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Digging fenceposts

Discussion in 'In the Garden' started by bobnotthebuilder, 27 Oct 2014.

  1. bobnotthebuilder

    bobnotthebuilder

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    Last time I did this it took ages with a pick and shovel and obviously the hole was much wider than necessary to accommodate the tools. Need to do the other side of the garden now and was considering either a manual auger (petrol driven too expensive for 6 posts) or a post hole digger which looks like 2 narrow shovels facing each other and which you drive into the ground, scoop up a bit of earth etc. Has anyone used these? Preferences? Thanks
     
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    I guess it all depends on what sort of ground it is......those two spade things are fine in soil but struggle in stony ground.
    A drainage spit would be used in time gone by, and it's still a very good tool!
    It would be a petrol auger hire for me......
    John :)
     
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    Pinch bar/fencing bar is what you need for breaking up the soil.

    The Roughneck post hole digger will do the job fine for a few posts but it's not as good as a proper shuvholer
     
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    I use a newcastle draninage shovel to dig post holes
     
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    +1 for newcastle draining spade.
     
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    After having dug 18 of the ruddy things at the weekend I can tell you what you don't need: a broken spade and a trowel!
     
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    Having dug 22 5' deep holes for piles in extremely pebbley ground (melted tip of a "Beaver" powered auger), a wet and dry vacuum cleaner with a 2 1/2" hose is good. use a poker to break up the soil, use vacuum cleaner to remove it.
    Frank
     
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