How to Install Z-Post

1. “Call Before You Dig” – Contact your local underground utility check service several days prior to beginning work.

2. Fence posts should be set approximately 6′ to 8′ apart, depending on the type of fence, terrain, purpose of fence, and height. We recommend setting the posts in a minimum of 8″ wide x 24″ deep post holes.

3. Take time to measure and position the posts accurately. The appearance and the structural strength of your fence depends a great deal on the positioning of the fence posts.
Note: Standard rails are 8′ long.  You want to make sure you set your posts at or slightly below 8′ centers.

4. Set the corner or end posts first, then stretch a line from each corner or end post to align all the posts in between.

5. Drive a stake, then use chalk or paint every 6′ to 8′ to mark the exact position were the posthole is to be dug.

6. Set Z-Posts with a minimum of 24″ buried in the ground.

Note: Posts will be anchored more firmly by making the post holes slightly larger at the bottom than the top. Also, place a large stone or two shovels full of gravel in the bottom of each hole for drainage.

7. Use a level to ensure the posts are exactly straight and upright. Once the posts are level and in position, fill the hole around the post with concrete, sloping slightly away from the post and rounding it off with a trowel. Tamp the concrete lightly to eliminate any air bubbles.

8. Once the concrete is set, a process that can take 24 to 48 hours or more depending on weather conditions, you can begin to frame the fence. The hole patterns in the Z-Post make framing easy! Simply screw the rails into the flanges of the post with 1 1/2″ galvanized or coated screws. The rails will sit flush with the flange design of the Z-Post, ensuring a straight fence line.
Note: The top of the posts can either be set to height or can easily be cut off with a sawzall or band saw.

9. The final step will be to install the fence boards, beginning by installing the boards at each end of the fence. Then string a line tightly at the top of each of these boards. Nail or screw the fence boards using the string as a reference.
Note: For a standard fence, the boards should extend approximately 8″ above the top rail, and the bottom rail should be approximately 10″ above the ground.

*Always check with local codes and regulations before building your fence. Contact your utility company to check for underground pipelines or cables prior to digging any holes*

Installation Video

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