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Post Up

Post-up ideaIt occurred to me while pulling this fence post up that there should be some sort of device you could hook up to the bottom and pump with your foot which would utilize some jacking leverage to power it out.

The name Post-Up comes to mind...but the more I thought about it the more I started thinking that it's most likely easier to just wiggle it back and forth and pull, pull, and pull till it's free.

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Use a bumper jack. Or make one out of some scrap metal. Just need a upright of some sort, a pivot point, and a lever.

Or, one of several different ones out there:

Comment by Shannon Sat Feb 5 18:40:50 2011
I've seen a tool to lift those posts. It was just a pivoting lever on a base. The up-right was was about 12 to 16 inches tall with a bar the was off center and fit into the metal posts holes with the other end of the lever having a place to plant your foot and push down to lift the post. It only lifted the post about 6 inches or a bit more but once or twice and you could just pull it right our of the ground easily. Can't remember the right dimensions but it was a dead simple tool. Give you any ideas? Maybe you can reinvent it!
Comment by vester Sat Feb 5 18:45:21 2011
I used to keep a commercial bumper jack that I picked up for nothing for that job. A Short piece of chain just wrapped and tied worked for that job. I pulled a lot of old fence post. With longer chain and shackles I used it as a come along.It made a good compactor too. I used it to raise an old motor block enough to get it on a sledge. That free jack sure was handy. I wonder what happened to it. Probably not OSHA approved.
Comment by oldfool Sat Feb 5 18:53:23 2011

Shannon --- Aw, did you have to? Now he's going to want one... :-)

Vester --- I like your idea of Mark reinventing the post puller!

Comment by anna Sat Feb 5 19:02:59 2011
Old fool --- Yup, Mark's going to want one of those too... :-)
Comment by anna Sat Feb 5 20:24:32 2011

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