How to install, repair, remove, replace a fence post the easy way

Here's how to fix , repair and replace broken fence posts and poles easily as long as things are thought ahead and you used the fence post socket system before using concrete and cement

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Author MasterCacophony ( ago)
What an excellent solution to a perennial problem! For any domestic fencing
this is an excellent innovation!

Author Tiger Audio, Inc. ( ago)
What the heck is a boot of a car?

Author DIY Creators ( ago)
Easy wood fence installation

Author Don Hier ( ago)
Bob, what's your thought on this process to set a post?

Author equirke ( ago)
I love your music it sounds like the Russian anthem.

Author Tom M ( ago)
Seems like a lot of work to prevent future work YEARS down the line. Hate
to say it, but pulling the post YEARS in the future does not seem any more
work than doing all this YEARS ahead of time for what YOU MIGHT have to
do? Or maybe years down the line pulling the original posts is someone's
else problem? Pulling post isn't that hard and MANY ways of doing it.
Just not sure why I would want to do all this work now to solve an issue I
MIGHT have in the future?

Author Troy Emmett ( ago)
Wow! That is pretty much all I have to say...Wow! I said it again. Crown
the concrete or use a inexpensive Post Collar to keep the soil from coming
into contact with the wood. Easy Peezy! I do agree with the beginning....

Author chris og ( ago)
these bags just hold water i have dug plenty of these out the ground

Author OilBaron100 ( ago)
Can someone please tell me the name of both of these musical scores?

Would really love to download each tune.


Author juan carlos Camarena ( ago)
Dont know the word next to

Author simhopp ( ago)
for 4x4 posts that were set in concrete that need to be replaced,
the reason for that is usually severe rot.
if you cut off the part above the ground, you will be left with 4x4
embedded in concrete.
you can use large and long wood boring bits. 1 inch wide and 16 inch long
bits are readily available.

remaining 6 inch is obviously problematic, but it is possible to reused the
concrete foundation.

Author Kevin Challinor ( ago)
This is what's known as, designing a solution to a problem that doesn't
exist. It is also obvious, that that post will not be fully secure when
held in by loose sand. Waste of time and money.

Author Alex Aken ( ago)
I use this to remove posts its a great
product that I would recommend to any one in this line of work

Author smugBBQ ( ago)
That looks a lot of work

Author easyfencing ( ago)
comments that cannot replied to will be deleted

Author roland fosdike ( ago)
Proud to be British !!!!!! ;)

Author D Fence ( ago)
Great video. Another addition to your fence post replacement is to install
a D-Fence post protector that comes in two sizes to fit a 4x4 or 6x6 wood
post. This will significantly prolong and protect the life of your fence
post. Check it out You can't find a cheaper insurance for
your fence

Author Harry Klair ( ago)
Well I'll be a monkey's uncle!
That is Brilliant!

Author GoodLife ( ago)
I am a professional fence installer and NO NO NO NO

Author Cynthia Emmett ( ago)
The Post Collar- the only way. You dont need a metal
anchor or shrink wrapped posts.. Fast easy and inexpensive to install. Can
be installed to existing fences.

Author uni000ver000sal ( ago)
I normally get a Mexican do this for me.!

Author tabcobra ( ago)
Or, just use galvanized steel posts and forget about it. Wood posts are

Author John Magnus ( ago)
Check out

Author OpinionatedMonk ( ago)
Totally appropriate music. 

Author yopagedotcom ( ago)
I can't believe I sat through this...

Author James Metting ( ago)
Does pow'r lift have 12 volt hoist? For 1300' lbs

Author rickster348 (1154 years ago)
just pack high explosives around the old posts and light the fuse., - Be
sure no kids or pets are around.

Author Saint Boudreau ( ago)
just bury a 6 inch 18 inch long pc pvc put in 4x 4 and reuse easy 

Author interstice ( ago)
Or just properly mix your concrete outside the hole and form a concrete
dome that brings the concrete level slightly above grade.. This prevents
water/mud from sitting at the base of the post. Treat your lumber as

Author Javier Rendon ( ago)
Where can buy the plastic bag for pole of 4"X4"?
Great video. Thanks

Author Chris jW ( ago)
Too little; too late - for an existing problem.

Author B Kalley ( ago)
Much simpler to use a sleeve, which is easier to set in the concrete, then
drop the post in. Once it rots, slip it out and drop a new one in.

Author H. Gluth ( ago)
I never use cement. I live in Canada and I use pressure treated 6x6 inch
posts and put them down about four feet into the ground...well below the
frost line so they do not move with the freeze and thaw. This ensures the
fence remains vertical. I pack the base of the hole below the post with
sand or gravel to allow water a place to drain, and the rest is packed with
clay above the grade of the lawn to ensure drainage. ( I live on an
ancient lake bed). This fence should last at least 15 years before any
post repair is needed.....if not more. If you are puttting a fence in
sandy or gravely ground which do not need cement and the
water will run away so that your posts will stay dry and last a long time.
When you put a post in acts like a bowl and traps your water
and helps to speed up the the decay of the post, once water can seep in and
It is a real pain in the arse once you have to repair such fences. A
normal jack-all used to jack up 1/2 ton trucks is all you need to get the
non cemented posts out of the ground......wrap a chain around the post and
bolt the chain ends good. Another option would be to
somehow get your posts above ground by making a cement or stone base....but
the base would have to be stable....could end up with a real nice fence

Author skeletorsminion ( ago)
Not sure if this is a dumb question but when you go to replace the old pole
with the new, how do you get a tight grip around the new pole? Obviously
the first pole will have the pressure of the concrete weighing in on it and
it will be snug but if you put the new pole in and then pack sand around it
wont it move?

Author ( ago)
Use a farm jack and a chain, or cut them below grade and move the holes
over a foot. Done.

Author thidarat phosuwan ( ago)
Check out this video on YouTube:

Author Mark Wheatley ( ago)
Great video many thanks for sharing

Author Justin Bardwell ( ago)
If the post has sand around it, the post can move. The whole point of
concrete is to anchor the post into the ground, it should be difficult to
remove. There are plenty of products which to coat posts with so they do
not rot to begin with for many years. Fences usually don't last more then
10 years because people are lazy and do not take proper care of the wood
IMO. Where I live, a hurricane would move these around no problem. 

Author 74nickk ( ago)
yeeeeeeeea thanx

Author Dan Lockeed ( ago)
I've been around the fence industry for about 32 years, member of the AFA
and must admit, we always rack our skulls trying to come up with ways of
getting them stumps out,
Good vid my fence friend!

Author Marnie K ( ago)
I can't imagine the sand staying dry for years.

Author wiseranjuan ( ago)
treated wood and the concrete always more high then the dirt will give u
longer life to your fence and for the treated wood always use galvanize

Author TFSFireman ( ago)
Hi fencing. I have seen your video before, and this is a very cool method
In reply to the comments you made on my video, it was a cardboard Sonotube
I used. The installation method I used followed the manufacturer's
instructions exactly.

Author QuantumRift ( ago)
Two words: Expanding foam.

Author mark wheatley ( ago)
Great Video many thanks for sharing
Fence Protector

Author QU3STION5 ( ago)
I have 3 sets of post foundations in the ground along my fence line (3
generations worth) I think I've allowed enough for one more set after the
strong winds have eventually blown this standing fence over. Big concrete
post foundations as well. I won't be living here then though. I feel sorry
for the poor sod who'll have to deal with it one day in the future. lol.
Unless he's got a machine and getting paid for it that is.

Author mfhmonkey ( ago)
Rain will be absorbed by the post and work its way down into the plastic
bag. Now I am willing to bet the post will rot faster.

Author Henri McCarthy ( ago)
Or use a concrete post that never rots 

Author Kelly Kincaid ( ago)
Wow sure does look easy by following your video! This design ROCKS!!!!

Author ⓟⓛⓐⓢⓜⓐ ᕈᒪᗩᔕᙢᗩ John Doe ( ago)
posioness chemicals

Author Ricky Singh ( ago)
Nice system and idea! Just wanted to share a tip for those who are trying
to install posts, instead of using concrete I used this Fast 2K
Demonstration Video. Was a lot faster and easier, this would work well with
the product in this video. Hope this helps.

Author easyfencing ( ago)
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Author Stuart Petty ( ago)
Really smart idea, Im guessing you're english ?

Author Craig Ostlund ( ago)
I like people who think; who challenge convention and the status quo. I
like innovation. I like where you are going with this. As a landscape
contractor I built super fences, the big money kind and the kind that
stayed around and never sagged or fell apart. We did more than 99% of
others because we didn't want to do that kind of work. So, a for my few
comments, I beg your indulgence, with respect.

1. If you go back to your post after a long period of wet weather you will
likely find that despite your excellent efforts the post is wet. Nobody
really seals wood because by its nature it is meant to have capillary
action to convey water up and down while it is living. A proper setting of
any post will leave the bottom of the post resting on a gravel bed to bring
it to proper height and may even have an inch or two of gravel up the
sides. I don't find that necessary but some do. But the open bottom and
around 4" of 3/4" gravel will provide a drain and serve as a conduit to
allow moisture to evaporate. If its capped in concrete at the bottom it
will fill with water to the height of a fracture or porous section. There
it will harbor micro-organisms and have a party. If the concrete manages
not to crack or leak, unusual but it happens, especially if the hole digger
dug a very large hole filling around the post with 2-4" of mix at the
corners, then you have a veritable tub of water, ...till it freezes. And
the upper part of the post which has been soaking in water will freeze
too. This causes expansion of the water as it turn to ice, ripping the
wood fibers apart, a little at a time. So I suggest just let it and bottom.

2. You could use a garden hose on high, pushing it down the side in the
sand and it will cause liquefaction, resulting in a very fluid sandy-water
solution which is easily moved about like quick-sand that gives things
back! In most cases you can lift the post out in a few seconds.

Hope I made sense. I'll give your idea a go. One more thought just hit
me. If the soil shifted and a post needed minor correction, and if your
system was in place, pushing a few pieces of 1/2" tubing down the sides and
turning on the water just might float the sand enough (it literally becomes
liquid) to set it straight.
Or it could be a mean practical joke taking it the other direction!!

Author Todd Paroline ( ago)
A+ on marketing. F- product knowledge. Before using this product I would
suggest you talk to a local fence company that can inform you about all the
flaws in this application. There are way too many to list. Do appreciate
the music.

Author horseshoe182 ( ago)
so you play the music as you put the fence post in, is that right.
but seriously,i think concreting posts is impractical for people on
acreage. well i have a small acreage property with post and rail, and i'm
sick of digging out concreted posts that were put in by the previous
owner.. i put in my posts without concert. and you just ram the earth
around the post as you fill it in. the posts don't move. saves time and
money. if you can get some real clever termites to eat the old broken post
and then smash in a new post in the old concrete hole ,might be good.

Author 2pacnasgame ( ago)
I need a 100 bags asap

Author mikey8strokes ( ago)
very good

Author mike ferguson ( ago)
I would need this music as well, to finish this project properly...

Author Bob Broc ( ago)
There is a product called ROTBLOC made from recycled rubber, that can be
custom cut on the job site or retro-fitted to any size wood post,
protecting it from organic fungi, insects and moisture. You can buy it off
of the website. They have a facebook page as well with install photos.

Author elnigma ( ago)
I want dramatic music for putting fence in

Author SukaFreeCity ( ago)
I'm replacing my rotted fence post and this is one smart idea!

Author easyfencing . ( ago)
by the way .. I am still waiting for the countrer videos of those who
claimed they can replace a broken concreted in post in 5 minutes as they
boldly said.

Author easyfencing . ( ago)
sarabande by Handel watch?v=JSAd3NpDi6Q

Author mccarty7video ( ago)
What is the piece of music in the beginning of the video? Thanks

Author brian mcguire ( ago)
to funny ok i call bs 20yrs fencing crete n forget about it, you wont be
the one to replace the post

Author easyfencing . ( ago)
none of course. it is just dust but you'd better use an wet and dry vacuum
cleaner which so far I haven't had to use anyway.

Author Ned Morlef ( ago)
how many vacs would you go through to do 8 posts?

Author robz40 ( ago)
google instructables robz40 How to repair a leaking gutter union joint (and
poly tunnel and follow the same principle ;-)

Author McPrfctday ( ago)
I'm putting 4 posts in on sunday and one of the holes retains about 1 foot
of water for a long time. I'm going to try wrapping it in a plastic bag.
Thanks! The bottom 2 foot of the old post had completely gone into thin air
(or water). I know people used to paint them with bitumen but that was
before properly treated wood was available.

Author Joe pechie ( ago)
drilling out broken fence post

Author Joe pechie ( ago)
one of the toughest jobs there is. i use a 17lb post hole bolster and
trying to smash down through 2ft of endgrain encased in postcrete and hard
packed loam is damned hard.

Author ranting 95 ( ago)
I guess if you buy pre built panels.

Author shanan stodolka ( ago)
because wood fences have panels and post has to sit in same hole to
reattach the panels

Author shanan stodolka ( ago)
wow that didn't look to easy I should know im a fencer and that's very time
consuming and besides if I told my secrets I would be out of a job

Author ranting 95 ( ago)
This has probably already been said but why not just cut the old post off
at or below ground level, move over a foot or two, and dig a new hole. The
old concrete will be in line with and under the new fence out of the way.

Author bleh ( ago)
My God. This video is utterly horrible. The music is choir music from
church. The video editing is horrendous. Cutting back and forth from what
looks to be .ppt slides and still pictures. The moving video footage that
actually is present looks like it was filmed 3 decades ago. There are
misspellings. Very unprofessional. You should fix it.

Author easyfencing . ( ago)
I tried that myself a few times. easy if the post is well rotten, much
harder and time consuming if the wood is still sound

Author rodonisle ( ago)
Just fix what's broken. Leave the old cret in place, chip out the post
stump with long drill, bar and shop vac. then put in new post, cut slightly
smaller, and set with some LP one part.

Author easyfencing . ( ago)
Thank you for the suggestion but your objection has been answered in the
previous posts.

Author Wally ( ago)
Why not just buy treated post and put them in concrete, slopping the
concrete away from the bottom of the post for drainage. I've done many like
this and has lasted for 25 plus years. Your method looks like a lot of work
for not much gain.

Author Ed Macfarlane ( ago)
just put it in properly dig a hole with a shovholer post inna few rocks
with a tamping bar make sure its tight and then pack the hole in with the
earth removed from the shovholer !

Author italiansurprise ( ago)
Does anyone have any clue how to level a vinyl fence? I live where there is
an association and they've demanded that I level the short fence. Only one
(~6x6in) post is not level but there is about 16 in diameter concrete under
ground. I tried digging up the dirt, watering and smashing with a sledge
hammer, which did not work. I could also lift the adjacent end post. Any
tips help.

Author easyfencing . ( ago)
previous post dated 2 years ago "like I said it depends on the custom of
the country and what people are used to. It is not good nor bad, just the
way it is and improvements are there to be considered. Another advantage
of the post socket system is that it can also work for metal or concrete
posts as you can temporarily remove the post should you need to do so e.g.
make room for large machinery (it can happen) . In that case any post would
be in the way. "

Author ijustwanttoseetitty ( ago)
The easiest way to do this would be by altering step # 1 slightly, do away
with the wooden post and use a concrete one for a start you cheap skate!

Author easyfencing . ( ago)
Please do so, I am eager to see the video. Wooden post STUMP (underline
stump) concreted into the ground 2ft deep

Author eightballproaudio ( ago)
If I I can make a video where we pull the old post out in 3 minutes will
you subscribe to my channel? I am serious no bullshit post REAL post 2 feet
in the ground with cement I can bet we can get out the stump in 3 minutes
or less. Use 99 cents worth of concrete and a METAL post we can have the
whole deal done in about 5 or 6 minutes. we do on average 100 post a week.

Author Don theford ( ago)
it will last the same concrete or foam it going to hold moister

Author easyfencing . ( ago)
this one buddy? mS-2TiwQogY ? :-) good fun, let them try at home. :-)

Author eightballproaudio ( ago)
please anyone see my video on how to build a fence or how to remove posts
it is alot easier than everyone thinks this video is shocking to me I pull
posts out every day! no trucks no pulleys just a shovel and a new METAL post

Author easyfencing . ( ago)
in which planet?

Author Heavyboxes ( ago)
It's highly illegal to use sand...let alone vacuum it.

Author easyfencing . ( ago)
Yes, you have to. But I don't use ballast or postcrete, instead I use sharp
sand and cement.

Author thomas hurley ( ago)
so do you still put concrete around it ?

Author easyfencing . ( ago)
the oldest is 4 years old and it is still up, I saw the guy a few weeks

Author thomas hurley ( ago)
Hi im interested in using this method my only worry is what is it like long
term? whats the condition of the oldest one youve done in?

Author easyfencing . ( ago)
by the way, a private message from someone Jan 31, 2013. 7:43 PMReply I'm
sold how do I get the bags in the United States? In my case I'm installing
a cross fence in a place that would be great RV parking. Since I don't know
for sure I will get the RV I don't want the hassles of building a gate.
This allows a great fence solution and quick ability to put in gate later

Author easyfencing . ( ago)
#4 as stated a vacuum cleaner or heavy duty tools.. it's a choice. no
offence at all as I said, it is a choice #5 this method is also very
useful if you need to remove the posts temporarily, it gives a degree of

Author easyfencing . ( ago)
#1 Exactly, with this method you don't have to pay one. It is debatable
the so called professionals will do a good job I have seen horror stories.

Author easyfencing . ( ago)
#2 Britain is wet and windy, I had to repair posts that were 3 years old #3
no way see #2

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