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Need a trick to drive in metal fence posts #939865
05/31/18 03:30 PM
05/31/18 03:30 PM
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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?

Re: Need a trick to drive in metal fence posts [Re: jigs] #939867
05/31/18 03:41 PM
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Post pounder...


Re: Need a trick to drive in metal fence posts [Re: jigs] #939891
05/31/18 08:34 PM
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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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Re: Need a trick to drive in metal fence posts [Re: jigs] #939942
06/01/18 04:22 PM
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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)


Re: Need a trick to drive in metal fence posts [Re: jigs] #940223
06/05/18 05:45 PM
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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.

Re: Need a trick to drive in metal fence posts [Re: jigs] #940363
06/08/18 01:15 AM
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Quote:
Drill, Baby, Drill
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