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Old December 11, 2016   #8
Worth1
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Originally Posted by Cole_Robbie View Post
Are you far enough south that you don't have to put gravel in the hole underneath the post and concrete, for the sake of water freezing under it?

I was skeptical of the idea at first, but for my most recent posts in the garden, I haven't bothered even mixing the quikrete. I just dump the dry stuff in the hole and add water on top. It's the lazy man's way, but it works, at least in my damp clay soil.

It hasn't froze the ground here since the last ice age.
I cant even remember the top of the ground freezing.

As far as the dry dump of the concrete I didn't do that because it doesn't live up to it's reputation as a good pour.

What I did about 6 times was dump water mix and dump water mix again in the big hole.
This allowed for a nice mix all the way to the top and I had standing water when I was done.
That is all gone now and it is setting up.

I have 3 foot 6 inches out of the ground and 2 foot 6 inches in the ground with a 160 pound plug of concrete on the end of it.
This surpasses engendering standards for a cantilever.

If someone hits that post on purpose they are in for a rude awakening.

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