24 Replies to “The Fastest and Easiest Way to Remove a Fence Post (that works every time)”

  1. Drill hole near bottom and place carriage bolt through post. Hook chain to bolt and use jack.

    No digging necessary.

  2. Seriously!!! …..is this for idiots ? ….If you need. Instructions to remove a post , then you are as dumb as a post…. Or dumber than a box of of rocks.

  3. It's still too much work. You don't need to dig around the post at all. Just wind the chain around the base of post without digging, it's gonna work as well. This method would last at least 10-15 min with digging and high lifting. My method is maybe 1-2 min in total.

  4. Very informative science class. But, as for pulling a fence-post out easily, the guy who posted showing how to do it with a couple of 2×4's, a couple of bolts, and a farm jack…..that was much easier and didn't require one iota of digging. I pulled up 15 in my yard with that method in just one morning. But, everybody likes things a certain way, and for those who prefer this method, I consider that you've done a service by being helpful.

  5. Sorry HS, the wheel method is indeed the best method. I'm not sure why all the fear mongering but i can do about 6 posts to your one with and chain and a wheel

  6. Bought the farm jack at HF, the chain at Home Depot and also the bolt to drill thru the post if I had to use that method to pull the post out. Went out to do the job thinking I'll be out of there in no time flat! And make some easy $$. Bad news! Post was all rotted so couldn't drill a bolt through it to anchor the chain on and the concrete was buried deep along next to a utility cable line so I couldn't anchor the chain on it.

    So I had to hammer and chisel that darn concrete out gently around the cable line. Took hours! Anyway, glad I got it done but learned 3 things next time I bid a job like this:
    1) call the company that marks the freaking utility lines
    2) check to see if the post is rotten
    3) If rotten, then see if I'm able to dig around it to access the footing of the concrete
    I'm not hand chiseling any more concrete footings!

  7. It's a great video w some physics. I bought a lift jack. Didn't work. Central Texas bedrock too dense 6" down. Sledge hammer and chisel, grinder w/ masonry blade, steel chain and hi lift, shovel.. tons of patience & persistence 😥

  8. My son and I just completed removing two posts using a high jack as in the video. We discovered several things.
    1. The concrete around the post tends to crumble when the chain is tighten around it.
    2. In order to reduce the jack from leaning toward the post, it’s best to have the chain pulled directly above where it’s attached to either the post or concrete.
    3. It’s best to remove at least a foot of dirt from around the concrete.
    4. It’s best to attach the chain to the post, even if you have to remove some concrete from around the post
    5. Because the high jack doesn’t have a large base, it’s best if it can be attached on a larger base to better stabilize it.

  9. Just found this and LOVE that last method. I've got lots of these to dig up and replace. Definitely going to use this method. Thank you!

  10. Thank you for sharing. I have subscribed to Handyman Startup. Please allow me to share the following…Archimedes Quote. "Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world."

  11. Well. Bought all the stuff, tried jacking the posts out, but they were too old and rotted. They literally snapped off at the base, leaving the concrete in the dirt. Oh well, maybe next time the posts won't be so old.

  12. Requires "minimal digging" but also requires you have the super duper industrial jack youve got there, and the digging bar — and unless you have a truck, chances are you dont have the chain either. Becomes really expensive for a task that will take no less than 24 hours.

    A shovel and a few more hours and effort would be better in the long run for 90% of people. I own two cars. My jack is 2 feet long, designed only for the two tiny cars I have. I have a hoe, a shovel, a steel rake, a dirt weasel, an electric edging tool, a 2 foot hatchet, and the basic other tools like a hammer, hand chipper, mallets… Id much rather use all those tools than spend 100 bucks buying other stuff (the digging bar itself is 30+$)

  13. This is how I was trained.
    I’ve since moved on.
    Now I use two jacks on both sides.
    Use a hose to blast the water into the dirt (straight down) around the concrete to soften the soil. It acts like WD-40 for the concrete. Push the hose as deep as possible into the dirt. Let it soak more than a minute like that each time.
    You can use one jack but it tends to snap posts. Two jacks (chains) can wrap the base of the wood post without having to wrap the concrete. Save yourself the digging.
    If post snaps then dig around the now soft dirt around the concrete.
    Use one jack for concrete as it’s hard to get two chains on them.

    Alternatively if replacing a fenceline only pull the corner posts. The inline posts just cut them off and leave the concrete.
    Don’t forget to call 811 first.

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