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.

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

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.

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