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Old 03-19-2011, 07:10 AM   #1
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I need to replace the 4' fence in pic below with a 6' fence for privacy and to keep the dogs in. The posts average 8' apart. I am swf, 49 yo, with 2 grown sons and want to try to take this project on myself.
I found 8' panels at Lowes, the part I am concerned about are the posts- 1) do I rent a post digger and pull out the existing posts, then re-cement the new 6' posts exactly in the same place?
2) is there any way I can use the current posts to support an 6' fence and avoid the whole digging out of the posts, maybe somehow extend the current posts height-wise ? Just an idea, trying to save work.

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Old 03-19-2011, 07:29 AM   #2
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I doubt that the old posts are deep enough to support a 6 foot tall fence.

Changing the spacing (abandon the old posts) is a good idea---removing the old posts some times fails

making adding a new post in the old location darn near impossible.

You could rent a machine ,However if your soil isn't to rocky---Buy a post hole digger,let the boys dig by hand. It's not that big of a job.
How many holes?

Always call your utility locator--it's free---take pictures before you dig----If you cut a utility you pay
unless the lines have been marked--then they pay.

Some times a rock will make a hole impossible to dig---when that happens make the opening between posts smaller and shorten the fence section to fit.-----Mike----

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Hi Mike that is excellent info and answered my question thank you!
That's what I needed to know-

I will have the boys dig the old ones out, if they can, or rent digger....(what about just cutting them down to ground level?)
I will get the new right posts, and space them 6' apart or as close to 6' as I can to change the location from where the current posts are, and buy 6' long panels, current ones are 8' apart. If I run into a rock or problem- I can cut the fence panel. I was really hoping there was a way I could just slap the new panels on the old short posts and make this a quick project but I also don't want the fence falling over.

Thanks for the tip on calling utility co- I'll call electric, water, and gas.
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Just to add, make sure your that 1/3 of the length of your post are in the ground. That means a 3’ deep hole. Buy 10’ post, set them then string the tops and cut to your desired length. Also throw a shovel or two of gravel in the bottom of the hole, set you post on that then pour. The gravel will allow for drainage and help to prevent rot.
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The utilities all use a service---here it's called 'Julie'---one call takes care of every thing.

The old posts can usually be removed,concrete and all. Rock the posts to enlarge the hole--

Nail or screw a block of 2x4 near the bottom of the old post---Use one of your new posts as a lever

Put a cinder block or steel milk crate near as a fulcrum and pop the loose post out of the ground.

Best to do this when the soil is wet.

A good two handled 'clam shell' post hole digger will make a hole in about 10 minutes----

Might be the way to go if you don't have a lot of holes to dig.
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The utilities all use a service---here it's called 'Julie'---one call takes care of every thing.

The old posts can usually be removed,concrete and all. Rock the posts to enlarge the hole--

Nail or screw a block of 2x4 near the bottom of the old post---Use one of your new posts as a lever

Put a cinder block or steel milk crate near as a fulcrum and pop the loose post out of the ground.

Best to do this when the soil is wet.

A good two handled 'clam shell' post hole digger will make a hole in about 10 minutes----

Might be the way to go if you don't have a lot of holes to dig.
all good advice, never thought of removing posts like that. And yes, digging a post hole isn't that big of a deal


One thing to remember that hasn't been mentioned and is often overlooked. Throw some pea gravel in the bottom of your hole before pouring concrete around the post
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SWF, 49, and I'm not over there putting in the fence yet? Hmmm.

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