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.
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.
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