It's important that your fence posts be secure because they provide the bulk of the structural integrity for the entire fence. Because of the digging required to install the fence posts, fences are usually installed during the spring and summer months. However, if you find yourself in a situation where you have to install a fence in the winter, there are ways that you can make it work more easily than you otherwise might. Here are some tips to help you install those posts properly in the winter months.
Start By Gathering The Right Tools
Before you even think about getting started, take time to gather all of the tools that you need. That ensures that you can complete the job from start to finish without getting interrupted.
Spade shovel: You will need this to break up the ice and the frozen soil. Remember that the frozen soil is often a couple of inches deep, so be prepared to dig until you hit some manageable soil.
Post hole digger: A post hole digger is the easiest way to create the holes for your fence posts. The dimensions of a post hole digger is perfect for fence post placement. Once you've eliminated the frozen soil, you can use the post hole digger to clear out the installation space.
Level: You'll need a level that you know how to read. The level is a key component, because it helps you ensure that each fence post is installed straight.
Create The Post Hole
Start by breaking up the surface soil until you've moved past the freeze line. Once you do, use the post hole digger to create the holes for each fence post. Make sure your post hole is a few inches wider in diameter than the post itself, and dig down a couple of feet for each one.
Place Each Fence Post
Position the fence post in the hole so that it rests straight against the side of the hole that's furthest from where you're standing. Once the post is in place, use the level to be sure it's straight before you reinforce it and complete the installation. When you know it's straight, fill the hole around the post with the soil that you dug out. Pack it down in tightly so that the post is secure. That will hold your post in place. You could reinforce the post with concrete, but concrete doesn't set properly in the winter months because of the temperatures. The moisture in the concrete is likely to freeze before it cures, so just use the soil to secure the posts.
Contact a company like Askatu Construction if you need help installing a fence.