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   Vol. 7, Issue 2
   April 2012
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Excerpt from American Agriculturist, Volume 23, 1864

Concrete Setting for Fence Posts

Concrete setting for fence posts There is constant inquiry for some means of setting fence posts so that they will not heave by frost. The following is suggested as offering at an expense of a few cents per post, an effective way. A hole is dug about as large as a flour barrel, but wider at the bottom than at the top, on two sides at least. The post is set upon a stone laid in the bottom and the hole is filled up rapidly with concrete made of good hydraulic cement, mixed with half as much sand or gravel as would be used in making builders' mortar; and during the filling, as many clean stones, large and small, are thrown in as can be buried in the mortar. Posts thus set will be firm as rocks, and will not decay below ground,

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