Problem: Rotting fence post
Removing the post
Yank the fence post out of the ground after you've broken off enough concrete to lighten the load.Photo: Courtesy of We do everything by our own hands
If you have a rotting fence post that needs replacement, here's how to get the concrete pier out of the ground.
It's not complicated, but you'll definitely work up a sweat. First, dig a semicircular hole the same depth as the concrete, around one side of the pier. Make the hole large enough so you can get a good swing at the concrete with a sledgehammer. When about half the concrete is broken off, you and a helper should be able to lift the post out of the hole. Sometimes the post breaks off during lifting. In that case, tie a rope around the pier to lift it out.
Solution: Set the new fence post so it won’t rot
Figure A: Fence post footing
When setting a fence post, you should always pour concrete so it extends a few inches above the grass and taper the edges to drain water away from the wood post. Burying the concrete below the surface may look nicer, but it’s a surefire way to accelerate wood rot.Photo: Courtesy of We do everything by our own hands
Required Tools for this Project
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
- Safety glasses