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Choose and put in a foundation for your fence

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Fencing in the backyard enhances both your privacy and safety. Although fairly straightforward, fencing must be done properly. A fence can be put up in five different ways: posts can be set in spikes, piles, concrete footings or form tubes, or sunk directly into the ground. The choice of foundation depends on the area, soil conditions, fence model, and, of course your budget.

This project details each completion stage for the five types of foundation and specifies the ideal soil and ground conditions for each type.


Tools and materials required


  • Post-hole auger
  • Gloves
  • Hammer
  • Sledgehammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Carpenter’s level
  • Line level
  • Tape measure



  • Posts
  • Gravel, 0-¾
  • Stone dust
  • Concrete mix
  • Form tube (sonotube)
  • Metal spikes
  • Piles

Before Assembly


Municipalities have regulations and bylaws that govern the installation of fences and hedges, and it is up to you to be aware of any regulations that might apply.

Before you undertake a fencing project, locate the precise boundary of your property, lay out an installation plan, then measure the total length.

Make sure there are no pipes or electric cables in the ground where you’ll be working.

The installation of a fence can be accomplished in four ways: posts can be set in metal spikes, piles or form tubes, or driven directly into the ground.

Digging can be done with an excavator or an auger. It is simpler and less physically demanding to work with an auger.

Before inserting wood posts into the ground, apply a wood preservative to protect against rot.

The shorter the distance between posts, the more solid your fence structure will be.


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