How to Remove Fence Posts

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Rotten posts threaten the foundation of your fence. If your posts are sunk in soil, getting them out won't be such a big deal. Concrete, on the other hand, is a different story.

Things You'll Need

  • Bricks
  • Concrete Blocks
  • Measuring Tapes
  • Shovels
  • Heavy Piece Of Lumber
  • Ropes
  • Common Nails
  • Hammers
  • Remove the dirt from around the post.

  • Measure up about a foot from ground level and drive a nail halfway into each face of the post.

  • Put a stack of bricks or concrete blocks at the edge of the area you dug out.

  • Lay a heavy piece of lumber across the bricks - this will act as a lever to pull the post up out of the ground.

  • Wrap a strong rope around the post under the nails (the nails will hold the rope in place).

  • Tie the ends of the rope to the lever. Press down on the other end of the lever. You, and maybe another person, might have to stand on it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Dig out more dirt if the post doesn't give. You might also try soaking the ground to loosen up the soil, but be aware of how messy this can get.
  • If the lever isn't working, you may have to dig all the way around the concrete and use a truck or an ox to pull the entire thing out. If that's not possible, use a pick to break up the concrete and remove chunks manually until you can lever the post out.
  • Be aware that a rotted post can come apart at any time. Be ready for the post to break out of the concrete.

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