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#939865 - 05/31/18 11:30 AM Need a trick to drive in metal fence posts
jigs Offline
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Registered: 11/05/04
Posts: 1290
Loc: New York
I have tried to drive in metal fence posts and never get more than three inches in before hitting rocks. Sledge hammering doesn't accomplish much. The last time I needed to sink some 4x4's the hole ended up 3 feet across, after accounting for the rocks in the way.

Any tricks to getting thin metal posts in?

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#939867 - 05/31/18 11:41 AM Re: Need a trick to drive in metal fence posts [Re: jigs]
CabinConnection Offline
Bigfoot
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 01/20/04
Posts: 52791
Loc: The Indianhead's Left Nostril....
Post pounder...


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#939891 - 05/31/18 04:34 PM Re: Need a trick to drive in metal fence posts [Re: jigs]
notnew2diy Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 08/18/06
Posts: 4862
Loc: harvard, il.
My parents retired to N.Ark. 3" of top soil with rock below.
He bought what he called a spud bar.
6' tall, about 1" diameter with a 2 sided point on the bottom.
Use the tool shown by Cab and pound down spud bar deep enough to get your T post to set.
I helped set a few posts on my vacation. Some took days to get deep enough.
Some he only got down about 12", set with concrete.
It held up a 3 strand barb wire fence for over 20 years til ma sold the place.

HTH...good luck....notnew....
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#939942 - 06/01/18 12:22 PM Re: Need a trick to drive in metal fence posts [Re: jigs]
Able_Dog Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/07/03
Posts: 54481
Loc: Huntsville AL
Originally Posted By jigs
I have tried to drive in metal fence posts and never get more than three inches in before hitting rocks. Sledge hammering doesn't accomplish much. The last time I needed to sink some 4x4's the hole ended up 3 feet across, after accounting for the rocks in the way.

Any tricks to getting thin metal posts in?


I'd rather dig a 100' trench in Florida than a 10' trench in N Georgia. When we had a friend with a backhoe dig this septic field for us (about 60' long IIRC) I don't think we found ONE rock!

Rock sure make a difference. (preaching to the choir here, I'm sure)


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#940223 - 06/05/18 01:45 PM Re: Need a trick to drive in metal fence posts [Re: jigs]
Able_Dog Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/07/03
Posts: 54481
Loc: Huntsville AL
Originally Posted By jigs
I have tried to drive in metal fence posts and never get more than three inches in before hitting rocks. Sledge hammering doesn't accomplish much. The last time I needed to sink some 4x4's the hole ended up 3 feet across, after accounting for the rocks in the way.

Any tricks to getting thin metal posts in?


Yes, after giving it much thought I have come up with:

The trick is to avoid rocks.

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#940363 - 06/07/18 09:15 PM Re: Need a trick to drive in metal fence posts [Re: jigs]
code_ceis Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 04/29/09
Posts: 11854
Loc: muttonville,ny

Quote:
Drill, Baby, Drill
grin wink



Edited by code_ceis (06/07/18 09:16 PM)
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