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bodger

Knocking Posts In.

After making my new chicken pen, I had some useful materials left over from the job. These being nine x eight foot fence posts and approximately 25 yards of the six foot plastic release netting.
My plan, is to use these to make a new eight metre by eight metre pen, which would be very handy indeed. The pen will share some of the existing pens fencing, which will allow me to get the most out  of the  left overs.

If you can recall, a few weeks ago I allowed a local farmer to graze his cattle on our land. He's also a fencing contractor and in return for the grazing, I got him to knock the posts in for m for the original pen. Being a contractor, he used a proper caterpillared machine with a 'knockerinner' on it. Unfortunately, for just the nine posts this isn't going to be an option and I'm going to be the one to knock them in. So far, all I've come up with is, is a vision of me trying, on an inclining field, standing on the top of a set of step ladders trying to knock them in with a large rubber fencing mallet !  
Wish me luck.  
brewer66

Do yourself a favour Bodger.   Beg, steal or borrow a post knocker, this type.




Much easier to use, you can't miss the post and you don't have to be as high up.
I bought one a few years back and it's been worth every penny.
12Bore

brewer66 wrote:
Do yourself a favour Bodger.   Beg, steal or borrow a post knocker, this type.




Much easier to use, you can't miss the post and you don't have to be as high up.
I bought one a few years back and it's been worth every penny.

Deffo! Still hard work, but you can't get a hand twixt stob and mallet...
And use an iron bar to make a pilot hole.
welshboy

12Bore wrote:
brewer66 wrote:
Do yourself a favour Bodger.   Beg, steal or borrow a post knocker, this type.




Much easier to use, you can't miss the post and you don't have to be as high up.
I bought one a few years back and it's been worth every penny.

Deffo! Still hard work, but you can't get a hand twixt stob and mallet...
And use an iron bar to make a pilot hole.


+1 Better if there are two of you one each side
Border

+1...get your lad to weld one up for you, I made one 20 odd years ago and its still in use today.
welshboy

Best done when the ground is really sodden - post go in much easier.
sandrar

so worth getting one, agree on the iron bar too.
bodger

brewer66 wrote:
Do yourself a favour Bodger.   Beg, steal or borrow a post knocker, this type.




Much easier to use, you can't miss the post and you don't have to be as high up.
I bought one a few years back and it's been worth every penny.


I've already got one but I have this vision  of me trying to knock an eight foot fence post in with my little legs dangling off the ground.
Toddy

There's another way….dig a hole and fill it with water. Put your post into it and twist it (lash a bar or stick across it so that you have something to act as leverage in the twisting, you can use your forearms to get a good solid grip of the bar). The post will slowly work it's way down, and then it kind of locks and won't easily go any further. By that stage it ought to be far enough in for you to start on the post knocker to force it down to the depth you require.

This is, I have to admit, very ancient technology at work It's how the posts for walkways and crannogs were put into loch and river beds in the past.

M
emsley

Great post Toddy, thanks very much
Will give it a try  

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