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04-01-2020 11:06 AM  60 days ago
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sjgusmc21

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Removing 4x4 fence posts in concrete
In about another month, I am going to have to replace my side fences. On one side, I have 15 posts. They are 4x4x8 (I am guessing) in concrete. I also have a bad back, that comes and goes. But I refuse to pay anyone for something I can do. Putting the fence up, I am not concerned with. Pulling the posts has me somewhat concerned. I have looked at numerous ways to do so. I live in the hill country, North of San Antonio TX, and the freak'n dirt here is about 6 inches of it, then rock. So cutting the posts off level and digging new holes is a no-go. I have almost settled on using a tall jack (High Lift Farm Jack 48"-3 Ton) to pull them up and place them in a wheel barrel to haul around to the front of my house. Anyone else have any suggestions or comments on how you did it? Thanks.
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04-01-2020 01:22 PM  60 days ago
PilotPin

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Sounds like a lot of work. Some type of tractor with a lift would make it an easy job if you could get one.

One thing if the post are getting bad you will want to pull straight up or there could be a chance of breaking the post. Then you will have more problems.
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04-01-2020 01:24 PM  60 days ago
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You're replacing your fence - are the posts in fair condition? Are they in good enough condition you can actually pull them out or are they somewhat rotten?

I won't be long until I have to do the same job however in my case the ground is reasonably soft but my post are not in good shape. I'm afraid any force I put on the posts will break them before they pull out.
"Well, nothing bad can happen now."
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04-01-2020 04:50 PM  60 days ago
sjgusmc21

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Thanks guys. The posts are in good enough shape that I am not concerned with them snapping. They are warped and splitting. I am going to go galvanized pipe. That is why I am doing it myself as this way I can afford to buy the longer lasting stuff. Can't get a tractor in there......
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04-01-2020 05:11 PM  60 days ago
wjvail

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Full disclosure - I haven't tried these yet. Like I said I'm going to have to do the same job pretty soon so I've been looking around. I think you (we) are going to have to either rent a BobCat or get creative.

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04-01-2020 05:16 PM  60 days ago
sjgusmc21

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Thus far I am leaning towards this:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HVLZS1...lv_ov_lig_dp_it
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04-02-2020 01:41 AM  60 days ago
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I've always had a loader to pull posts, guess I'm spoiled so to say. The hi lift jack will work with no trouble. Take a tow chain and wrap it around the post a couple of times, it will bite into the post when you start jack it. Watched the car jack video, ug to much work and time involved. I used to pull fence posts with my atv winch but that would not work with them planted in cement.Damn that ground is hard! When's the right time to get out of this money sucking hobby?
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04-02-2020 02:11 AM  60 days ago
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Assuming you can drive a vehicle in the area fabricate an 6' tall "A" frame and about a 30 - 40' chain. Back something with a trailer hitch up about 20' away. Wrap the chain around the base of the post and route the chain over the "A" frame and connect to the hitch. Position the A Frame on about a 45* angle leaning toward the post almost touching it. Drive off, and the post will come up first then be drug out by the vehicle. Up do not want to damage too much of the hole so they can be reused.

I now see where driving is a problem so replace the chain with a come along and use the post 3 down for an anchor, it will pull the first right out. Most of the time it does not take much vertical lift for them to come out. In the Houston they lift them selves out due to the heaving of the ground. Most holes are tapered and the posts push themselves up through the seasons.
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04-02-2020 11:28 AM  59 days ago
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Thank you all for your suggestions. The best way for me is the means by which I use my back the least. I wish I could get my pickup back there, but that's not going to happen. I am going with the jack I posted, but I might use the suggested way of using a 3rd post and a come along to get it out. As usual, a variety of methods. Once I start, I will post some pics of my escapades, as I am sure they will provide some laughs.... Please all, be safe out there.
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04-02-2020 03:04 PM  59 days ago
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Another way is to use a jack hammer if you can get one with a longish blade to loosen the dirt around the post then remove the loose dirt or lift the posts using the best method that is easy on your back.
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04-02-2020 04:29 PM  59 days ago
sjgusmc21

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Thanks Helicop. I am going to water them heavily a day or two prior to do this, so don't think I would need a jackhammer. But, I might have to...will have to wait and see.....
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04-27-2020 03:03 PM  34 days ago
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Quick update. I did use the jack I posted and worked like a dream! With the wife and kids help, took about 4 hours to pull them all up, bust concrete, cut old fence up and get ready for the dump. Highly recommend this method.

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04-27-2020 03:50 PM  34 days ago
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Congrats on a job well done. Knew it would work. Those it's amazing what those jacks will do.Damn that ground is hard! When's the right time to get out of this money sucking hobby?
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05-18-2020 11:30 AM  13 days ago
sjgusmc21

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Except for staining, this side is done. Will start on the other side at the end of the month (rest and $$$$). Was not bad, except for the D@MN concrete..OMG I do not like concrete. The side fence is my neighbors. He is a 74 year old retired school teacher and a friend, so he is splitting the cost of materials with me. Big help.

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