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Old 02-20-2012, 03:27 PM   #1
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How To Pull A 4x4 Post?


Isn't there a "redneck" way to pull a 4x4 that's embedded in concrete (a footing...not a fencepost) with a come along and/or a jack that's pretty easy?

I have a job where I can't get any equipment in to pull out four old post/footings for a freestanding landing.
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Old 02-20-2012, 03:29 PM   #2
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Drill a hole through the post and insert a rod or bolt and use a bottle jack....or something along those lines.
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I'd bet you're thinking of a fence post jack. Plenty of redneck versions out there and you can still get a store bought one. The secret ingredient is leverage to pop a fence post straight up.

But them fence posts is blunt or sharpened, no concrete shoes wider than the post hole.

You'll need a couple of Armstrong Excavators and rent an electric demo hammer for the concrete.

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a "redneck" way
Dynamite.

Per Yankee's concept, I've picked up a 1400 lb furnace with a steel rod and a bottle jack. A lot of it would depend on the soil and the size of the footings.
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The footing is most likely about 36" deep I might add...
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The footing is most likely about 36" deep I might add...
Sounds like your helpers going to need a helper.

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Can it just be cut if off? Seems like the only "easy" way to do it.

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They make a non-redneck post pullers. Around here they are $500 for a manual version. If you're doing a bunch they make a hydraulic version.
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Can't you just cut if off? Seems like the only "easy" way to do it.
No...new location is just about in the same place so the old ones will just be in the way.

For all I know, they might be miniscule footings and will come out easy. I just am preparing for the worst.

We can pull some footings with the Techno Metal Post machine.
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Greg, just have the guys dig a sloped trench up to the post. Tip it over and drag it out. Fastest way I've come up with. By the time you rent or set up some machine the jobs' done.
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You could also attach a board perpendicular to the post a little off the ground and then take one or two of the new posts you have and lever the thing out with a rock or brick or 4x4 drop off placed at a good ratio on the ground for max advantage. Is the footing continuous or isolated around each post?

I would prefer calling it a "MacGyver" way then "redeck" way.
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I dont mind Redneck at all.

A floor jack works real well. They are cost efective and work with the same chain.

Dont know how to use them ??? watch the 500 race this Sunday there will be plenty of action with floor jacks I can tell you.

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I have done this and it is quick and easy. You could use 2x4s but picture a teepee shape with 3 or 4 legs directly over the post.

A chain is connected to the top for a lifting point.....

To a comealong that reaches down to the base of the 4x4, a light small linked chain or cable choker grabs the base of the post.

Now....... all you have to do is let the comealong do the lifting instead of your back.
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Extra credit; can you imagine how well anchored the post is on a dry July day when the dirt or clay is like rock?

Take a root fertilizer, they hook to a garden hose with a long hollow spike on the end. You can irrigate the post about 2 foot down. Now, instead of rock hard dirt, you have mud holding the post in place.

With a good hoist and wet ground the posts come right up. This is the type of SOB that I used to throw my back out on.

No digging, no lifting and relatively no mess.

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Tie a chain around it as low as you can go. Get a wheel as big as you can and wrap the chain around the wheel and hook it to your truck. Pulls it out every time.
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A High-Lift jack (or Handyman jack around here) and a short piece of chain should pop them right out. If there's an enormous amount of concrete around the bottom, rent an engine hoist (cherry picker around here) and use the same chain.

You can buy the handyman jack for ~ $50, and the cherry picker should rent for $30-$40 a day.
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Tie a chain around it as low as you can go. Get a wheel as big as you can and wrap the chain around the wheel and hook it to your truck. Pulls it out every time.
That is nothing short of brilliant
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A High-Lift jack (or Handyman jack around here) and a short piece of chain should pop them right out. If there's an enormous amount of concrete around the bottom, rent an engine hoist (cherry picker around here) and use the same chain.

You can buy the handyman jack for ~ $50, and the cherry picker should rent for $30-$40 a day.
That's how I do it too. Mainly with the high lift jack. Luckily so far I haven't needed to drag out the cherry picker.
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A High-Lift jack (or Handyman jack around here) and a short piece of chain should pop them right out. If there's an enormous amount of concrete around the bottom, rent an engine hoist (cherry picker around here) and use the same chain.

You can buy the handyman jack for ~ $50, and the cherry picker should rent for $30-$40 a day.
I like it! Thanks...

The only problem I could forsee is that the jack might be sitting on top of the concrete footing while it's positioned next to post which may negate any jack....don't know...
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It's a post and a footing... come on Greg, yank this thing right out, do you really need to know how to do it?



















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