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happimo

04:57AM | 06/04/01
Member Since: 06/03/01
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How do I set a wood post in concrete. What tools do I need. How do I estimate how much concrete I need to mix?

For example: I want to set an 8 foot, 6"x6" post which will have a basketball backboard mounted to it.

Jay J

05:28PM | 06/04/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi happimo,

Well, the minimum depth is frost line, plus 6". After that, lay in some filter fabric, then about 4" of gravel, then pack it down with the 'post' (or something), then set your post in the hole while bracing it to be plum.

After that, buy 3 bags of Quickcrete, read the directions, and use 1 bag at a time. I'd make the hole about 16" in diameter, and start filling. After it's filled, make another check that the post is plum, and finish the job per the Instructions.

I'd probably make the hole about 4' deep especially if the kids (or you) end up 'hanging' on the rim!

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: Buy a 4th bag just in case you need it ...

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