Why are the fence posts in the fence wobbly?

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  • Why are the fence posts in the fence wobbly?


Answer #1 | 19/12 2013 12:33
Some dirt packs better than others because of what's in them. Take a 2X2 board like a picket from a deck railing and use the end to tamp the dirt around the post. For future posts, add 1 foot at a time and tamp it down the same way. Additional Details It just doesn't make sense if the posts were tight when you finished and then loose the next day unless something was pushing against the fence. At any rate, keep going back and tamping them and they will eventually stiffin up after a couple of rains.
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Answer #2 | 19/12 2013 13:01
You should put concrete in every hole. Obviously your dirt is not firm enough to hold the posts.
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Answer #3 | 19/12 2013 13:45
sounds like the holes might have been too wide. or the dirt too dry. Dry soil acts like sand. perhaps the dirt will settle deeper into the holes after a good rain. here is a guide to setting fence posts
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Answer #4 | 19/12 2013 16:19
Add a bucket of water to each hole after you tamp it down with a the rod and the 2x4.
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Answer #5 | 19/12 2013 18:35
You will want to drill the holes a little but deeper maybe, and instead of using dirt to hold it in, pour concrete around it. It will hold it much better, it may cost more, but it will be well worth it in the end.
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Answer #6 | 19/12 2013 19:29
Don't cement them,(Don't Cement any post)...calves don't push on fences it will eventually set on it's own. You should've used an auger the same dimensions as the post.. To tighten a corner post , drive another post next to the corner post,.. and cut off right at the ground... you can repair a leaning post, this way.. You're lucky if those trash post(treated) that they sell now might last 10 years..rotten with cement around it.. stupid. " 1in diameter steel rods to tamp."... No good use a landscape timber,.. or 3" round post to tamp..
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