Fastening wooden posts - different methods

Wooden posts can be attached in many different ways. Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages. Which type you should prefer also depends on the purpose of the wooden post. In addition, the wooden post must be protected from moisture from the ground at the same time. We will show you the individual types of attachment here.

Drive in or screw in

The common ground sockets are either knocked in or screwed in. The cheapest option is certainly the drive-in sleeves for posts. In many areas, these sleeves are also the best choice. But in very light, sandy soils, these impact sleeves will soon begin to wobble.

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Screw-in sleeves are the better choice for these bases. Due to the turned thread, the sleeves sit a little more firmly in a loose soil. In a very solid ground you will often not be able to screw in the screwed-in sleeves far enough. When hammering in the simple ground sockets, be careful not to hit the metal itself. You need a short post that you can reuse as a wood for all ground sockets.

Concreting gives hold

For a carport or a patio roof, for example, a drive-in or screw-in sleeve for the posts is often not sufficient. You will then need a sleeve or a concrete anchor that is firmly attached to a concrete foundation. For light buildings or stable fences, a point foundation in which you embed a ground anchor is often sufficient.

Concrete foundation available

There is now a large selection of joist hangers and screw sleeves that can be screwed onto an existing concrete foundation. These give the post a lot of support and at the same time protect it from the moisture in the ground.

Protection from moisture

Whichever type of attachment you choose, you should always make sure that there is about an inch of space under the post in the bracket. Most post brackets already have a pin there, which prevents the post from sliding down at the factory.

Tips & Tricks In the past, posts for fences, for example, were generally driven directly into the ground. But since there are many practical fastenings today that better protect the wood from moisture, this method is rarely used. For a high-quality fence, you should therefore discard this variant.