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Concrete Fence Posts

  
  
  
  

concrete posts & braces

In a 1925 booklet, the Portland Cement Association praises the superior qualities of concrete fence posts. Apparently at that time these posts were becoming very popular for several reasons. Concrete posts:

  • become stronger with age
  • are not damaged by fireconcrete mailbox post
      • weeds along the fence line can be burned without damaging posts
  • are not affected by weather, insects or fungi
  • will not rot
      • reducing expense and time of replacement
  • are uniform in size and shape
      • easy to line up and set for an attractive appearance
  • stay put

Concrete fence posts are fairly easy to make. Their final shape will be determined by the molds used. Wood or metal molds are acceptable. At the time the booklet was printed, metal molds for posts were available to purchase. Reinforcement rods are required for strength.

Concrete posts were used extensively by some of the railroads for their right of way fences. Use by farmers quickly followed. They were recommended as ideal permanent posts for vineyards to support grapevines. It was claimed that they would outlast the vineyard.

concrete vineyard posts

Corner and gate posts were often made on site due to the increased size and weight required to resist the tension and bear the weight. Angle braces to give the fence rigidity can also be made of concrete.concrete gate post

It is possible to make elaborate and decorative posts. The forms or molds can be made with interesting angles. Laying small stones against the form face in the mold gives the posts an interesting texture.

Are concrete posts a thing of the past, when "Spare time can be profitably used in making them."?

Would attractive concrete posts be of interest today?

Would you want concrete posts surrounding your garden or property?

concrete posts




Comments

I think there is still a place for concrete posts. I came across this website doing research because I plan to make some concrete corner posts for my farm. I like the fact that they won't rot like wooden posts.
Posted @ Sunday, April 03, 2011 2:34 AM by John
great but how does one attach the field or woven wire to the concrete post please ?
Posted @ Tuesday, May 24, 2011 3:24 PM by john watson
To attach wire fence to concrete post simply cast into the wet concrete any number of tie-wires. Or use a masonry drill and insert a plast rawl-plug. Hey presto fixed! 
Concrete reaches its full strength after 11 years -- any wooden post might not last so long.
Posted @ Sunday, July 03, 2011 5:03 AM by Ed Forth
Those are great suggestions for attaching wires to the posts!
Posted @ Tuesday, July 05, 2011 2:37 PM by Duncan Page
I really like the idea of concrete post fence permanence because of the amount of land purchased.
Posted @ Thursday, September 22, 2011 10:25 AM by Sharon
I have one of the old molds and some of the reinforcing rods. This mold belonged to my great grandfather. Iam thinking about selling them but have no idea what they are worth. Does anyone have any idea what the value would be?
Posted @ Saturday, March 03, 2012 4:27 PM by Jim wallenmeyer
I frabricator of concrete post for fence.
Posted @ Sunday, April 22, 2012 6:00 AM by Peter V Tal
a very interesting article.
Posted @ Saturday, February 23, 2013 12:57 PM by steve
The websitewww.monolithic.com has a fencing process where fences are actually sprayed into place. Being made of what they call shotcrete and forms you can just about make anything you want. Here are some pictures and explanations 
 
http://www.monolithic.com/stories/spray-in-place-concrete-fence/photos#6 
 
Posted @ Friday, July 05, 2013 11:07 PM by Wayne
I went over this web site and I believe you've a great deal of excellent information , saved to favorites. 
 
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Posted @ Thursday, November 07, 2013 12:12 AM by Eaglewestprecast
Thanks, a lot for blogging this, it was unbelieveably informative and helped me tons. 
 
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Posted @ Wednesday, March 26, 2014 5:17 AM by Affordable Concrete
Another thing that has come about since I last posted here is a product called basalt rebar. Instead of using steel or fiberglass, basalt rebar is made of exactly what it says hot extruded melted basalt rock. Installing that in the posts instead of steel, which will rot and crack the posts, the basalt does not crack or deteriorate. It is also stronger than steel so it will make for an even longer life.  
 
To make ties at each post always use a stainless steel product which can be loosened to  
re stretch the fence
Posted @ Wednesday, March 26, 2014 9:17 AM by Wayne
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