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Old 09-14-2014, 04:36 PM  
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Removing old Chain Link Fence


We are putting up a pvc fence where this chain link fence is. What is the best way to remove this. I was going to cut the posts flush with the ground. Do I need to chop/dig up the concrete holding these posts if the new posts fall in a different location than the existing? Thanks.
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Old 09-14-2014, 06:07 PM  
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As long as they aren't in the way of the new ones, I would just cut them off as deep as I could and leave the rest.
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There always seems to be someone looking for good pre-owned chain link, ( cheap ) of course. Advertise it for free but they must also take the post and concrete. Require a deposit. Written agreement , no verbal. If it's done to your satisfaction they get the deposit back. A sign on the front lawn might do it.
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i would pull the posts out. but i'm funny that way. ask your family/friends. perhaps one of them can loan you an engine hoist. that will make short work of it.
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Built many a chain link fence.Best to take the posts out.With the new fence you might think your going along well and missing the old one and then after several hit one.
The posts on chain link are a uniform distance from each other but not always on the foot.We would measure the length and divide to get anything under 8' and go with that as the spacing.
You will probably want your corners posts the same anyhow.
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I would definitely pull the posts out rather than cutting them off. It's pretty easy to pull them out if the entire post is attached to the concrete. Much more difficult later on when the post is cut off.
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I also found it was much easier to pull the cement out with the post still attached.
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They usually come out easier than you might think.
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Remove the fence. Soak the area around the post with water. Grab the post and start rocking it back and forth in all directions. Then lift it out.

Use a sawzall to cut the concrete portion off. Load everything in the bed of a truck and haul it to the scrap yard. I did the exact thing and got $45 for my rusty old chain link fence.
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Skip the water, just rock back and forth. The water can cause suction and that'll make it a beast to get out.
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Wasn't a problem for me.
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Wasn't a problem for me.
How many have you removed in that manner? What was your soil? Black dirt, clay, sand...

It just makes for a messy demo and really isn't needed.
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