I just finished putting up a composite fence that used 2 5/8" steel posts with a 4x4 composite sleeve that slipped over the steel post. I've left a 48" opening to put in my gate.
My question is can I use the existing tube/sleeve post to anchor my gate to or will it be too flimsy?
I dug the hole for this anchor post extra deep and wide and put in extra concrete in anticipation of supporting a gate. This made the steel post very sturdy and solid. My concern is the play and wobble between the post and the sleeve. Even with several self tappers securing the sleeve to the post it still wiggles.
If its not recommended to use this post then that leads to my next questions.
I assume the best thing to do will be to put a solid wood 4x4 right next to the composite one.
How do I chip away the existing concrete anchor to make room for the new, abutting post without weakening the anchor too much? I've tried using my pickax but I think the tip will break off far before I get enough concrete chipped away.
Are there any other options I could try to remove the concrete or even s completely different approach to the issue?
I've included some pictures of the fence, opening and exposed concrete to help.