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I'm in the process of replacing my back fence. One of the existing posts was damaged (crushed) during a tree fall. After finally digging this out, I discovered one of these in it.

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What I can't seem to do is get the rest of the wood that's in there out. I realise that they aren't expensive, but for curiosity's sake as much as anything, I'd like to know if there's a tried and trusted method for this kind of thing.

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  • Cut the timber so it's flush with the top or just proud of the metal support.

  • From the top, drill a few ½inch (12.5mm) holes as deep as you can into the remaining timber.

  • Then with a "old" wood chisel cut away and remove the remaining timber.

It's nearly impossible just to pull the timber post from the metal support as there are metal "wings" inside that grip (clamp) the timber in place.

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Is the metal spike still in the ground? If so,

  • Cut the post off 6 inches or so above the metal.
  • Drill a hole horizontally through the wood. I used a 1 inch spade bit.
  • Insert a piece of rebar or some other strong metal rod through the hole and then lever the wood out.
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Ouch, a downvote? –  aphoria Aug 23 '11 at 11:43
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