Got a bunch of old corral to rebuild...use the old set and tamp method, sacrete, or another method.... steel would be nice but I am afraid it would be cost prohibitive...
I have built plenty of fence in my life...just looking for any ideas and knowledge....
Dry climate... average 9 in of precipitation a year...
Build the new fence with cutting lasers spaced about 3/4 of an inch apart. If a cow happens to wander through the fence now, it is 3/4 inch steaks ready to BBQ.
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Seriously I would drive steel into the ground. The round hole, Sacrete and wood post method is fine but in Illinois wood rots. Where you are with that low of moisture wood will be there until Jesus comes back. So, wood is most likely good but a lot of work.
I say steel and drive them in.
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Here in NE wood rots like crazy. I live in a pretty moist area and i also happen to have a lot of wooden fence posts in my yard. All of mine are pressure treated, they are also coated on the below grade part with foundation tar and also set in concrete. A lot of those posts are 20+ years old and still good.
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Are we talking barbed wire or a stockade fence? If it's wire then locust post are the way to go as they won't rot. Get a powered post hole digger or even better on on the P.T.O. of a tractor and a fencing you will go.
Check with the metal scrap yards. I just made a call to one here in NJ, lots of fencing gets turned in for scrap this time of year (homeowners putting in new fence) they sell bundles of used steel fence post used by the metric ton. It's galvanized! I'm not sure that it's strong enough for cattle though..?
I did a fence about 25 years ago, and others more recent. I dug the holes added some 3/4 rock in the bottom <> 1-2 inches for drain. Then I got the posts and 4 in PVC pipe.. Cut the PVC about 18 inches long, long enough to protrude out of the hole about 1 inch... Used a belt sander to shape the end of the post into the 4 in PVC... Put the post and PVC in the ground and then the sackcrete..... The fence is still there! If the post gets a bit wobbly you just drive a tapered shim down along the side of the post. The nice thing about this is on one project I needed to be able to open the fence up to get into the back yard with my truck if needed... So I made the fence sections so they fit and 2 8ft sections was removable with the removal of 16 or so deck screws, lift the sections out and remove the center post.... If the post was to rot it would be easy to dig it out using a long wood drill or sawalll with a long blade to cut the broke of section of post.
Kinda like this but I used round PVC then shaped the post to fit.
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