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How to keep squirrels off of a 4x4 post that's already in the ground?

What I did that worked really well for both squirrels and raccoons climbing a 4x4 post I had bird feeders on was to get a piece of round snap-together HVAC duct around the post up as high as I needed. ...
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How to keep squirrels off of a 4x4 post that's already in the ground?

A: Accept that the squirrels will probably beat whatever you come up with, they are persistent and clever. B: For an existing post of a non-standard size, attempt to build an exclusion cone from metal ...
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Raising a sagging section of my houses central beam ~1.2 inches

The general trick with jacking a house that has sagged over 40 (or 140) years is that you should not un-sag it in a matter of days, or even weeks, unless the sag is very minor. The jack has no problem ...
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How to keep squirrels off of a 4x4 post that's already in the ground?

When positioning either the HVAC pipe or the flared cone fashioned from flashing, or both if you use the combination, a bonus discouragement is to hang them loosely around the 4x4 as the movement this ...
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How can I repair this rotted fence post with footing below ground?

I've used an "easy mender" (see below) with success. It fits around one side of a 4x4 fence post and the protruding strike ledge is used to drive it down. It gets driven down along the post ...
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How to design a fence gate in a narrow area next to house?

put the gate hinge on the face of the fence post so that corner of the open gate does not protrude into the path.
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Is this amount of wobble in my newel post acceptable?

Code requires the assembly to handle a 200 lb side load. It looks like the installer needs to finish, so when he does show back up to do so, if possible, before he finishes, explain your doubt, and ...
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How do I remove U posts?

Driven in 2 feet? One post? A shovel is the appropriate tool. Dig down about a foot and start wiggling the post. Dig a bit more if it won't wiggle. 50 posts? Then you might want a puller of some sort. ...
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Raising a sagging section of my houses central beam ~1.2 inches

Sounds like you measured once, built a wall, and stood it up to discover that it doesn't fit. Check the levelness of the slab below this wall. Run a stringline along the length of the beam or use a ...
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How do I remove U posts?

As long as the ground isn't frozen a T post puller or jack should do the trick. There are simple lever models that use your muscle to pry it from the ground. The more expensive type use a post and the ...
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How can I repair this rotted fence post with footing below ground?

It really isn’t that difficult. Remove the screws that hold the fence to the post, dig close to the concrete as much as you can. This will loosen the post so you can wrap a rope or chain around it, ...
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How can I build a retaining wall and secure these fence posts while conserving space?

Your proposed retaining wall will not just "enclose the exposed rocks and soil". It has to support the lateral loads from the soil behind it, and also from vehicles on the neighbor's ...
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How to fix a rotting load bearing post?

Remove sufficient siding to expose the beams etc that post supports. Organise the jacks to hold up the roof / beams at that point while allowing sufficient space to work. Replace post, consider how to ...
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How can I repair this rotted fence post with footing below ground?

It failed because it is not pressure treated wood. You will not get around some hard labor in removing that concrete, but there are other solutions. You could try using a 12 inch drill and drill the ...
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How to ensure concrete mounted post is plumb?

No matter how, or with what you attach the post it will have some give and not be perfectly plumb. So while you want to do the best you can there should not be great worry over getting holes perfect....
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How to remove a fence post in concrete that is attached to the garage foundation?

Pouring some new concrete next to the foundation for the fence post shouldn't really attach it to the foundation very firmly - but even if it's not attached it would be a lot of work to dig up the ...
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How can I build a retaining wall and secure these fence posts while conserving space?

no you can't build the wall underneath the sleepers, you need to build the reataining wall on your side of the boundary line.
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How do I calculate the weight tolerance for a steel gate post?

For computing the foundation's strength you need material parameters for your "sand." By "sand," I infer poorly graded sand--that's usually what normal people describe as "...
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Can I use a pressure treated 6x6 to replace my porch post?

Avoid the pith (center of the growth rings) and look for straight grained pieces. Paint the ends, let it dry out of direct sun, and keep it elevated off the ground for air circulation. Let it dry out ...
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How do I remove U posts?

Use a lever and some means of lashing. Specifically, I lever with a 2x4 and I lash with some chain. You might have other materials at hand that would serve as well. Set a block on the ground so that ...
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Wood Information Podium/Lectern Footing Re-build using Concrete and Post Bases

Use pressure treated posts embedded in concrete. It will be far cheaper than a post base designed to resist pushover, and they'll last decades if installed correctly. Microbe activity in the top 6&...
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Connecting two Aluminium post together

Those posts are only 6ft long and are designed to be surface mounted to concrete footings. You need to buy the 8ft version which is designed to be in-ground inserted into concrete as per the ...
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Tightening a newel post bolt in a tight space

I think the tool you're probably needing is what's called a ratcheting wrench. They're made for tight spaces and if you get one with a high number of ratcheting teeth (giving you lots of room for ...
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Best way to place a deck post on a non-level pier

I upvoted the @popham answer, but wanted to note that grinding isn’t the devil you appear to think it is. Buy a diamond cup wheel and a mask. Remaining dust isn’t an issue because you’re outdoors. ...
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Best way to place a deck post on a non-level pier

Buy some mortar and bed your post bases in the mortar when it's still workable. Use a level, of course. S type mortar that you'll commonly find at hardware stores is fine. You've got a surface area of ...
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Is there a max ratio that you need to stay under when you notch a newel post in order to secure it to the joists?

Code only dictates the side load minimums (200 lbs) on handrail systems, not one part. I think the only time the code dictates anything about newels is the placement and the exceptions, not how they ...
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Is there a post-cap connector I can use to secure 2x10 joists to a 4x6 post?

The LCE specs indicate suitability for 4-by lumber. Joist height is irrelevant. The nominal product code relates to post size, not joist height. You don't need such a plate to span the entire height ...
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How to safely dig a 12 inch diameter hole with an 8 inch auger

I am a fan of 4+" gap from post to soil, plain 21AA ( or any good packing ) gravel. drop 6" on bottom add some slightly downward angled screws to prevent twisting and lifting and fill/tamp/...
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Deck posts - set in concrete or use anchors?

I built patio covers and car ports for along time and in some places we would have to dig 48”x48”x48” footings that we’d wet set black steel posts in for an aluminum patio cover, cause that’s what it ...
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Deck posts - set in concrete or use anchors?

Can't you use treated wood if you want to plant the post into the ground with concrete around it? So it does NOT ROT T
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