I'm trying to come up with a cheap and easy way to remove a broken-off fence post. It's a 4x4 lumber post that's snapped off flush to the ground,
without any concrete around it.* I'd like to pull it straight out and sink another post in the same hole without digging too much.
*EDIT 2: I tried digging down a few inches last night to attach the 1x2, and discovered it was set in concrete about 6" below ground level. Looks like I'll be digging this one out.
The current plan that I have in my head is to dig down a few inches and nail a 1x2 strip to the side of the post. Then take a few boards, stack them up as a fulcrum, and wedge another board or a pipe under the 1x2. Then stomp on the other end of the lever to pull up the post. Will this work, or should I just dig it out?
I suppose soaking the area with a hose would help, but I'd rather not soften the ground since I want to reset another post immediately.
Note: I'd like to avoid spending anything extra if at all possible. It's my neighbor's fence, and he's told me that he's in no hurry to repair it. Since I want it back up, I'm taking the initiative and fixing it for him.
Edit: Here's some pictures of the fence line:
And here's where the fence post is snapped:
That big spot without any grass is where my neighbor's shed used to be before the tornado carried it off.