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Dealing with remnants of old fence post

Lazy and smart often go hand-in-hand. Dig around the old concrete to free it. Now dig a hole next to it. Tip the concrete into the new hole. Bury it and chive on.
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Can I burn away a rotten fence post in the ground?

Drill it out. If your drill (or drill bits, or drill bits + extensions) won't do the job, rent or purchase one that will. Even if the gas line WASN'T right there, the heat from burning it out would ...
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I have painted posts and unpainted horizontal rails on my fence. Can I stain the rails after I install them or will the stain harm the painted posts?

It will be a pain to mask off the posts so the sealer does not affect them. But more than that, if you pre-seal/stain, you can dip the ends of the boards, (and then brush what's on the faces and edges ...
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What kind of wood are these fence panels made out of and can they be restored?

These are my best guess. Those look like the standard fence board from HD or Lowes, which are normally softwood with a redwood or cedar stain or them. They would not be treated with any preservative ...
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Dealing with remnants of old fence post

You could: Drill some holes with a masonry drill bit Attach metal eyebolts to the top of the concrete Attach chains Lift with a car jack, farm jack, or tractor bucket if you've got one For the car ...
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Dealing with remnants of old fence post

If the block is in almost the right place, then re-use the old post hole. Use an old chisel, to break up the old wooden post in the socket of the concrete. Alternatively, use an old large diameter ...
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Dealing with remnants of old fence post

If you are fit, you should give it a go with a pencil point digging bar. Chip away at it and eventually, it'll give up.
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Wood splitting wedge or masonry chisel okay to use for breaking up concrete?

When confronted with this I have just drilled / pulled out the old wood from the concrete and inserted the new post into the hole. Easier than breaking up the concrete and then repouring fresh.
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Putting wood over chain link gate

They're not the prettiest things in the world, but there are plastic strips designed specifically to be threaded through the chain link itself for privacy. Anybody walking by could stop, put an eye up ...
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Dealing with remnants of old fence post

As a fellow DIYer that doesn't like to give in, here's how I would proceed. First, I would remove dirt around it to give it an easy path out. Next, set a sawhorse over the hole. Last, use a come along ...
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Advice for fence placement at an angle with a tree in the way

Based on the added drawings, I see no drawbacks to either method of installing the gate. Having angled sections does make it a bit more challenging to get the fence rail appropriately attached, but if ...
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Direct Burial high voltage lines in path of where I need to put fence posts

They would not run a primary line across someone's property. It's a service lateral for sure. Usually down at least 2 ft and hopefully warning tape. Check with the power company first. Always be safe ...
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Leaning fence due to loose posts

The posts may be loose for a variety of reasons and it's worth spending a few minutes considering which are likely so that you can mitigate them. As you said it could be that the posts were set too ...
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Can I prevent a neighbor from building a fence against my house?

It's reasonable to be concerned about accessibility of your building for inspection, maintenance, and upkeep and cleanliness reasons. It's almost certain that you personally do not have a "say so&...
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Fence post on concrete slab

Rent a fence post driller and drill at least 2 feet deep) in the ground next to the concrete walk way. You can also manually dig. First make sure there are no water or electricity lines there. Your ...
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Wood splitting wedge or masonry chisel okay to use for breaking up concrete?

Masonry will help but not so much without pre-drill. Get a hammer drill and good concrete drill and weaken the concrete by drilling holes. That will also tell you how deep the concrete goes. Mechanics,...
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Wood splitting wedge or masonry chisel okay to use for breaking up concrete?

Easy option: Keep the concrete in place and get a fence post support that goes in it. Could be one with 4 screws (one in each side) or one like that: Hard option: Is it workable to use a wedge for ...
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Wood splitting wedge or masonry chisel okay to use for breaking up concrete?

If you really need to get out the old concrete: Option 1 I'd go for a rotary hammer (not entirely sure I got the right translation, in German we call it "Boschhammer", they are machines the ...
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How to repair this loose fence post footing?

Three wedges(Plastic or wood) hammered in should tighten the post up. Would make replacing much easier than needing to cut cement, dig out the post.
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How can I cut railed horizontal fence boards for a 50-degree angle?

screw a fillet piece to the end of the boards the result will be much stronger than trying to cut the board to fit in the post, and will look better.
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Depth of 4X4 Fence Post?

You also have the option if pouring concrete footer with galvanized bolts, then use a galvanized base to keep the posts up off the ground. When a post needs to be replaced, unbolt it and bolt another ...
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Installing a strong-tie post anchor on unlevel concrete

i faced the same issue (for a small double L fence I did to enclose garbage cans on the side of my house) and came up with a bunch of solutions and tried only one but perhaps some of these will suit ...
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Can a fence post spike set in concrete hold a light gate

I have a 4' high cedar fence gate with both posts on spikes, no concrete, and it has held up for 20 years with only some minor drooping that needed adjustment. So I imagine adding the concrete will ...
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How do I fix a wooden fence that has shifted and won't close?

Tighten the turnbuckle? If the gate is bottoming out at the low corner because it is sagging because of the Pull of the Earth, that cable and turnbuckle can hoist the sag back up. It is right there. ...
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Replacing fence posts: embed in concrete or use mounting brackets?

The post holders you sited will not hold up to very much lateral force, especially over time. They are meant as post cleats on applications such as low decks where force is vertical as opposed to ...
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Replacing fence posts: embed in concrete or use mounting brackets?

Due to lack of rotational restrain, the post with an embedded metal receiver will deflect much more than the direct insert method, if not collapse immediately upon lateral loading.
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What kind of wood are these fence panels made out of and can they be restored?

I don't think it is redwood or cedar. It looks like fir to me. Probably douglas fir. Clear. Whatever it is, it looks like good stuff, and I wouldn't do anything to it. It won't take long for the any ...
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How to prevent pool gate plunger latch/lock from freezing?

Bottle umbrella Cut the very bottom off a 2 liter soda bottle. Leave the top and cap on. Slide the bottle down over the latch. Cut a flap on the side so the top rail of the gate goes in the groove....
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How to prevent pool gate plunger latch/lock from freezing?

A lubricant based on graphite powder is commonly used in lock mechanisms to prevent freezing temperatures from causing problems. Some of the graphite lock lubricants have a solvent/carrier fluid that ...
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Best practice to renovate wrought iron?

You have the same goal as every refinery tank farm and every other steel structure ( Your fence is very likely low carbon steel, not wrought iron). What they do to try to get long life is 1- white ...
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