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Shortening fence posts

Discussion in 'In the Garden' started by stevepbuk, 17 Oct 2018.

  1. stevepbuk

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    Hi,

    I need to shorten some fence posts which are already installed. What is the best way of achieving this. I remember cutting them in a horizontal position was hard enough with a manual saw so any advice would be appreciated.

    Ive seen the Black and Decker Scorpion and other reciprocating saws. Will I be able to achieve a straightish cut with these?

    Thanks

    Steve
     
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    pin or screw a baton to each side and cut across these holding the saw dead level and flat
    sawing along the fence line will tend to give the posts more support assuming a fence in place
    reciprical saw blades far cheaper than alligator or scorpian type blades so cheaper running costs
     
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    Do you have a circular saw?

    Even if it only has a plunge depth of say, 2 inches and your posts are 6, cut around all 4 sides with a straight edge clamped to it, then finish the middle bit with a hand saw. It will turn out much nicer than with a reciprocating saw!!
     
  5. Keithmac

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    I used a Scorpion saw when doing our fence (4" posts) worked very well.

    I marked them up first with a set square, just go steady and you'll get a good square top.

    Must have done 20+ on one blade..
     
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    I've been told never to cut a fence post flat - do it at a slight angle so rainwater wont sit on the top and speed rotting
     
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    I capped all mine, you're right though normally an angles best for water runoff.
     
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