Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Install A Wrought Iron Post

Install a Wrought Iron Post

While the expense of wrought iron has made it a less common choice than it was in past decades, this type of material can add an air of sophistication to your outdoor space. Because they are quite heavy, wrought iron posts can be challenging to install. However, they will last for decades once the job is completed. Does this Spark an idea?


1. Determine the location for your wrought iron post. These posts are intended to be permanent structures, and cannot be easily moved once they have been installed.

2. Measure the diameter of your wrought iron post. You will need at least 2 to 3 inches of concrete surrounding the post to provide it with support and stability.

3. Dig a hole that is 4 to 6 inches in diameter larger than the diameter of your post. The hole should be 2 to 3 feet deep. The larger the post, the deeper the hole should be. Make sure that the sides of the hole are straight.

4. Fill the bottom of the hole with 2 inches of pea gravel. Use the tamper to pack down the gravel. Pour 1 inch of sand over the pea gravel and pack it down.

5. Mix enough concrete to fill the hole around the post. Place the post in the hole and use a carpenter's level to ensure that it is perfectly vertical. Brace the post with sections of 2 x 4 lumber running diagonally from the ground to the post. Drill a hole through the end of each section of lumber and run heavy rope through the hole. Wrap the rope around the pole to keep the braces from falling.

6. Use a shovel to pour concrete in the hole around the post. Fill in concrete to the top of the hole and pack it down with a tamper. Use a trowel to smooth the concrete. Allow the concrete to cure for at least 48 hours before removing the lumber supports.

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