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
- Concrete Blocks
- Measuring Tapes
- Heavy Piece Of Lumber
- Common Nails
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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