Post hole digging can be a challenge for even the most experienced handyman. There is much more to it than simply digging a few holes with a shovel. In fact, post hole digging includes various steps and requires many different tools. Unless you already own a clamshell digger, a digging bar, and a reciprocating saw, you might find yourself with a few extra expenses on your hands.
Although do-it-yourself (DIY) fencing is becoming increasingly popular, it requires a lot of hard work and knowledge. Today, there are many how-to guides and Youtube videos explaining the steps and process for proper post hole digging. If you read through any online forums discussing DIY post hole digging, you will see it is not as simple as many guides make it out to be.
Difficulties With DIY Post Hole Digging
The first issue many people run into begins before the first hole is even dug. Digging by hand is not the most efficient way to get a big job done. Many opt to make their own post hole diggers. Homemade diggers can be a feasible option for those with access to the proper materials and have the know-how. However, an improperly made post hole digger can fail and even lead to serious injuries.
Even digging without the use of heavy machinery can lead to injury. When proper techniques are not used, potential injuries include muscle strain or soreness, overexertion or fatigue, and even twisting your back or leg.
Post hole digging also requires lots of time. This is not a one day job. Time can widely vary and depends on the size of property, soil type, experience, and tools. Even a quick job can take countless hours and many days, leading to repetitive muscle straining and exhaustion.
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) explains the physical difficulties that come with digging and provides ergonomic digging techniques.
Post hole digging also requires precision. A hole dug in the wrong spot will need to be filled and re-dug. This can leave a lasting mark on your yard. A shallow hole will not be sturdy. Proper planning and precise marking will ensure little or no mistakes.
Another issue many do-it-yourselfers encounter is one they have no control over – the soil itself. On the forum Homeshopmachinest.com, a member called Black Forest responded to a question about digging in rocky soil. User Black Forest replied, “If you bore down in anywhere close to a tree or football size rocks or bigger you will stick the auger. Then you will have to dig it out by hand. No fun at all.”
Rocky soil, wet soil, and soil with too much clay all pose problems for digging proper holes.
It is also important to know your city or town’s bylaws regarding fencing. In Kitchener, there are bylaws that state where on the property a fence is allowed (within specific property lines) and how tall your fence can be. It is important to be aware of these bylaws before digging post holes, as you may accidentally dig them outside your property line and end up with a hefty fine.
If you do plan on going the DIY route for post hole digging, it is important that you do thorough research, buy the correct tools, and know how to use them.
However, another way to avoid these pitfalls is by hiring a fence installer. Hiring a reputable company to do the hard work for you is a safe and viable option.
A professional company will have all the proper tools, an understanding of weather and soil conditions, and the ability to work through any issue that may arise during the post hole digging process.
Jay Fencing has the experience and the know-how to get the job done right. With over 20 years of experience delivering quality service to our clients, we will make sure you don’t have to experience the difficulties and pitfalls of DIY post hole digging.
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