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I have a small Demo project this week. Need Advice.

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by tyler_mott85, Mar 24, 2009.

  1. tyler_mott85

    tyler_mott85 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 582

    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!
  2. Isobel

    Isobel LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 548

    why not just dig them out with a shovel. 1.5 feet is not deep.
  3. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,776

    Exactly, and if your not saving the concrete in any way, just use a sledge hammer to break it up to get it out. 9 times out of ten the concrete doesn't adhere to the wood so it should just break away.
  4. tyler_mott85

    tyler_mott85 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 582

    You guys make it sound so easy. :) Of course that's my last resort, I'm always looking for easy ways to do things tho. I think I'll buy the pry bar and worst case if I can't just pop them out of the ground with that then by that time I've already done half the digging.

  5. Isobel

    Isobel LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 548

    digging them out is the easy solution.
  6. joshco84

    joshco84 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 411

    you are going to find that it will be easier to dig them out than try the pry bar. I have pulled a lot of posts and you will end up digging them out no matter what so you might as well just start that way.
  7. tyler_mott85

    tyler_mott85 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 582

    OK thanks guys! I'll save the money on the pry bar and just take my good-ol Sharp Shooter.

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