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FOAM VS CONCRETE - Fence Post Setting







All right so we're ready Millie Millie. You were definitely in the wrong spot. Oh okay, let's put the dog welcome back to hunting view Akers today's video we're going to set posts with some really fast, setting foam closed-cell foam provided by the sicka company, not sponsored. I went to Home Depot and bought it, but it's a great product. I think it'll be really good. We'Ve actually used it on this post over here. I'Ve got another bag of it and we're gon na set this post over here. So you can kind of see if you've never used it before you can kind of see how it works. I I would say that I'm undecided, whether I like it better than concrete - although I think that's more in my mind, but I think ultimately is going to be a better thing. So today we're going to be working on the garden space. Now we've been in this house for just about three years, not in fact three years this weekend and we wanted to do a garden. We wanted to do a garden, but we just never have gotten to it and the reason. Why is because this garden space is something we want to do right, the first time now we have deer in the property on occasion and we free-range our chickens, and so it's really important for us that we have a good fence all the way around the garden And I didn't want to do a cheap thing. I wanted to go and do it right, and so it is gon na we're spending a little bit of money on the on the fence, but we're just starting that process. Now it is going to be a six-foot fence, we're going to do the small rectangle welded wire all the way around I've seen that done. I like the way that it looks it'll be able to match the chicken coop. So today, we're gon na dig a couple posts and we're going to set it with the Sitka brand closed cell foam stuff that you can get from Home Depot as an alternative to concrete and we'll talk a little bit more about that as it sets. But for now, let's start digging. Alright, so we've got the post hole dug we've got the post in the hole. We'Ve got a little bit of gravel at the bottom for drainage, and then I found that it's good to put just a little bit of dirt about maybe an inch inch and a half down on the post. Just to make sure that you can level the post with this closed cell foam stuff, I know it's, they say you have about 10 seconds to level it up. For me, I'm not smart enough to figure out it in ten seconds so yeah. I know you can do the brace things and whatever, whenever I've done, the brace I've always been off just a little bit by the time everything sets. So with this, as long as it's not really windy, we can go ahead and set the post just enough to get ready to use this stuff, which is called Sitka Pro select fence post mix. I just got at a home depot. Here'S the deal with this stuff. So it is it's serious stuff, and so once you once you get it mixed, you've got like 15 seconds to mix it up. You got to cut it and you got to pour it. You got to be ready for it, so we were just about ready to do it and the dog was kind of running around and put the dog away, because if something messes you up or if your phone rings or something it just get distracted the stuffs not Going to wait on you, it's gon na go so make sure that you're totally ready you've got your knife ready. Maybe you've got somebody helping you count down the 15 seconds and that your post is completely level before you start, because if you do it before your, if you try to level it after I'm just telling you you're gon na end up having to read igg the Whole thing and cut the foam off and that's not good, so what we're going to do is we're gon na go ahead and mix this I've got my partner in crime here, filming I'm gon na mix it up we're gon na count it down, and I'm gon Na go ahead and pour it in here and then we're going to basically just kind of watch. It expand and they say it takes about. I think about three minutes for it to fully expand and to get going, and so we're gon na go ahead and do that so Elijah you're ready alright. So let's go ahead and you can kind of see that we're gon na cut it right here when we're done after the 15 seconds. But what we got to do is we got to mix this side of the compound into this side, and so, once you mix it, you kind of put it all the way around and and away you go. So you ready. Alright, here we go, I haven't broke it yeah, so okay went ahead and mixed okay, so I'm gon na go ahead and kind of mix this around five: six: seven, eight, nine ten, eleven twelve thirteen fourteen fifteen. Alright. So now we got a pour we're gon na want to get it just as even as possible and try not to get it too much on the wood. Now the compound does get a little hot inside the bag. It'S not a big deal, though I just read some people. Okay, you can already see it starting to expand, see how it's starting to grow. Maybe you can see that in the video, maybe you can't. I just want you to stand up, let's kind of see it from the top see what it does don't step on that bag. Okay, so we're gon na probably speed this up in the video, so you can see it expand, but this is what it looks like. What do you think about cool stuff? All right? That is a little nerve-wracking all right here we go so it's been probably about 45 seconds, maybe 50 seconds, maybe a minute. It'S already filled up, I would say at least probably halfway and it just kind of keeps growing now. One thing that will happen is by the time this thing gets done. Expanding it will actually go probably above the hole, depending on how big and deep we've dug the hole so which isn't a big deal, it's kind of ugly once it first gets there. But what I found is I just grabbed. This little saw that I had, which is a super cheapo saw, and then I just sawed right through it once it was totally cured. So I waited a couple hours. I think they say about two or three hours: that's hundred percent cure and just kind of cut it to make it look like that. One, I'm sure you can, whether you can see that or not, but basically you can't even tell that it was there. So it just kind of keeps expanding. Now this whole must have been a little bit bigger because it doesn't look like it's going to quite reach to the top yeah sure. That'S just gon na go, keep growing here and it doesn't look like it well, which is fine, because once we cover it up and we'll put some dirt over the tops, you want to be able to tell that's what it is, but it'll be good. At that point, so while this is curing kind of long story short, the stuff, I think is pretty good. I think most of the limitations is in my mind because my brain tells me: oh that's not going to be as good as concrete, and so matter of fact I was over at my dad's house yesterday and my dad was is: was a lineman and would set Power poles for a living - and I was telling him about this stuff - and he says oh yeah, that's what we use to set powerful's and I thought really for as much wind and weight and things that those power poles have to hold. He said this stuff is good stuff. Now he didn't, they didn't use this exact brand, the SiC of RAM, but it was essentially the same kind of a compound idea. So that's kind of sold me a little bit we're gon na, give it another try and for some of these weight load bearing poles or posts for the garden. I think it'll be great. Of course, time will tell right - and maybe we'll do, a follow-up video. But at this point it certainly is a heck of a lot quicker than a concrete, and I know quick, isn't always good. But when you're really wanting to get stuff done, especially if you're a weekend warrior, it's good to have them set and a couple hours are ready to go like I said we don't necessarily need to hang anything on this yet because we're not at that point, but You can kind of see Elijah if you want to take a look at that. It'S grown almost to the ground level now, and so I would guess it's probably not going to grow much more than that anyways, we'll just kind of let it let it go, and hopefully not hopefully, because that one is pretty solid, but this one will actually have A gate hung on it, so this one's gon na have quite a bit of weight. So again time will tell, but at this point thumbs up double thumbs up for sicka post mix. To get this you can say you can just get it at Home Depot. It'S about eleven dollars. They say that it will replace two 50-pound bags, concrete, the quikrete stuff man, that's a heck of a lot faster and really you're only saving, maybe a couple bucks to go the concrete to do something that was this easy gosh. You might as well give it a try so again, 11 bucks over with the concrete at Home Depot, probably Lowe's and any other place is gon na, have it as well. So if that will probably do a follow up video, but this is post mix, SiC brand. Double thumbs up we'll see you on the next video [ Music, ], [, Music, ]

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