Fence Post Repair

How to replace a rotting fence post

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

Problem: Rotting fence post

If you have a rotting fence post that needs replacement, here's how to get the concrete pier out of the ground.

It's not complicated, but you'll definitely work up a sweat. First, dig a semicircular hole the same depth as the concrete, around one side of the pier. Make the hole large enough so you can get a good swing at the concrete with a sledgehammer. When about half the concrete is broken off, you and a helper should be able to lift the post out of the hole. Sometimes the post breaks off during lifting. In that case, tie a rope around the pier to lift it out.

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Solution: Set the new fence post so it won’t rot

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Safety glasses
  • Sledgehammer

In addition, you'll need a shovel and gloves.