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I am looking to build about 60' of wooden fence, with 6x6 posts. I will hire a company to come and dig the holes, but I first wanted to find out the best way to fasten the posts.

I know that many fence posts go into the ground and concrete is then poured around them, but as I know from experience, replacing them is very difficult. Is it better nowadays to pour say, an 8" pier, and push a bracket into the wet concrete? And then bolt the post to the bracket?

Located in Ontario Canada, where I believe it is recommended to have at least 4' depth to prevent heaving.

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    In a high wind situation how well would you expect that bracket to hold? How long before the fasteners in the wood give way and the fence topples over? I think that having the posts 3-4 feet below the dirt, in concrete, will resist wind better than bracket could ever hope to achieve.
    – MonkeyZeus
    May 21, 2021 at 17:50
  • If you're going to surface-mount your fence post then you should be using metal posts. See perimtec.com/fence-mounted-to-concrete
    – MonkeyZeus
    May 21, 2021 at 17:51
  • 6x6 posts is this a really tall fence or in a high wind area? Bed the post in concrete for best results treat the posts or purchase pressure treated lumber.
    – Ed Beal
    May 22, 2021 at 0:51
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    6x6 fence posts seems excessive. May 22, 2021 at 2:04
  • if you have a trailer hitch you can hire a single operator post-hole digger for not much per hour.
    – Jasen
    May 22, 2021 at 8:27

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Depends on the wind force, a connector like these may be just you need.

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  • those beackets are for posts and columns that are braced or steadied at the top. wind gusts will shake the fence until the fasteners quit and the post comes out.
    – Jasen
    May 22, 2021 at 8:34

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