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post #21 of 50 Old 09-27-2013, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
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post #22 of 50 Old 09-27-2013, 04:57 PM
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2-3 feet should be ok if set into concrete. I know corner posts for fences should be 3 feet (any fence post should be...but that's another discussion). Save your money on the spikes, sink the posts themselves into concrete and if you are in a place that gets a lot of snow/rain - maybe use that money to put gutters across the front of the run in so that there isn't a mud pit. That's what I'm going to do before the snow hits this year because the rain just trashed the areas in front of mine.
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2-3 feet should be ok if set into concrete. I know corner posts for fences should be 3 feet (any fence post should be...but that's another discussion). Save your money on the spikes, sink the posts themselves into concrete and if you are in a place that gets a lot of snow/rain - maybe use that money to put gutters across the front of the run in so that there isn't a mud pit. That's what I'm going to do before the snow hits this year because the rain just trashed the areas in front of mine.
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Here are my questions:

How long is the spike into the ground?
How far up the post does it go?
What is the spike designed for?

If the spike is going 3' down and 1' up the post with a few places for lag screws it would probably work fine since it isn't a huge shelter


Personally I would just go on skids then the issue is solved, it can be moved if needed, ect...
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Does it have to go down farther than the frost line? Here it is around 6 feet. It would be impossible to find posts that long.
How much frost heave you get depends a lot on the type of soil you have. If you have soil that drains well, you'll have less heave, and for a horse shelter, I wouldn't worry about a the potential for a couple inches of lift. If you have clay soil where the water sits and freezes, you'll have a bigger problem and using the spikes would certainly reduce the heave.

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Our soil drains pretty well. When we get rain, there may be some puddles but they are usually gone by the next day. We have black farming soil with a little clay.
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My dad decided to set the spikes about 3 ft into concrete. The part going up the post is about 4-6 in(I think). I think we might be able to put some screws in. The barn my horse was in before is just built ON a concrete slab with big screws holding the building on. And THAT is a BIG structure.
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If you have time before sinking those posts...consider tarring the part you are sinking and about 6"-8" above ground... it will give them more time before rot or insects intrude. Even with the concrete... it is porous and can stay damp although a solid strong material...
Not all posts are PT the same with the same density of the wood treated...found that out the hard way.

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I have just one problem, The run in entrance is about 8 ft from the fence, Facing it. Would that be a problem? I may get another horse in the future...
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I have just one problem, The run in entrance is about 8 ft from the fence, Facing it. Would that be a problem? I may get another horse in the future...
It would be best to give moe room. 8 feet is not much for horses to move around/fuss. We have about 30 feet from the shelter to our pen and ring.
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