Step 5: Strengthen the footing.

man with shovel in the dirt
Photo: Webb Chappell
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Brace the hinge post with two 2x4s: Screw the studs’ upper ends into opposite sides of the post 3 feet above grade, and stake the lower ends in the ground about 3 feet from the post base. Mix up two bags of concrete and fill around the post. Stop filling when the concrete is 3 to 4 inches below grade, enough to hide it under topsoil. Let the mix cure overnight.
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    Tools List

    • drill
      Drill driver, for drilling holes and driving screws
    • pointed shovel
      Shovel
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    • two-foot level
      2-foot level (3-foot level optional)
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Measuring Tape

    Shopping List

    1. Fence posts

    2. Two bags of concrete