Call your local utility companies before you began digging your fence post holes. The utility companies flag underground cables and lines so you avoid hitting them while digging.
Dig a shallow pilot hole with a shovel. The hole should be approximately six inches deep to place the auger in before you start it.
Place the auger in the pilot hole for your fence post. Start the auger engine as instructed by the manufacturer.
Turn the throttle up on the auger slowly. The auger will spin and dig into the dirt. Turn the throttle up for more power, if necessary, to continue digging the fence post hole.
Dig to the desired depth or to the depth your auger will reach. Lift the auger from the ground and turn it off. If the auger gets stuck, reverse the throttle as directed by the manufacturer to remove it from the hole. Always turn the auger off between each fence post hole.
Repeat this process for each fence post hole.
Things You Will Need
- 8-inch handheld gas auger
- When you rent the auger, make sure the rental company provides you with the proper mix for fuel.