Slighly off-topic for a wood working newsgruop . but, hey, there was a
previous thread on the same subject in this group...
.. and the previous postings were a real help to me. I bought a "high
jack" from NAPA Auto Parts (aka Farm jack) and followed the advice on
the postings with a minor exception. Many of the postings advised
using a chain. I found that if I used my circular saw to notch out a
hold on the post, I could jack the post out without the chain. In the
few tough cases, I did use a chain and put it into the notch for easy
gripping. Like seveal of the postings also advised, a 2x4 under the
jack prevents the jack from sinking down to bedrock....
Just though my "notching" idea might help somebody...or maybe I'm
arrogant .. or both....or neither...
Sun, Jun 27, 2004, 11:18pm (EDT+4) firstname.lastname@example.org (Bob) queries:
Would you still have notched the posts if you were planning on reusing
them ? Not critizing - legit question.
Hell, I probably wouldn't have bothered pulling the posts, unless I
was planning on reusing them as posts. I'd probably just run over them
with a truck, break 'em off at ground level. No prob.
That the peope have a right to bear arms for the defense of themselves
and the state.
- Pennsylvania Constitution of 1776
Pulling the post depends on what is to follow.
I had a neighbor try to pull some wood 4x4 posts which must have had 2
bags of concrete mix per hole. He wanted to replace the fence with a
brick retaining wall. Borrowed my pair of farm jacks - all it did was
break the posts off at ground level.
I recommended that he break them all off at ground level and rent an
electric jackhammer to break the base up if he really needed the
If the replacement fence can offset the posts from the originals, then
breakoff is the fastest. To replace just ONE post in the line may
require removing everything.
No such luck. The concrete was at the surface around each post, 16"
diameter. This fence was adjacent to an alley paved in concrete.
Probably used a concrete truck with a few yards left over to fill
these holes. Great for the first owner, but difficult to remove.
On Wed, 30 Jun 2004 07:55:33 -0500, Thomas Kendrick
......and in reply I say!:
hire a backhoe
Have a party
Charge for a go on the BH <G>
Seriously. I have had guys line up to use a jackhammer like crows at a
You just got to pick the right office workers, and the right brand of
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