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Old 04-06-2016, 05:35 AM   #1
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In the middle of installing pvc fence and once of the posts land right behind this big tree stump. Location is okay but we're hitting a lot of big roots from tree. We really dont want to grind the stump as we like it. Anyway to chop up these roots within diameter of post hole were digging? Would auger do it? Thanks

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Old 04-06-2016, 06:13 AM   #2
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I always have a Sawsall handy when digging post holes, it is the best tool I have found for getting roots out of a hole.

I also own a pike pole---heavy 6 foot long tool with a chisel point on the end--we have a lot of rocks in our area.
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In the middle of installing pvc fence and once of the posts land right behind this big tree stump. Location is okay but we're hitting a lot of big roots from tree. We really dont want to grind the stump as we like it. Anyway to chop up these roots within diameter of post hole were digging? Would auger do it? Thanks

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A auger is not going to chop up roots. More likely it will deflect the auger and drill your hole off center. Small roots, (1" or smaller) might break or pull out. Anything larger use what Mike suggested.
A bar like this with a sharp end will cut the roots down in the bottom of a hole.

www.homedepot.com/p/Ludellc-70-in-17-lb-Tamper-Head-Digging-Bar-50010/204326727

or

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Bully-Too...-205348003-_-N
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Eventually that stump is going to become Motel 6 for carpenter ants and Denny's for termites. Don't ask me how I know . Get rid of ot
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Yup, yup, and yup to what the guy's said. The auger isn't going to do it, in fact I can see where it could get you hurt if you persisted with it, but a reciprocating saw and bar with a chisel point work well. I've left a few stumps over the years to set flower pots on, and they're attractive for a while, but you do need to keep an eye on them because they do need to go sooner or later.
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