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 Post subject: Rotten fence post
PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 8:57 pm 
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One of my fence posts has become rotten at its base. I have removed the post but it has left about 6-8 inches of wet rotten wood in base. It is proving difficult to remove it. Has anyone any tricks up their sleeves to remove this?


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I do this often. If it's concreted in you'll need to break that up to help dig the rotten bit out. If not concreted then simply dig round it and it will come out eventually. I use post hole diggers, spades and a large wrecking bar to help loosen the area up.

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Often it is suction that is holding it in. I had a wooden post like that and I broke out one side of the concrete fill and still could not lift the stub out. I screwed a coach bolt in the side of the stub and used an hydraulic car jack to force it up and out. When it came clear there was a slurpy pop as the suction released. As K says breaking out the concrete is often the only way to go.

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What are you going to replace it with?


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I big drill bit (a cheap spade bit will do) and a corded drill is usually a fast and fairly low effort way to remove material, especially rotten wood as it will chew it up easily.



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I've keep a long drill bit of around 7/8" in the van for jobs such as this. It's understandably not my best drill bit as you're always going to catch the concrete at some point. Drill a load of holes and then split it up with an equally second best chisel , it does become increasingly easy as more is removed. I do find that it is an easier operation with 4" posts rather than 3" simply because you can get your hand in to pull out the rubbish. It doesn't always work though and in some cases or if you have no access to power I then dig out to the side and break away the concrete but try to leave as much as possible in place because this often helps with locating and holding the new post.



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I've removed them by screwing a 4ft piece of 4x2 scrap into the broken/rotten post and putting a couple of bricks under making a kinda see-saw and levering the post out.



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A 6x6 post.


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