Building a fence can be a big job, and there are lots of ways to go about it. Some ways will be quicker than others, some will be cheaper than others, but in this blog post I’ll show you how to build fence without digging (and without raising sunken posts). There are several reasons you want to not dig into your lawn or sand when installing a fence.
A few years ago we bought our first house. One of the things I was interested in was putting up a fence. To my dismay, we discovered that all of the posts that were owned by the neighborhood had sunk into the ground – and we were forced to dig them all up and put in new ones. It was a pain in the rear, but it was worth it. I made a video of how I did it which you can watch here if you like:
How to build a fence without sinking posts
Building a fence without digging is possible with the right tools and materials. This article will show how to build a fence without digging, raising sinking posts and more.
A sunken fence post can be an eyesore in your yard but it also makes your fence susceptible to decay, rot and termites. A sunken post can make it difficult for you to keep your fence looking good because you can’t apply any pressure to this area when mowing or trimming your grass around the area.
There are several ways you can fix this problem:
Raise the Post: If the post has already sunk into the ground, you may be able to raise it by placing bricks under the base of the post until it reaches its original height. Or, if there’s enough room between two posts, use one or two concrete blocks placed under each side of the post base so that it comes back up where it should be.
Add More Dirt: If your yard is too compacted from too much rain or snow over time, you can add more dirt around the base of each post using a tamper tool or mini-truck bucket loader attachment along with some extra dirt from another area of your yard (don’t use soil from an area near trees or shrubs as they
How to Build a Fence Without Digging
If you don’t want to dig holes for fence posts, you have options.
You can use concrete blocks and concrete to raise the posts, or use pressure-treated lumber if your soil is heavy and won’t hold up the weight of a concrete block. You can also use rebar or steel posts to hold up your fence without digging.
The key to building a fence without digging is choosing the right material for your soil, taking advantage of whatever leverage you have and using the right tools. Here’s how to build a fence without digging:
Measure and mark where you want your fence posts to go. If you’re using a pressure-treated wood post, check the depth requirement on the label so you know how deep to put it in the ground. Use stakes and string as markers so you know where each post goes as soon as it’s in place.
Dig holes with a mattock or pickax if necessary. To avoid damaging roots when digging holes for fence posts, take out any rocks or roots first before starting work with your shovels and mattocks; this will make things easier for everyone involved!
If you don’t want to dig post holes, there are a few ways you can build a fence without digging. Here’s how:
1. Use Flush Posts
If your property is on an even grade, or if you’re building a fence in the same plane as the ground surface, you can use flush posts. These are essentially posts that have been poured into concrete forms in their final position and then covered with dirt for camouflage. The concrete is poured around the post, which means it doesn’t need to be dug into the ground. The concrete will also help keep the post straight and stable.
2. Use Ground Anchors
Another option is using ground anchors, which are steel rods that are driven into the ground and anchored with nuts and washers attached to them at both ends of each rod. These rods are typically used when building fences on hillsides or uneven ground where it would be difficult or impossible to dig holes for fence posts.
It’s a good idea to use concrete posts when building a fence. They’re durable, last a long time and are easy to install. But if you must use wood posts, here are some tips for raising them without digging:
Use a post-hole digger with a sharp blade. If your post won’t fit through the hole, try another spot or move it over an inch or so.
If you’re using concrete posts, attach them to the ground before filling in around them with dirt or gravel. If you already have gravel in place, make sure it’s packed down well so that the post doesn’t sink into it.
A sinking fence post is a post that has been installed into the ground and has started to sink. The most common reason for a sinking fence post is poor soil conditions. If you want to build a fence without sinking posts, there are several methods that can help you prevent this problem.
The first method is to build your fence on top of concrete footers. Concrete footers can be poured in the ground around the perimeter of where you want your fence to go and then filled with dirt once they’ve dried. This will keep your posts from sinking.
Another option is to install posts that have been treated with preservative or copper-chrome-arsenic (CCA). Both of these treatments will stop rot from killing your posts prematurely, which means fewer replacements and repairs down the road.
Another way to avoid having sunken fence posts is by using pressure-treated wood instead of regular wood for your posts and rails or pickets (the wood used for the sides of fences). This type of wood will last much longer than untreated wood before it needs replacing because it resists rotting better than untreated wood does.
How to Raise a Sinking Fence Post
A sunken fence post is often the result of a poorly installed post or soil conditions that don’t support solid footing. The fence may even be leaning or falling over. If you need to raise a sinking fence post, there are several methods you can use.
Dig out the soil around the base of your fence post and replace it with gravel, concrete blocks or sandbags. This will raise the post and help stabilize it until you can complete more permanent repairs.
Add concrete footings under each end of the fence post and fill them with concrete to raise it off the ground.
Use a hand digger to dig down below the level of the ground where your fence will be placed. Replace this dirt with gravel or crushed stone, then cover it with rocks from your yard or from landscaping supply stores. Fill in around your posts until they’re level with the ground surface.
Raising a sinking fence post is not as difficult as it seems. It is actually a fairly easy task and can be done in your own backyard with a few simple tools. You will need to use a few different methods to ensure that the post is raised to its original height.
Step 1 – Dig Around the Post
The first thing you should do when you want to raise a sinking fence post is to dig around it. You want to make sure that there are no roots growing into the ground around it. If there are, then you will need to remove them before going any further with this project.
Step 2 – Use Cement Blocks for Stability
You could also try using cement blocks for stability if the post has sunken down far enough for that method to work effectively. This method is not very common anymore but some people still use it successfully nonetheless. This will help keep your fence upright if it has sunken down too much but it will not allow it to stand back up completely like other methods listed below do.
Raising a sinking fence post is a fairly simple task if you know how to do it. There are several ways to raise a fence post that has sunk into the ground.
The first thing you want to do is dig around the base of the post. If you have a concrete fence, carefully break off any concrete that may be attached to the bottom of the post, but don’t remove all of it.
Once you’ve broken enough off so that there’s about an inch or two left on top of the dirt, use some wire or rope and tie it around your shovel handle. Then push down into the ground until you feel resistance and pull up on your shovel handle until the post pops out of the ground (this usually takes 2-3 pulls).
Once you have removed all of this extra concrete, use some rocks or bricks to prop up your fence post so it will be higher than where it was before. Make sure that as much weight as possible is placed on this side before moving on to step 3:
You can raise a sinking fence post by digging out the soil around the post and replacing it with concrete. This will add about one foot of height to your fence, making it much more stable.
The following steps are for a wood or vinyl fence:
1. Dig out the soil from around the base of the post until you reach solid ground. The amount of digging required depends on how far down your post has sunken, but an inch or two is usually enough. Make sure that you don’t dig so much that you expose any electrical lines or pipes running through your yard; call an electrician if necessary to move them before you begin digging.
2. Pour concrete into the hole around the base of your post until it reaches ground level again. If there isn’t enough room in the hole for all of this concrete, fill it halfway and wait 24 hours before pouring more in order to allow time for any air bubbles inside to rise to the surface and escape. If there’s still not enough room after 24 hours, remove some of the existing concrete with a shovel and replace it with fresh material.
Fence posts are often made of wood, but metal or concrete posts can also be used. In addition to being a great way to keep animals from getting into your garden and yard, fences can also help with drainage issues in your yard.
Fences come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common: They need to be properly installed in order to hold up over time. However, if you’re dealing with sinking fence posts, you’ll need some extra help installing them so they don’t fall over and ruin your entire project.
The first thing you’ll need to do is remove the old post from the ground. To do this, remove any dirt around it that has settled around it after it was initially installed. Then use a sledgehammer or other heavy object (such as an ax) to strike the base of the post until it’s loosened enough for you to pull out by hand.