Concrete fence posts

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Been reading on making them and even have an idea on how to use them with hi tensile wire. I've been cutting locust posts and there won't be enough for the whole farm. Posts at TSC are crappy and expensive. Anyone ever tried them, concrete that is? They used to be a big deal in the MidWest in the 30s-50s, or so I've read.
 

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How do you make them? I see concrete fences, but they are expensive. What would do, make a lot of fence post forms, lay in the rebar and call the concrete truck?
 

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I would think concrete would be considerably more than wood round posts.
Wood post last a LONG time....

For small sections the heavy duty t-post work very well.

Thousands and thousands of farms use both...
 

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Labor? How much is the labor to make them worth? ;)

Of course I am coming from the other perspective... already owning livestock... so many other things to do -that time is big $ to me.
 

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I see that point and labor is not figured into the math. But still, the crap the call posts at TSC and other places are horrid here. Dad knows I've been eying his 100+ acres of woods for locusts. That's the cheapest route, labor included.
 

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Thanks for sharing the link
Concrete posts would be about as good as you can get
I've seen places with concrete posts and high tensile wire
If you have the time and motivation to make them go for it
I can't wait to see the finished product
 

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I'm thinking of starting some this spring, they should be cured by mid summer. I'm toying with using pex water tubing in the forms then cutting it to leave in the post. For straight line electric, it should work. Built in insulator.
 

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I personally don't understand the 3-4 months to cure
They don't wait that long to build on concrete footings which are below grade
Or on. Concrete slab
 

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Pex water tubing...... wouldn't that deteriorate over time? Then you would have no way to attach your wire. What about inserting the ceramic insulators and they would last a loooong time.
 
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