The fence post I thought was broken off near the bottom, under ground,
turns out to be broken off just above ground level.
The post still in the ground seems to have turned into dirt.
What do you all think about using my wet-dry vac to vacuum out the moist
dirt. Will I ruin the vac? Will I ruin the foam cover inside?
When I buy a new post, what do you think about my getting one 1/2" less
in diameter? Easier to put back in the hole?.
The post is about 4 1/2 " in diameter, but interestingly, the middle 3/4
to 1 inch is still made of wood. Below ground level (to a depth not yet
known) it's not dirt yet, and in the piece of the post that was standing
above ground level, it's different from its surroundings too.
I forgot that I had one. The previous owner used it to plant rose
bushes and he left it behind. But because of the still wooden center
core of the old post, it stayed open 2 inches and wouldn't pull up much
dirt. I could probably think of a way to cut off the core a few inches
down, but deeper down it seems much harder.
I am not sure that I can completely picture what you have there now. But,
could you just dig out a hole down on one side of the buried post, then
maybe do the water trick to remove more dirt around the old post, then tip
the old post into the hole and pull it out from there?
Or, do the same as above, including the water part, then tie a tow rope
around the "stump" (old post), and pull it out with a vehicle. That's how I
recently removed some pretty large arborvitae tree and bush stumps -- muddy,
but definitely fun.
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