1. Visiting from the US? Why not try DIYnot.US instead? Click here to continue to DIYnot.US.
    Dismiss Notice

Replacing gravel boards/concrete plinths

Discussion in 'In the Garden' started by lindos90, 18 Oct 2015.

  1. lindos90

    lindos90

    Joined:
    15 Jun 2013
    Messages:
    10
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Hi, I am helping my brother with his garden. The current fence has concrete posts, 12" gravel boards and wooden panels.

    The posts seem solid, but the wooden panels are beyond repair. Some of the gravel boards have sunk, and a couple have cracked.

    Considering the posts seem fine, we are wondering if we can leave them in place, reposition some of the sunken concrete plinths and replace the broken ones.

    Is this possible? How on earth will we lift the new concrete plinths into the slots at the top of the posts? (The fence posts are 6')

    Hope someone can help. Just trying to save him a bit of money and avoiding scrapping the posts, which are still very serviceable.

    Thanks, and hope someone can help! :)
     
    Last edited: 19 Oct 2015
  2. Sponsored Links
  3. ntb

    ntb

    Joined:
    29 Apr 2012
    Messages:
    668
    Thanks Received:
    88
    Location:
    Leicestershire
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    It just requires sufficient muscle power and a stable platform to stand on unless everyone is very tall. Or you could hire a lifting device.
     
  4. ree

    ree

    Joined:
    6 Feb 2014
    Messages:
    3,193
    Thanks Received:
    447
    Location:
    California
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    We as reasonably fit men in the building trade never had difficulties lifting the concrete panels in or out of the bays.

    Obviously, i dont know your age or physical condition but two people of very average fitness should be able to lift the panels.


    The actual wood fence panels might cause you more lifting difficulties than the concrete panels.

    Cut a staff the exact length of a conc panel and see if it will slide freely down the slots in the posts - that way you wont get stuck with a deformed post.

    Any degraded or rusty re-bar showing thro post must be replaced.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  5. lindos90

    lindos90

    Joined:
    15 Jun 2013
    Messages:
    10
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Thanks for replies, Good news that it sounds feasible at least, if others have been able to do it, we stand a chance then. Maybe we can persuade a couple of other mates to help, as long as we don't get under each others feet. I take your point about checking the actual posts while we are at it, we will change any if they need it, but they seem in much better nick than the gravel boards.
     
  6. mctav

    mctav

    Joined:
    6 Sep 2007
    Messages:
    33
    Thanks Received:
    1
    Location:
    West Midlands
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    From recent experience it makes a huge difference getting concrete gravel boards out if they are cracked down the centre, It releases the pressure at either end. I managed to get quite a few out without having to slide them upwards, they just sort of folded in the middle and popped out.
    I had to get one out years back that was completely wedged in so i cut it in half with an angle grinder and again it came out without any struggle.
     
  7. ntb

    ntb

    Joined:
    29 Apr 2012
    Messages:
    668
    Thanks Received:
    88
    Location:
    Leicestershire
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    From memory, the full size gravel boards are 60 - 70Kg. You can get ones with cut outs that will make the job lighter or you could use two 6 inch ones.

    Don't remove the old gravel boards like this

     
  8. DIYnot Local

    DIYnot Local

    Joined:
    3 Sep 2019
    Country:
    United Kingdom

    If you need to find a tradesperson to get your job done, please try our local search below, or if you are doing it yourself you can find suppliers local to you.

    Select the supplier or trade you require, enter your location to begin your search.


    Are you a trade or supplier? You can create your listing free at DIYnot Local

     
  9. Sponsored Links
Loading...

Share This Page