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  posted on 3/2/2009 at 10:05 AM
I didnt really feel like calling up a bunch of people, and I figured someone here knows how to take out a chain-link fence. Its probably 4ft tall, 2in diamater poles every 10ft or so, and is in pretty good shape. I dont know how deep its buried, but its been there for like 30yrs. Its over at my dads house, around a swimming pool that needs to come out, also taking suggestions!

I guess we could get a couple shovels and dig the thing up, but I was wondering if anyone had ever done this before and had a few do's and more importantly dont's for me. The pool will be a little easier, but again, if anyone has ever attempted it, let me know how to NOT break my back. Thanks, peace.

 

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  posted on 3/2/2009 at 11:11 AM
I've took down a few chain link fences in my day. Never was an easy job unless there was a backhoe involved. The posts probably have at least a foot or so of concrete at the base. Expect to use some muscle, it shouldn't be too hard though. Shovel, mattock, sledge hammers are good tools to start with. Plus a good pair of wire cutters or bolt cutters.

[Edited on 3/2/2009 by skypup]

 

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  posted on 3/2/2009 at 11:12 AM
Plus it depends on what your going to do with the old fence. If you are going to throw it away there's no need to bust up the concrete, although it might make the posts lighter when you throw them in the back of a truck.

 

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  posted on 3/2/2009 at 11:18 AM
Works great for taking out poles. Get an old bumper jack and a good chain. Wrap the chain around the poles a few times and hook to the bumper jack. Jack it up and the poles usually come out. You might have to dig a little around them but that has worked for me.
 

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  posted on 3/2/2009 at 11:34 AM
Some Jack Daniels's and a SUV...


[Edited on 3/2/2009 by Brucebcd]

 

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  posted on 3/2/2009 at 11:51 AM
while the ground is wet
take a sledge and knock the living the hell out of the poles to loosen them up
you may get lucky and they wiggle free or go with the bumper jack

 

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  posted on 3/2/2009 at 01:10 PM
I don't know about a fence but a Jeep Cherokee will take out the back of a garage I've found.

 

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  posted on 3/2/2009 at 01:25 PM
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Some Jack Daniels's and a SUV...
[Edited on 3/2/2009 by Brucebcd]


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  posted on 3/2/2009 at 01:30 PM
Yeah, if you're not going to salvage the fence posts, take a few swings at the base. I have found that sometimes the post and concrete will separate in ground and you can wriggle the posts up without the concrete sticking to them. The concrete stays in the ground. I like the bumper jack idea, too. Never tried that one.

 

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  posted on 3/2/2009 at 01:48 PM
Two very handy suggested tools (among others) you may not have:

Skinny post hole shovel.

BIG pry bar (like 5 foot long heavy duty)

You will find them very handy and also for other occasional tasks, welll worth having.

 

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  posted on 3/2/2009 at 01:54 PM
Also, if the posts have to be dug up and the concrete is still attached to the post, it will come off the posts with a couple whacks from an eight pound sledge hammer. Be sure to use safety glasses.

 

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  posted on 3/2/2009 at 02:55 PM
id like to clarify that u r not planning to salvage this 30 yr old fence once it is removed. if u r attempting to do this, u basically deserve whatever fate awaits u.

other than that my advice consists of renting a bobcat and purchasing a 12 pack of cold cans-much safer than bottles 4 the job site. filling the old pool and abandoning it is an excellent idea by the way. way 2 be productive

save the jack for the post celebration (no pun intended, of course)

 

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  posted on 3/2/2009 at 05:14 PM
On the fence itself...undo or cut all the wire attaching it to the posts and undo the ends and let it fall on the ground and just roll it up. Throw it in your junk pile of stuff you might use one day....

If you are extremely lazy on those posts in the ground...get a hacksaw and just cut them off, ideally a bit below ground level, leave whatever is in the ground...in the ground. Throw some dirt on top of what you cut off....like I said, this is the lazy way.

 

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  posted on 3/2/2009 at 05:38 PM
Another approach, and one that i prefer on most every project, is to put it off for a few years.

Works for projects both major and minor. Think about it now and then, but just don't be too hasty.

If the fence has been there 30 years, maybe it's best that it stay there.

 

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  posted on 3/2/2009 at 06:11 PM
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Some Jack Daniels's and a SUV...


[Edited on 3/2/2009 by Brucebcd]


I was thinking borrow a neighbor's car..............

 

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  posted on 3/2/2009 at 06:27 PM
we used a bumper jack to get the fence posts out of a 300 foot stretch of fence i just removed. tied a chain around it and just jacked them right out of the ground. 30 of the $&*&('s

just a thought. it worked pretty good!

 

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  posted on 3/2/2009 at 06:27 PM
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Works great for taking out poles. Get an old bumper jack and a good chain. Wrap the chain around the poles a few times and hook to the bumper jack. Jack it up and the poles usually come out. You might have to dig a little around them but that has worked for me.


yeah, just like he said

 

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  posted on 3/3/2009 at 12:01 AM
I have a big yard

and there is three pieces of metal pipe and concrete
about 2 inches tall and almost a foot round

i found them the first time i cut the grass

 

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  posted on 3/3/2009 at 12:05 AM
1/4 stick for each post should work......

 

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  posted on 3/3/2009 at 12:30 AM
If the fence is that old there is also a chance of not only concrete,
but also an auger bolted on to the bottom of the post which is a
pain in the arse and exactly what I encountered after a foot down
into the concrete, it was a helluva job rippin out those posts, needed
a pick, a sledge, a 5' pry bar, two friends , 30 pack of cold ones, band-aids
for the blisters, solarcaine for the sunburn and a dentist after a piece of
concrete hit me in the mouth. That fence whipped my ass

 

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  posted on 3/3/2009 at 01:34 AM
Pound em in below grade.

 

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  posted on 3/3/2009 at 05:45 AM
My initial reaction was stop providing him things to sell....but that wasn't right.

 

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  posted on 3/3/2009 at 09:19 AM
Go rent a bobcat for the day and pluck 'em out with a chain, worth
the $ if you got a lot of posts to deal with. Get tires instead of a trac
model, won't tear up the yard nearly as bad. The bobcat might prove
handy to regrade that area.

 
 


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