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Metal fencing is becoming more popular, especially since Storm Eunice hit the UK earlier this year, leaving many weak, worn and dated timber fences in ruins. If you're looking to add metal fencing but want to ensure you get the installation completed correctly, it's crucial to ensure your metal posts are properly stabilised.

Otherwise, the fence could become structurally unsound and unsafe. Below we've added a series of tips to help you ensure your metal posts are properly secured and ready to serve you well for years to come.

 

Is your existing metal post unstable?

If your post is installed but has become loose over time, you'll need to take extra care when re-stabilising it. First, remove any debris or vegetation built up around the post. Never underestimate the power of nature, as minor issues that occur over a long time can often be the culprit. Next, use a metal post support to hold the post in place while you work. These supports come in various sizes and shapes, so make sure you choose one that will offer a secure grip. Now you're ready to start working on attaching your chosen fencing panel. Depending on the size and weight of the panel, you may need to use more than one support. If you're installing a new metal post, stabilisation is still crucial, as touched on below.

 

Dig down approximately 2ft deep

You should aim to dig holes that are 6-inches wide and about 2 feet deep, allowing you to use plenty of concrete without the risk of it spilling over. This hole depth also provides good support for your posts without making the job too difficult.

 

Concrete is best as it does not rot, decay or split

At the bottom of the hole, add gravel for drainage before adding concrete. When the holes are prepared, it's time to mix your concrete. As a general rule of thumb, the ratio is 1:2:4 (one cement, two sand, four aggregate). Concrete is always best mixed using a cement mixer to ensure it's even. We always recommend you allow the concrete to cure for several days or the best part of a week. Wrought iron is a hefty material, and the posts must bear the weight.

 

Use a long level when installing the posts

When installing your posts, make sure they're plumb by using a long level. The last thing you want is for your fence to be lopsided, so take your time and get this part right, especially if your fence is on a slope or hill. We hope these tips come in handy when installing your metal posts, but if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call us on 0844 804 5577. At Garden Gates Direct, we're always happy to help.