By Jeff Beneke
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Drill into soil as though you’re drilling a deep hole in wood or metal: Advance into the hole a little, then withdraw the bit to clear the loose debris, then advance a little more. Also, do not try to clear big rocks with the auger; use a digging bar for that work. Finally, take regular breaks. Hiring out the digging. The last option for digging holes is my favorite. Hire someone with an auger accessory that they mount on a truck, tractor, or skid-steer loader, and let them dig the holes quickly while you sip lemonade.
Dig the holes about 12" below the frost line and shovel 6" of gravel in the hole. indd 53 12/19/14 9:56 AM 2" layer of gravel. Now pour a 4-inch layer of concrete into the hole. When the concrete cures, fill the hole with alternating layers of earth and gravel, as described on page 49 (Installing Earth-and-Gravel Footings). To better embed the post in the concrete, drive some large nails into each side of the post before pouring the concrete. Use hot-dipped galvanized or stainless-steel nails (16d or larger).
Empty the contents into a mortar tub or wheelbarrow, add a little water, and mix the ingredients with a hoe (a mortar hoe, which has two holes in its blade, is the best tool for this, but a standard garden hoe works just fine). Bagged concrete comes in 40- to 90-pound bags. One large bag yields about 2/3 cubic feet. Use only full bags to ensure the proper proportions, and mix the dry ingredients well before adding water as directed. Start with about 90 percent of the recommended amount of water, and then add small amounts as needed until you reach the right consistency (able to hold its own shape without water pooling on the surface).