Using a Power Auger

Use a power auger to dig postholes

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Hearing protection
  • Safety glasses
  • Spade

Pipe wrench, if the auger gets stuck. Some locations may require you to use a 6-in. digging bar, a drain tile shovel and/or a clamshell posthole digger.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Marking stakes
  • Scraps of plywood

You may also need a tarp, fuel and a steel pipe.