|The aisle in the distance.|
After that was done we started putting in the corner post brace assemblies. Due to the aisle, our pasture has 4 true corners (3 posts with 2 braces each) and 2 half-braces (2 posts and 1 brace each). All of these posts must be set in cement.
|Supplies for setting corner posts.|
I first marked where I wanted the corners to be (and measured each side so we wouldn't run out of fence!)
|Flag where the corner post will be set.|
|What a beautiful pasture!|
Then we started digging the holes with the auger on the PTO of the tractor. Of course we had the same luck as last year...breaking a shear bolt on the first post! Actually we broke 3 shear bolts in the first 4 posts, but (knock on wood!) haven't broken any since then!
|First broken shear bolt!|
|Pulling the auger out of the hole after the shear bolt broke.|
When we set the posts in concrete, we pour 40lbs of dry mix into the hole, followed by about 2-3 gallons of water. Then it gets mixed with a t-post and allowed to settle. The rest of the hole is filled in with dirt (and rocks).
|Concrete and water in the hole.|
|First finished corner post!|
We set the final corner post yesterday, and started on the wood line posts today. Every 4th post will be wood, the rest are metal t-posts. We have 5 of the 9 wood posts set, and hope the do the rest Saturday. In the meantime I'll be busy pounding t-posts!
|Drilling for the third line post (the one in the background is loose, not set!).|
|Drilling for the fourth line post.|