Return to the Remodeling Forum | Post a Follow-Up

How to remove concrete fence posts?

Posted by axella (My Page) on
Sun, Jun 1, 08 at 15:05


We've just pulled down a wood paling fence, but the concrete posts remain because I cannot dig them out. They were also set in concrete when the fence was erected years ago.

If we try to partially dig, then push them over, we run the risk of the post snapping off. Pulling them out with a vehicle is not an option, as we can't get one back there, and again, we could end up snapping the post off.

I've heard that some people use a particular type of jack to get posts out - but what kind? And how?


Follow-Up Postings:

RE: How to remove concrete fence posts?

Lift them out.
An old style car bumper jack and some chain to grab the post with often works.
If they are large or very heavy a bobcat and some chain can usually pull them out, especially if you soak the ground around them thoroughly.

If the concrete is smooth you may need to place some eye bolts to get something to grab.

RE: How to remove concrete fence posts?

I've eased this task by soaking the ground around the concrete first. 5 gallons or so allowed to soak in for an hour or two does the trick.

RE: How to remove concrete fence posts?

If you can't get a vehicle back there, and I assume this also means a bobcat, how are you going to move them once you have them out? You're talking about a lot of weight and bulk to try to move.

If you're able to break the posts off, can the concrete base be left in the ground and covered?

I think the only 'jack' that may work is a jack hammer for total removal or at least partial removal of the base, if you can't get a tractor or bobcat to the area.

RE: How to remove concrete fence posts?

Thanks for the replies!

We can get a bobcat down there, but not a car because the yard narrows from the pool back. I wanted to clarify that we couldn't pull the things out with a car or truck.

When using a car jack, what do you do, get a heavy person to stand on it?

I'd actually thought of renting something like an engine hoist.

RE: How to remove concrete fence posts?

We've soaked one, and it's now a lot looser. And we've bought a 6' crowbar to try to pry it out tomorrow.

Thanks again for the suggestions.

RE: How to remove concrete fence posts?

A floor jack is not going to work very well, you need an old style bumper jack, the kind with about a 4 foot post.

The jack has enough mechanical advantage (it is designed to lift a car).
Each stroke of the jack only raises the load about 1/4 inch or so.

You do need to spread out the load from the jack, especially if you have softened the earth with water.
A couple pieces of 2x10 about 4-5 feet long usually works well.

RE: How to remove concrete fence posts?

I use brickeyee's method above to pull a lot of wood posts that are set in concrete. The jack is known as a "high lift jack" or "farm jack"; Just a heavy duty, overgrown bumper jack.

RE: How to remove concrete fence posts?

Soaking works!

RE: How to remove concrete fence posts?

Soaking works here as well!!! Thanks for sharing!!

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Remodeling Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here