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Removing frozen signposts

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by bayviewsignworks, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. I was doing ok until it froze up. Now I can't get out a couple posts and am worried about pounding them back in with the ground frozen. How do you get them out and in? 10' posts
     
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  2. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

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    In this weather, there's no customer can afford us to do simple post hole digging. Pretty much unless you have backhoe.... digging for the Northeast is about done. Come back after Easter.
     
  3. wetgravy

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    dynamite. Light and run ... hole dug.
     
  4. infinitesign

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    From the sound, they are parking sign Post (the pounding in gave it away). I always have to just take the pick pole and chop out all the frozen dirt around them. Usually only 6" down, and it takes a minute, then its loose dirt after that. Post hole directly next to it for install. Ouch.
     
  5. MikePro

    MikePro Major Contributor

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    i take the jack out of my pickup, fasten a chunk of 2" aluminum angle and wide piece of scrap aluminum or 2x4 to place under the jack.

    use power drill to engage the jack to lift and, booyah, post out like nothin'.
    (for concrete bases, you will have to do some digging around the post)
     
  6. CentralSigns

    CentralSigns Very Active Member

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    Buy a bag big bag of charcoal briquettes. Shovel the snow away. Cover the spot were you want to dig with bag of briquettes. Cut bag open, douse with lighter fluid, light up bag. For mild frost 1 bag will do for heavier frost use several. Test ground after first bag and each additional one. Thats digging hole instructs. Same method to remove post. Wooden posts do not fare to well, they get shorter. Good luck
     
  7. Thanks guys! All helpful!
     
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