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How to Remove a Broken Fence Post

It is inevitable that all wooden fence owners will have to deal with a broken fence post at some point. With the winter weather currently beating down on England, it is likely that now is the time your fence post will break. Excessive rainfall and violent winds can weaken the structure of your fence panels and posts, and ultimately lead to damages occurring. If you need to remove a broken fence post from your garden, follow our step-by-step guide to make the process as easy as possible.

You will need:

  • Shovel
  • Rope
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Joist or the like
  • Sledgehammer (optional)
  • Crowbar (optional)

The Method

Identify the post base – Establish whether the post is simply buried into the soil or planted in a cement base by digging down around the post. If your post is embedded into cement, you will need significant more leverage to remove the post successfully.

Remove the soil – Dig around the post to about 1 foot in depth to reduce the ground resistance

Loosen the post – Begin to push the post from side to side to loosen the ground around the post and enlarge the space you have to work with the post. If your post is simply dug into the soil, you might find that you can remove the post completely with this method.

Secure the post – If you need more force to remove your post, secure something very firm, such as a hard timber joist, to the post using nails, rope, or a combination of both. Attach the joist at roughly a 45° angle to the ground.

Lever it out – Stand on the end of the joist and push your body weight downwards. This pressure will cause the other end of the joist to lift up, dragging the fence post with it. Continue to do this until the post is loosened from the ground and able to be extracted. If your wooden post was cemented, you may need more weight to force the post out of the ground.

Top tip: If you’re struggling to make any headway with a cemented fence post, you can use a sledgehammer to break some of the cement off the bottom and loosen the post, or you can get under the cement with a crowbar to loosen the ground from underneath the post.

Remove – Once the post is loosened enough, you can detach the joist and remove the post from its hole.


If you need to replace your broken fence posts, look no further than Barnard Fencing for all the supplies you need. We have a range of fence posts to suit all tastes and budgets, and as well as being a leading supplier of fence posts, we can also install them for you! For more information on this, or any of our other services, contact us here and we’ll be happy to help.


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