they are affordable, but you can still get the benefits of a sturdy, permanent fence.