Tips on erecting a fence.
Most domestic fences can be erected using timber posts or concrete posts.
Obviously concrete posts have the advantage of being more durable, whereas timber posts are generally a little cheaper, easier to work with, and have a 'softer' and more 'organic' appearance.
BUT, timber posts will eventually rot, how long this will take is affected by many variables.
First, and most importantly is how well they are put in the ground. Two feet is the accepted minimum, with some gravel at the bottom for drainage. The concrete should be sloped away from the post (flaunched) above the soil level.
Secondly, the type of ground. Wet/dry and the type of soil.
Thirdly, the type of tree and what part of the tree the post has been cut from. We always try and source the best Redwood posts, and the best of these are the 'quarter cut' ones...these come from the larger logs, from which four posts can be cut.
We've had a look at the many video clips of people putting fences up and consider these two to provide the best help.
The first shows a couple of blokes in very fine white overalls erecting a waney lap panel fence using concrete posts and gravel boards. Their technique is sound and can be applied to timber posts, and also our own feather edge or close boarded panels.
The next shows a close boarded (old style in the loose board format) fence going up. They are also using concrete posts and gravel boards....but the same technique is used for the same fence in timber all round.
Don't forget it's quicker and easier to use our close boarded panels coupled with the process shown in the first video.