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Can I paint the concrete posts?
If you’re using Colorbond sheeting for your fence panels you can paint your post to match your colour choice.
Click to see Colorbond Fencing colours on this link.
What does “prestressed” mean?
The Concrete: We use 40MPA concrete, which is twice as hard as your normal house slab concrete. We use extra large amounts of cement and we vibrate the concrete when we place it into the moulds. This process is what prevents moisture entering the posts, causing it to break apart.
The reinforcing wire is NOT like the 10mm or 12mm mild steel used in residential house footings and other concrete fence posts which you may have seen explode when moisture has seeped into the posts, causing it to rust. This won’t happen with a prestressed post.
What tools do I need to handle a concrete fence post?
The concrete posts and garden boards will require proper manual handling techniques. You will need two people to lift and handle each posts. If you need to lift a bundle you will need a mechanical aid as they are heavy.
Product weights are as follows:
1800mm Garden Post – GP18 weighs 27.5kg each
2050mm Garden Post – GP20 weighs 31.6kg each
2400mm Garden Post – GP24 weighs 36kg each
3000mm Garden Post – GP30 weighs 27.5kg each
2400mm Garden Board – GB24 weighs 27.5kg each
You will only need to tools for digging and preparing your hole in the ground where the post will stand. Also if you;re compressing the ground around the post when its in the ground. If using a post driver to push in the posts, use a driving cap that will minimise the impact on the top of the post from the impact hammer.
All the holes are predrilled, so no drills are required.
Suitable PPE must be worn when handling posts.
PPE: Wear suitable protection for hands and feet.
PPE: Wear suitable protection for hands and feet.
Manual Handling: Use safe Manual Handling Techniques when handling, lifting and carrying the concrete posts.
Safe Work Australia (www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au) can provide guidance on manual handling.
1. We recommend you handle the posts as little as possible to prevent fatigue and injury.
2. As the posts are all over 20kg we recommend you complete a thorough risk assessment before attempting to manually handle the posts. Wherever possible, use a mechanical aid for the heavy lifting and moving the posts.
3. At least two people should be used when handling the concrete fence posts.
4. When placing the posts on the ground beside the prepared holes we recommend you DO NOT drop or throw the posts onto the ground, as this may cause a fracture through the concrete post.
PPE: Use suitable foot and hand protection whilst handling the concrete posts to avoid scratches and cuts from surface of the posts.
Can I cut the posts?
The tool operator should be competent and experienced, or engage a professional to cut them to length.
Suitable PPE and a thorough risk assessment must be completed and adhered to before cutting.
Be sure to use the correct safety protection gear whilst using the tools and handling the posts.
Protective equipment for eyes, ears and hands and feet.
Click here to watch this video of how to cut a prestressed concrete post. https://youtu.be/9gn8UVp7jTM
Can I push dirt up against the garden board?
Yes, the integrity of the prestressed concrete will not be affected by being exposed to moisture or acidity of the soil in a garden. The strength of the post will also hold in the pressure of heavy dirt and plants in a garden.
However, we recommend to avoid a high impact hit on the sides of the posts should be avoided, as it may cause damage to the post.
What spacing should I put the post at?
The 2400mm No Rot Garden Boards are designed specifically for use as a spacer between the posts. The garden board will provide protection and support for the fence palings or panels from contact with the ground, where moisture and termites abound. By using the “No Rot” Garden Boards between the posts and below the palings, will assist in giving a longer life to your fence.
What is a “Garden Board”?
The Garden Board can also be used as non-toxic and long lasting garden bed edging.
Do I need to cement the post into the ground?
However, the No Rot fence posts is already termite and rot proof, so no need to protect it with cement as well.
Concrete fence posts are suitable for fixing into the ground in the traditional way by digging a hole. Simply dig a hole approx. 600mm deep and fill in the hole firmly and compact the ground around the post. When placing concrete fence posts into the ground the posts should be buried a minimum of 600mm deep the recommended depth for a 1.80m or 6 foot high fence is 760mm or two foot six inches.
Concrete fence posts can be installed with either a mixture of ballast and cement or postfix. The amount required of either product depends on the size of the hole that is dug for the fence post.
The concrete fence post is strong enough to be used with a post driver hammer. It can be pounded in the ground. Refer to our product handling guide for more detail on this.