Rod and rust-free! You made a wise choice building your new fence around this sturdy Lifetime Steel Post. Today, we'll show you exactly how easy Lifetime Steel Posts and fencing are to install. First off, let's talk safety. Always call 8 1 1 before you dig. Sketch out your fence line with post-placement no more than 92 inches apart on center and evenly spaced. The posts can be oriented with the unique flange top rail plates facing inside or out. Stake out the locations of the corner line and gate posts after properly measuring and marking. Then, re-install the upper rail plate to the main post like this. The Lifetime Steel Post requires just a 10 inch diameter hole. A 24 inch depth is recommended, but be sure to follow local code. For your post-install sequence think corner posts first, then gate posts, then line posts. Starting with the first corner post set the Lifetime Steel Post in the corner hole, making sure there's roughly 72 inches above ground.
You can check that by measuring from the ground to the post top rail flange. Set the corner post in wet concrete and level, move to the opposite corner and repeat the previous step. Once the concrete has set up some, run a string between the two corner posts, use a line level to check that. Say your gate and line posts just like you did the corner post backfill with concrete, raising the posts to meet the guide string for proper even leveling of all fence posts. Your top rails can be done one of two ways. The most efficient method is to span one or two line posts with a longer continuous top rail that sits at top the top rail flange. Just measure from the outside edge of your corner post to the center of your determined line post. If your top rail ends at a gate post, remember to measure to the outside edge of that gate post. If you don't have longer boards for the top rail, just measure from the corner posts outside edge to the center of the next line post. Cut a wood or composite board to your chosen top rail measurement and attach that board through the pre-drilled holes and the Lifetime Steel Post.
Remember to use steel to wood screws set through the back of the post. Next, install the center and bottom rails with 30 inch spacing. Once you've got all the rails in place, install the fence pickets vertically. For questions or customer service, call Jewett Cameron at (800) 955-2879 and our team will be happy to help!