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Tamping fenceposts
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Kellyb    Posted 07-24-2004 at 19:43:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Anybody got some good advice on tamping

jfky    Posted 07-25-2004 at 02:53:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
if you are in a higher clay content soil area be aware of the shrink swell capacity of the clay. If you tamp when moist the clay has expanded from the moisture content so when it dries naturally the post will be lose and is hard to stabilize

ret    Posted 07-24-2004 at 19:57:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
buy a tamper from HD or Lowes, 6 ft long heavy bar with a flat end and the other end like a dull chisel. Use dirt and tamp a little bit at a time. Will hold really good.

buck    Posted 07-24-2004 at 21:22:25       [Reply]  [No Email]

That bar weighs about 17 pounds but after a good line of post it feels more like 170.

ret    Posted 07-25-2004 at 05:50:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
it sure is a handy tool to have around, would recommend it to anyone who lives out in the sticks

deadcarp    Posted 07-24-2004 at 19:56:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Kinda depends on the soil - if it's graveley or wet enough, you can just shovel it back and it'll settle with a boot heel. If it's sticky, use the shovel handle to poke around the post and pack the soil. Dry sand settles the loosest and needs the most compacting. Really, most times you only need to pack the very bottom 6 inches and top 6 inches. If a post is solid there, the rest won't be able to move enough to hurt anything.. :)

Les    Posted 07-24-2004 at 19:56:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
When you get the post where you want it, put a little dirt in the hole...not too much and NO ROCKS, and tamp it all around with whatever you have. A shovel handle works fine.
Then put a little more and tamp it. Each time just put a little bit of dirt and tamp it until it feels like you aren't doing much good any more. The more you tamp and the less dirt you put in each time, the more solid your post will be. If you have some rocks, make sure you don't put them in the hole until way at the top, if at all. You throw them in the hole and your post will be loose, guaranteed.

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