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Dwillems 09-06-2011 11:14 PM

reuse old post holes?
 
Replacing my fence this weekend with same design/style. Can i just reuse the old post holes after i pull out the post/concrete or should i dig new ones if possible?

Done That 09-07-2011 06:32 AM

If they are in the correct locations, and of the proper size and contour after cleaning them out then by all means I would be re-using them if it was me.

user1007 09-07-2011 07:24 AM

Absolutely so long as you clean all the debris out. You don't want water traps with old concrete rotting your new posts?

josall 09-07-2011 08:31 AM

When I worked in the lumberyard we broke in the greenhorns by having them go to the back lot and re-stack the post holes "They are right next to the treated fence posts!!!" lots of fun.

Dwillems 09-07-2011 11:10 AM

Thanks. Figured i could but im trying to dot all my i's before i start this project so it goes as smooth as possible

Gary in WA 09-08-2011 10:28 PM

Maybe I'm demoing them wrong, the hole always ends up about 30% larger as you disturb the surrounding soil......post-hole digger cuts a clean hole in most soils. If you must use concrete, add gravel in the hole before post/concrete to drain the post.

Gary

Dwillems 09-08-2011 11:45 PM

Well we finished 7 posts today and have 6 left. Its working out good for us cuz the fence was 20 yrs old and the concrete crumbles so we break it up. Pull it out. And have perfect holes. Easier for us then digging new holes. There are tree roots everywhere!


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