Just gave an estimate to a new customer to remove an Arbor/Vine covered sitting area. Doesn't seem too involved except for one little issue. The arbor is in place by 8 ea. 8ft landscape timbers buried in concrete 1.5ft. The customer would like to keep the posts above ground in good condition to re-use in building a compost bin. I will cut the concrete attached portion off but still need to get the posts out of the ground. I need to pull the posts out of the ground with concrete attached without destroying the above ground portion. I have looked for a hi-lift jack that i could just hook a chain up to and lift straight up but the cost is prohibitive. The two options I'm weighing now are as follow. Purchase one of those large 6-7 ft pry bars and use it in two ways. 1) Dig down one side of the concrete so i can get the end of the pry bar under the conrete, set a 4x4 under the bar and push down. 2) Build a platform out of 4x4 and 2x4's that will make the pivot of the prying at least 12 inches off the ground and use a cable strap tightened around the base of the post and lift it out. The first is cheaper but more labor intensive. The second is more expensive but potentially kick-butt in workability. But with the potential of utter failure and back to option one.. Wow, this was really long for a simple problem Thanks in Advance!