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Installing chain link fence posts

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Tim C., Aug 18, 2007.

  1. Tim C.

    Tim C. LawnSite Member
    Posts: 54

    I have installed a few chain link fences before. I use to always install the line post set in concrete. But, I found out that the local fence companies just pound them in the ground. In order to be more productive I tried the same thing with a normal t post driver. But I would always mushroom the tops of them, so I would have to cut them off inorder to install the top caps. So, I was wondering if anyone had an idea how to install the posts without using concrete or messing up the tops? I am hoping there is someone here who installs fences this way!
  2. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,466

  3. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,570

    There are also pnumatic post drivers.
  4. Tim C.

    Tim C. LawnSite Member
    Posts: 54

    grandview, that is exactly what I am using. I have heard about the pneumatic, but I was unsure of the cost and what kind of compressor would be required?
  5. gregory

    gregory LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,068

    i use a hammer and a block of oak when i did my fence here at my house...but its real sandy down here in south florida so the poles go in real easy
  6. Oasis-Outdoor

    Oasis-Outdoor LawnSite Member
    Posts: 179

    Do yourself a favor and set them in concrete!
  7. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 863

  8. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Posts: 3,556

    I cant even believe anyone wouldnt put them in concrete, it seems stupid not to, especially those that live in a frost area. It just seems like your setting yourself up for disaster down the road, or re-doing it all in a few years.
  9. Travis E

    Travis E LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,762

    I have an uncle that owns a very successful fence business and he always put them in concrete, two 80 pound bags each hole. The only time that he does not put them in concrete in when it is a temp fence and then he just uses his bobcat to push them in the ground. I know that I would put them in concrete if I were you!

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