I bought a house that has a chain link fence only on one side of the back
yard.. I discovered that this is actually my neighbors "former" fence but
they built a wooden fence on their side of it.
Now, there are tons of large weeds that grow between their wooden fence and
the old chain link that can't be accessed. I would like to remove the chain
link fence and just use the back of their wooden fence as the common
With his permission, of course, what is the best way to remove those posts?
I can cut the chain link off, but the posts seem to be pretty solid. Should
they just be dug up, or cut at the base?
Don't dig, don't cut, use a post puller. This is just a
long rod with a fixture that hooks on the post and a support
that gives high leverage. You can of course just use pipe
and chain and a couple of short 10x10" timbers, but it is
more cumbersome. An alternative is one of those hi lift
jacks that many people buy for their pickup or farm
machinery. You just jack the post and cement out of the
ground. When you get the out, a few whacks will reduce the
cement to manageable size and then you do whatever you want
with the post (sell to the recycler?).
Don't forget to soak the ground before you pull the posts wiggle them as
much as possible metal posts are usually not in that deep. You may even
want to try one of those deep root waterers they have to get the ground
soaked deep at the bottom 2' is the usual depth form the ones that I have
If the posts are concreted in the ground, (I did that in my dog run to
prevent him from digging the posts down, you can cut the posts off as low as
possible, then put a little topsoil over the area and turn it into a planter
bed or seed it with grass.
Last summer I helped my neighbor remove chain link between our properties.
He cut the posts off a few inches below grade using an angle grinder with
cutting disk. Very easy and quick. A couple of old posts were in the way of
the new vinyl fence posts and had to be dug up. He dug around as much as
possible and soaked with water then pulled them up with chain attached to an
<< With his permission, of course, what is the best way to remove those posts?
Go to any farm store and buy a post puller and chain (if one doesn't come with
it. Something sturdy to put under the puller base would be helpful. Online
sources are Northern Tool and Harbor Freight for price references and you might
find one on eBay.
Rental tool places are also a possibility, but sometimes the time needed for
the project makes the tool rental a high proportion of the purchase price and
besides you could always sell it oneBay when you'e done with it.
Most pullers will even yank a concrete embedded post out of the ground. Be sure
to consider your disposal system if your garbage haulers have special
regulations. Good luck.
How are the posts installed? If their set in concrete and in very close
proximity to the new fence, removal would be difficult. Another factor is
the clearance between the cement base and the bottom of the fence. Your
neighbor may be able to provide details on the depth of the pour, etc if he
did the job himself (or watched the process).
The easiest solution would be to cut the posts as low as possible and bury
them. As others have suggested, an angle grinder or Sawz-All should make
short work of the posts without damaging the neighbor's new fence.
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