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Re: stuck post hole auger

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Dell (WA)

11-30-2012 10:31:18

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Don........since I didn't have an auger for my 8N, I rented a Yammabottadeere with post hole digger. I was doing great digging holes for new fence line ...until... my front wheels were 3-ft in the air!!! I could NOT raise my digger!!! I managed to gitt some wood cribbing under the front axle and then I could un-bolt the auger. I then moved the tractor outta the way so I could "pipe-wrench" the auger. NO LUCK. I then realize I'd haffta DIG the auger outta the ground. It had "screwed" itself into BIG tree ROOT. I ended up having a 3-ft post hole instead of nice 6"-holes. ........holey Dell

P.S.........what I've never figgered out, you dig a 6"-hole and putta 6"-post in it and still don't have enuff dirt to tamp the post tite........2nd point, NEVER CEMENT yer posts, the cement collects WATER and ROTS yer treated post off

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Brad Buchanan

12-01-2012 08:15:49

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 Re: stuck post hole auger in reply to Dell (WA), 11-30-2012 10:31:18  
Interesting opinion.

Auger hole, shovelfull of pea gravel, set post, 1/2 or more bag of sackrete and grade over.

Have removed posts that have been in the ground 15 years and wood is perfectly sound.

Brad (yer signpost settin' guy)

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11-30-2012 22:58:59

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 Re: stuck post hole auger in reply to Dell (WA), 11-30-2012 10:31:18  
You will get rot if you concrete underneath the post and create a reservoir.

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11-30-2012 15:18:52

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 Re: stuck post hole auger in reply to Dell (WA), 11-30-2012 10:31:18  
We've augered our share under tree roots, etc. Never seen one that we couldn't back out with a 3 ft pipe wrench.....with the digger still on the tractor. I eventually bought a 3-point hitch hydraulic digger; paid big bucks, but as many holes as we dug, it was worth it. As far as the soil going back in the hole; it had to do with the phase of the moon or the amount of moisture in the soil or........SOMETHING; sometimes there wasn't ENOUGH soil and sometimes there was TOO much.

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11-30-2012 11:26:35

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 Re: stuck post hole auger in reply to Dell (WA), 11-30-2012 10:31:18  
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I've noticed that too. Fill the hole up with a post and shove all the same dirt back in and you are still short.

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