and spray-paint a large “X” to mark placement of each fence post. Be prepared for a lot of digging to set the posts. A shovel, a trench spade and a clamshell digger will get the job done, but if you have a lot of holes to dig, save time and labor by recruiting a helper and renting a two-man powered auger. Before inserting the posts, drop
a bed of gravel into the very bot- tom of each hole to provide drainage for standing water beneath the wood post. Set all the corner posts first. Have a helper hold the post upright while you use a hand level to make sure it is plumb on top of the gravel bed. A post level is also helpful, because it frees your hands by strapping around the post while placing level vials on two adjacent sides. Once you’ve established that the post is plumb left to right and back to front, brace the post in place. If you have a helper, they can hold it in position while you add the
We recommend using at least 60 lbs. of ready-mix concrete per post.
Run a taut string between the cor- ner posts and use it as a guide to line up the remaining fence posts.