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Old 05-20-2019, 09:36 PM   #21
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jeeze Stunt the posts are sitting in a low spot surrounded by dirt and grass



that's asking for it!


Maybe itís the clay that we have that makes it work. Iíve pulled a ton of posts like that that have no rot at grade.

Gravel here doesnít work with frost and wind. Replaced a fence last year that was two years old with graveled posts. Posts where so loose you could pull them by hand.
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Old 05-21-2019, 10:19 AM   #22
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Maybe itís the clay that we have that makes it work. Iíve pulled a ton of posts like that that have no rot at grade.

Gravel here doesnít work with frost and wind. Replaced a fence last year that was two years old with graveled posts. Posts where so loose you could pull them by hand.
Gravel doesn't work here either, the clay "eats" the rock and then you have loose posts / leaning gates. Fences around here, we pound the posts into the ground without digging or use concrete.
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Part of it can be the wind loads coupled with soft ground. 4X4 loads the soil more than a 6X6 or 6" cedar post. If a 6X6 still gives too much loading, cement is pretty usual to get it spread out over a larger area.

At the start of last winter I saw some 4X4 posts in deep loan get hit with a lot of rain, followed by strong winds and a freeze. Posts moved a ton, and panel fasteners snapped off.

Some are still waiting to be repaired.

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