How to Remove a Rotted Fence Post and Set a New One

Need to remove and repair a fence post? Here's how.

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Introduction

Here’s how to remove a rotten fence post quickly and easily with a shovel and sledge hammer, as well as how to set the replacement post so it's strong, sturdy and won’t rot again.

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Project step-by-step (5)

Step 1

Dig the Right Size Hole

  • Dig a semicircular hole around one side of the concrete pier.
    • Pro tip: Make sure your hole is the same depth as the concrete pier to ensure easier removal.

Step 2

Break Up the Concrete

  • Use a sledgehammer to break up the concrete around the old post.
    • Pro tip: Make the hole large enough to ensure you can get a good swing at all sides of the concrete pier.

Step 3

Remove the Old Post

  • Break off half the concrete;
    • Pro tip: Enlist a helper to lift the post out of the hole. Your back will thank you later!

Step 4

Remove Any Leftover Materials

  • Clear out any chunks of concrete remaining in the hole;
    • Pro tip: If the post breaks off during lifting, tie a rope around the pier to lift it out.

Step 5

Set a New Fence Post

  • Pour concrete so it extends a few inches above the grass;
  • Taper the edges to drain water away from the wood post.
    • Pro tip: Burying the concrete below the surface may look nicer, but it’s a surefire way to accelerate wood rot. Here are a few tips on how to set a fence post so it won't rot.