Do concrete poles rot?

He suggested that the crack and leak could be repaired, but warned not to place the new pole in the house. Instead, the pole could be placed in concrete.

Do concrete poles rot?

He suggested that the crack and leak could be repaired, but warned not to place the new pole in the house. Instead, the pole could be placed in concrete. First, the posts should be placed on top of a coarse gravel bed 3 to 6 inches deep, so that the base of the pole is in contact with the gravel. Concrete should be poured around the pole, with no concrete under the pole.

This allows any moisture that gets between the concrete and the bottom of the pole to seep through the gravel and away from the bottom of the pole. The concrete on top should be tilted from the pole to ground level to prevent water from accumulating around the base. Not only does this stop almost all water buildup in the base, but it also makes it a simple job to unscrew the pole when one needs to be replaced many years later. When fixed to the post, the 2-by-4 wooden cross rails will be sturdy enough to hold the fence in place.

Brackets and bolts should be oriented perpendicular to the guide to maintain the best stiffness in the pole. When installing the bracket, use a spirit level to make sure it is plumb. Also use a rope line to secure a straight fence. Then the wooden fence is nailed or screwed to these rails to get the finished fence.

Again, when laying the pipe, the best is a layer of gravel and be sure to reduce the concrete from the tops of the posts. The most common fault with concrete poles is neck rot, where the pole rots right at the point where it comes out of concrete at the ground line. This can be easily avoided if the concrete is slightly above ground level and is domed or tapered away from the pole so that water does not fall into the wood. Drainage is the key, keep standing water away from the poles and they will last much longer.

Simply placing the poles in concrete creates a condition that will accelerate rotting at the bottom of the poles. With pressure-treated poles, rotting will be slow. Depending on the type of wood used, wooden fence posts can last a long time if handled correctly and remain the most traditional fence posts. Therefore, if you want to build from concrete with untreated wood then it is essential to put pressure-treated wood directly against the concrete.

In addition to speed of installation, DuraPost's compact design combines ease of installation with security. Concrete poles in open and exposed gardens have been shown to survive high wind levels and escape minimal damage. That's why when you pull out an old fence post, the rot only goes a couple of inches below the level or where the pole exists the concrete, the bottom of the pole is solid. While concrete is tough, it lacks the drainage of gravel and can trap moisture, which ultimately leads to rotting.

Over the course of a 20-meter fence, that would amount to more than £156 in additional cost for concrete fence posts compared to wooden posts, for example. Removing a fence panel is one of the most popular ways that objects or pets are taken from a fenced yard. One of the most common ways that items or pets are stolen from a fenced garden is to remove a fence panel. A recent article published by The Guardian analyzes the enormous impact concrete has on the planet and explores sustainable alternative options.

Australian concrete poles have the best solution to stop this continuous pocket maintenance once and for all. DuraPost is stronger than concrete and wood fence posts and is guaranteed to last up to 25 years. Standard concrete mixes can take up to two hours to set and must be cured 24 to 48 hours before any force is applied to the poles. In addition, pressure-treated wood is not as stable and resistant as concrete, so we had to opt for concrete poles on this occasion.

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Riley Ryan
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