I’m looking for ideas about fence post to concrete connections. Do you always have to bury the post in concrete?
I’m replacing four cedar fence posts for a customer and want to use some kind of steel connector between the post and concrete. It seems like all of the connectors in the Simpson catalog are NOT recommended for posts without a top load (they say don’t use any of their post base hardware for fences, in particular). The old posts came out of the holes pretty cleanly and I was able to dig about two feet down with my hand without removing the old concrete, which made the customer happy because she has an incredible backyard garden that, of course, is all along the fence and everywhere else (so the less disturbance the better). I’ve cleared enough space to place a metal connector of some sort in fresh concrete, but not enough to reset new posts and concrete. Also the customer likes the idea of recycling the old posts, which I could do with a connector because I could cut off the two feet that was buried in the ground and is now decaying and reuse the rest of the post.