Frequently Asked Questions

REQUIREMENTS

DO I NEED A BUILDING PERMIT FOR MY FENCE PROJECT?

No you do not need a building permit to dig a hole. However, you should check with your local municipality for any fence height restrictions in your region. Some areas allow for a 6’ fence while others allow 7’. Remember – you MUST contact Ontario One Call to request  a free locate!

DO I NEED A BUILDING PERMIT FOR MY DECK PROJECT?

Please check with your local municipality or contractor for necessary requirements. The main questions would be the size of the deck, how its attached to your house and the finished height of the deck (i.e. railing and stair requirements). If the deck is 24” (or lower) above grade, usually a permit is not required. Again, please check with your local municipality for their requirements.

WHO WILL DETERMINE THE PROPERTY BOUNDARIES?

You, the homeowner, must provide all corner post locations. If you locate the site plan for the house it will provide the measurements for the boundaries relative to the house. We will determine all intermittent post locations.

WHAT IS A LOCATE?

A locate is the name given to the detection, marking and reporting of buried utility services such as natural gas pipelines, electrical services, telephone, cable TV and internet, or water and sewer connections.

It is the responsibility of the home owner to contact Ontario One Call to request this free service prior to any drilling. You can do this online or over the phone (toll-free @ 1-800-400-2255) – 24 hours a day! Depending on where you are located and what service you require, you may have to refer to your utility bill for the number of the locator in your area.Please remember that this MUST be done before you dig!

EQUIPMENT

WHAT DOES YOUR COMPANY USE TO DRILL THE FENCE POSTHOLE OR DECK FOOTINGS?

Original Posthole Diggers - Toro Dingo TX 525 wide trackWe use a Toro Dingo® TX 525 wide track to dig fence postholes and deck footings. The equipment is designed to be compact yet powerful.

WILL YOUR EQUIPMENT HARM MY LAWN OR DRIVEWAY?

As long as the grass isn’t saturated with water, there should be no damage to your lawn.

WHAT IS THE MINIMUM WIDTH NEEDED TO GET YOUR EQUIPMENT INTO MY BACKYARD?

We need a minimum of 42” wide in order to safely get our equipment through. If you don’t have that much space, we can look at alternatives like removing gates or posts and then reinstalling afterwards.

WHAT TYPE OF CEMENT DO YOU USE WHEN SETTING FENCE POSTHOLES AND DECK FOOTINGS?

For fence postholes and deck footings we only use Portland cement that we mix on site with ½” stone mix.

PROCEDURE

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO DRILL FENCE POSTHOLES OR DECK FOOTINGS?

For an average job of about 20 fence postholes or deck footings, we can be done in as little as 90 minutes.

DO YOU JUST DRILL FENCE POSTHOLES OR CAN YOU SET OUR POSTS OR DECK FOOTINGS IN CEMENT AS WELL?

We do what you require. If you want us to simply dig the postholes, WE CAN do that. If you wish for us to set the posts for the fence in cement or fill the Sonotube® for your deck footings with cement and set the saddles, WE CAN do that too!

WHAT SIZE ARE THE FENCE POSTHOLES AND HOW DEEP DO YOU DIG?

We have augers of varying sizes; from 6” to 24” and each one can dig fence postholes or deck footings up to 48” deep. (Larger footings can be done but we use different equipment)

DO YOU BUILD FENCES AND DECKS OR DO YOU JUST SET POSTS?

Original Posthole Diggers is not a full service company. We specialize in precision post hole setting for your fence and deck needs.

WILL YOU SUPPLY MATERIALS NEEDED FOR THE JOB?

Our price includes the cement required for the job. However, posts are priced separately and can be provided upon request.

HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO WAIT AFTER YOU PUT IN THE FENCE POSTS OR DECK FOOTINGS BEFORE I CAN START CONSTRUCTING MY PROJECT?

It is recommended to wait a minimum of 36-48 hours before beginning construction, to allow for the concrete to set and harden around your fence posts or deck footings. However, upon request a quick set cement can be used which will allow construction to start within two hours of us completing the fence postholes or deck footings. There will be an additional charge for this service as the cement is more expensive.

ORIGINAL POSTHOLE DIGGERS

WHAT AREAS DO YOU COVER?

We provide complete fence and deck building services in:

Ajax, Aurora, Bowmanville, Markham, Newcastle, Newmarket, Oshawa, Pickering, Port Perry, Richmond Hill, Scarborough, Stouffville, Thornhill, Toronto, Uxbridge, Whitby, and Woodbridge.

However, we have travelled as far as Niagara, Cobourg and Barrie. (Travel charges may apply in those instances)

ARE YOU INSURED?

We are fully licensed and insured through the WSIB and have private liability coverage for your protection and ours.

Send us a message!

Any Questions about Posthole Digging, Deck Building, Pre-Built Fence Posts, or DIY projects? Message us and we will help you out. Use the form below. We’ll get back to you within 24 hours!

info@theopd.ca

Brock Street N.

Whitby, Ontario L1R 3J7

Hours of Operation

Mon - Fri: 8am - 5pm
Sat & Sun: CLOSED

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