Setting a wooden post in concrete makes it more stable and secure, but as the wood shrinks over time, it can cause the post to become loose. To prevent this from happening, drive several large, rust resistant nails in all four sides of the post at different angles. Watch this video to find out more.
If you keep your dog in a fenced in backyard, chances are that he’ll try to dig his way to freedom. Dogs often dig under a gate, since there’s has a gap under it to allow the gate to swing open. Watch this video to find out how to prevent your dog from digging under a gate.
To remove wooden posts from the ground, screw a block of wood to the side of the post, stack concrete blocks next to it to form a fulcrum, position a 2x4 under the block of wood and over the fulcrum, then pull down on it to pull the post out of the ground. Watch this video to find out more.
Once you build a fence it is inevitable that the weather is going to take its toll on it. Fence posts that were originally cut square allow rainwater to soak right into the wood resulting in expansion and splitting of the wood. We've found that by cutting the fence posts at a slight angle the water drains right off rather than sitting and soaking into the wood.
A simple, easy way to measure postholes as you dig them is to mark 6-inch graduations up the handle of your posthole diggers (a permanent marker is ideal for the job). A similar approach works well for a shovel handle; only here you can measure from the handle end instead of the blade end so you can invert the tool to measure as you go.
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