Remove Old Fence Posts Set in Concrete
If you have an old fence that’s falling apart, one of the biggest hurdles to replacing it can be to remove old fence posts set in concrete. Removing these posts can seem like a daunting task, but it’s a necessary step if you want to install a new fence. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the process of removing old fence posts set in concrete, so you can get your new fence installed in no time. Whether you’re a seasoned DIYer or a first-timer, we’ve got you covered with all the tips and tricks you need to know to make this task a breeze. So let’s get started!
Dig the Post Out
Removing old fence posts set in concrete can be a challenging and laborious task, particularly in areas with rocky or clay-rich soil like Texas. The traditional method of digging out the earth around the concrete base using a shovel or spade can be time-consuming and physically demanding. However, there are ways to simplify this process. One effective technique is to excavate the dirt around one side of the fence post, making it easier to tip the post into the hole and lift it out
Use a Jack to Remove the Post
While digging the earth around the concrete base is a common method for post removal, it can be labor-intensive, particularly in Oklahoma’s rocky, clay-rich soil. However, there is a more efficient way of getting the job done – using a jack to pull the post directly out of the ground. Although it requires investing in more tools and materials, it can save you lots of time and effort.
To use this method, you need a tall bumper or farm jack with a long lever to provide sufficient leverage. After selecting the right jack, you can connect it to the fence post in several ways such as using a 2×4 or 4×4, chain or tow strap, or ratchet straps. Once the jack is securely connected or positioned, operate it the same way you would lift a car or other heavy object. By doing so, the jack should loosen the concrete base of the post enough to either pull it out directly or position a pry bar underneath it to finish the job. To make the task easier, you can soften the ground by soaking it with water before attempting to remove the posts or position the jack on top of another 2×4 to distribute the load evenly over the ground.
Use Heavy Machinery
The easiest way to remove old fence posts set in concrete is with machinery like a digger or loader, not every homeowner has access to these tools. While this method is quick and easy, it can be expensive to rent and may cause damage to your yard. Additionally, it may not always be possible to use machinery in certain areas due to space constraints or obstacles. If you do decide to rent machinery, it’s important to use it gently and avoid pulling the posts with excessive force to prevent damaging the post footings, which can cause issues when installing new fence posts. In this blog post, we’ll explore other methods that can be used to remove fence posts, including some that can be done by hand.
Remove Broken Fence Posts
Removing fence posts that are broken off close to ground level can be a daunting task. While the methods described in our previous post can work, they might not always be effective. If you plan to lift the concrete base of the post out of the ground with a jack or machinery, you will need to securely attach a strap or chain to the concrete first. There are different ways to do this, such as drilling holes in the concrete and installing concrete lag bolts or wrapping metal wire around the base of the concrete. Another option is to dig out one side of the footing and tipping it into the hole before wrapping a strap or chain around it to lift it out. However, if the wood fence posts are rotten at the base, it may not be possible to lift the concrete out by attaching bolts to the broken post. In such cases, you may need to lift the concrete out directly or dig the post footings out.
In conclusion, removing old fence posts set in concrete can be a challenging and time-consuming task, but it is certainly achievable with the right tools and techniques. Whether you choose to dig the post out by hand, use a jack, or rent machinery, it’s important to take safety precautions and be patient. Don’t forget that it’s also crucial to properly dispose of the old posts and concrete to avoid any potential hazards. By following the tips and methods outlined in this post, you can successfully remove old fence posts and prepare for installing new ones to keep your property secure and looking great.