Thread: Leaning paling fence
- 5th Oct 2012, 06:16 PM #1
Leaning paling fence
Our paling fence developed a bad lean, on closer examination one of the redgum posts has got a crack at its base. From what I can tell, all other posts are ok though some of the palings need to be replaced. What are my options for propping up the posts? Are star pickets the only way to go or are there other alternatives because my experience with star pickets is that they are hard to get out from the ground.
- 5th Oct 2012, 11:54 PM #2
You could sister the post, get a half post, dig a post hole against the existing post and ram in place then put a couple of coach bolts through to hold in place. You could also dig out the post and replace, which could be worth while if the fence has plenty of years left in it. You have to consider though what condition the remaining posts are in but it sounds as though it might be worth the effort. I wouldn't use star pickets, temporary at best and not really able to take the load of a paling fence as they offer little sideways resisitance in damp ground if that is what you have, they are ok for a short time though.
- 8th Oct 2012, 02:34 PM #3
Thanks John. I started to dig next to the post on the weekend. After approx 200 mm I ran into some concrete, probably old footings. Tried the crowbar but that was hard work. I used my rotary hammer drill and that made holes pretty easily in it so I go about another 100 mm in but couldn't use it any more as I couldn't get it in any more. There is still concrete there and it is awkward to try and use the drill. I think I need to go a little further with the digging as the hole is still narrow but crowbar/drill just slide off the walls of the hole. Do I need to get a jack-hammer or is there another solution? Ozito used to sell one for around the $350 mark.
- 8th Oct 2012, 04:45 PM #4
- 11th Oct 2012, 02:19 PM #5
Thanks again John, the soil is a little sandy so not sure tamping will work here.
- 12th Oct 2012, 12:49 AM #6Senior Member
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Removing star pickets
It sounds counter intuitive, but hammer the star picket into the ground slightly before trying to remove, this breaks the tension between the picket and surrounding soil and rust thus making them easier to lever out of the ground.
- 12th Oct 2012, 10:47 AM #7
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