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Cedar Fence Post Help

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Cricket, Mar 7, 2005.

  1. Cricket

    Cricket 3/4 ton status

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    Anyone have a whiz bang idea for removing old cedar fence posts set in 2 ft concrete plugs?

    Got one out today by digging around it and sledging. When it got too deep for the sledge I pounded a steel bar down through the rest of the old wood and concrete then pulled out the pieces. That is a time consuming PITA. Only other idea I have would be to use the big jack - nail a 2x4 piece to the post and try to jack it out.

    If you know an easier way besides explosives...........:1zhelp:
     
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    Depending on how many need removing it may be worth your while to pay for a backhoe to stop by for a couple of hours.

    What kind of ground are you in?
     
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    Use a strap and a high lift jack. that's how I got out an old satellite dish in 4FT of concrete
     
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    the utter lazy mans way (my favorite), cut the posts off, cover the concrete plugs in dirt, and 4get aboutt it.
     
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    I'm assumin you can't get a vehicle nearby to yank them out?
     
  6. Cricket

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    First 6" are soft dirt mix, next 18" plus are hard clay mix. Not rock hard but hard enough to slow digging up.

    Backhoe is out of the question, I'm in a residential neighborhood with houses in back and both sides. As it is I am just removing a few face boards at the post, prying the cross supports away, crawling through to the neighbors' yard and digging from there - the post side. I've got to minimize the damage I do. I kept the hole diameter within 10-12 inches of the post itself because I don't want to trench someone else's yard, or garden. It's a catch-22.

    The high-jack and strap Big Pappa B mentioned may work, thanks I'll try it tomorrow. ADDY: the posts are rotted away at ground level so it may or may not work.

    Worst case I could trench my side of the fence post and then pull it towards my yard.
     
  7. Cricket

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    Yep, I'm in a bad spot. No way to get a vehicle close.
     
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    Strap it on, maybe a nail it the post to keep the strap from sliding up. Also put a block on wood under the jack to keep it from pulling down into the dirt
     
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    Strap it on, maybe a nail in the post to keep the strap from sliding up. Also put a block on wood under the jack to keep it from pulling down into the dirt
     
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    how bout an engine hoist and a strap?Just dig down enough to get the strap around the concrete and hook er up to the hoist.
     
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    I vote for Black Powder and short fuses!!!:D
     
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    3 on the tree: good idea if I only had a hoist handy I think that would work.

    Dontoe: Short fuse eh, like 5 ft on a 5ft per sec burn rate.:D
     
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    New Tack

    This morning I dug a 2 ft pit on my side of the fence, that's the depth of the plug on average. Then I used a crowbar to pry the slug over toward my side which gave me room to pop it with a sledge. 3 hours from start to finish including post replacement and new concrete. Went faster that way.

    If you have the patience to chip through the hard clay......
     
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