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Old 09-14-2016, 10:10 PM   #1
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Noticed that one of the posts of our backyard gate was rotting out earlier this summer and have been meaning to reinforce it, since the gate will be replaced next summer, didn't get to it and on Sunday morning, it finally broke and popped the whole gate off of the post next to it (still solid). Picture attached.

I was able to dig out around it, but pressed between the house and other post, it's too close to stand over and lift the concrete out, not being blessed with prodigious upper body strength. Looking for some ideas on removal without much expense.

Was thinking that I might be able to drill a 8-10" eye bolt deep enough to catch some solid wood down in the center, then a chain or something to winch it up. Any ideas on what could double as a post puller?
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long bar...(do you havea digging bar)... couple of 2x4's.... and lever a couple of inches at a time
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long bar...(do you havea digging bar)... couple of 2x4's.... and lever a couple of inches at a time
Thanks, that's along the lines of what I was thinking. No digging bar here, I found a 3 foot piece of 1/2" black iron pipe, but doesn't seem long enough to get much leverage.
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If the post is set in concrete, you'll have a fair bit of weight to lift. Once you have loosened as much soil as you can and worked to post back-and-forth, I like you thought of a study eye-bolt but I'd lash it to a 2x4 or 4x4 with some short chain or stout rope then use a concrete block as a fulcrum. You can add more blocks as it comes up (jamb a shovel or something in the hole while you're resetting). If you try to winch it up you'll need something overhead to act as the winching point.
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your eye bolt. a bunch of blocking/bricks/whatever. a chain/cable/rope/whatever. a post of some strong enough kind, at least 2' long. and a floor jack. this will effortlessly lift it out.
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or, an engine hoist.
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or, an engine hoist.
And one or two healthy teenagers that you can supervise while they do it!
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Drop by the local high school Football practice, offer a couple of "big" boys some $, they will be there to do the grunt work.


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Thanks all, got it solved tonight, used the old post as a lever, tied a rope to the top of the post and around the concrete, and just yanked backward until it popped out. Hooray for simple machines, worked like a charm!
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And one or two healthy teenagers that you can supervise while they do it!
teenagers = engine hoist ? thats a joke, right ?

a few weeks ago i had a "healthy teenager" help me move a 200+ # machine in my garage. i did most of the lifting. i thought he was going to drop it. and i was on the heavy side.
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Been there, done that. I use the eye hook method and used another 8' 4x4 post as the lever. Worked well and got the job done.
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