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Hi guys, I'm new here so I'm not sure if I'm posting in the right place.

I am about to about to begin the ground work to start building a large deck in my garden.
My question is about the support posts, is there any difference between fence post and deck posts?
As far as I can tell there both mostly softwood and tanilised pressure treated.
I would be grateful if somebody could enlighten me.

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Yes you can use tanalised fenceposts. any cut ends will need treating though.

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Thanks.

I'm planning on using 3x3 posts, any idea how much postcrete I should allow per hole?
Trying to decide between postcrete and mixing my own with cement.


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one bag of postcrete per hole... I think Homebase have an offer on postcrete @ £3.50 a bag or summat....

Edit. http://www.homebase.co.uk/en/homebaseuk ... 0kg-747697

You can't mix your own for less....

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:withstupid: don't scrimp on postcrete,it's nice and cheap and one bag is the way to go.
If the post moves due to scrimping and using a half a bag then you'll wish you spent the extra few quid as it'll cost a lot more if things go wrong.



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Thanks for the input guys.
I was worried I was going to need 2-3 bags per hole, and I'm going to be doing around 70 of them.
So I guess I should try to keep the holes relatively narrow?
Would a 5 inch hole from a post auger suffice?


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Callum1100 wrote:
Thanks for the input guys.
I was worried I was going to need 2-3 bags per hole, and I'm going to be doing around 70 of them.
So I guess I should try to keep the holes relatively narrow?
Would a 5 inch hole from a post auger suffice?

Post augers are fine if the soil is relatively large stone free....but you can't tell until you start!
I use a trench spade,nice neat narrow holes which is what you want.
You can pick up a hand auger from screwfix cheap enough tho and give it a try.



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