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RocketJSquirrel
New fence post holes off line.

All:

Using a two-man gas-*****ed auger, a friend of mine and I drilled a line of fence post holes. I could swear we had a string line in place, but the resultant fence line is significantly arced from one end to the other. The holes are far enough off from straight to be noticeable, but close enough to where they should be that drilling new holes in the proper locations would be difficult if not impossible.

How do I fix this?

Thanks for all your help,

Fencely A. Doofus

A. Spruce
Re: New fence post holes off line.

Get yourself a pair of clam shell and align the holes manually. Rerun the string for reference.

Fencepost
Re: New fence post holes off line.

Spruce, is that your wife's good sheet in the background?

A. Spruce
Re: New fence post holes off line.

I thought it was yours ... ;)

RocketJSquirrel
Re: New fence post holes off line.

Spruce:

That's what I was afraid you were gonna say.

Thanks.

RJS

A. Spruce
Re: New fence post holes off line.
RocketJSquirrel wrote:

Spruce:

That's what I was afraid you were gonna say.

Thanks.

RJS

Once you've got the main hole, truing it up with clam shells is a breeze, even if it's hard pan. Actually, if it's hard pan, you're better off with a spud bar to do the digging and the clams to remove the dirt.

Spud bar:

RocketJSquirrel
Re: New fence post holes off line.
A. Spruce wrote:

Once you've got the main hole, truing it up with clam shells is a breeze, even if it's hard pan. Actually, if it's hard pan, you're better off with a spud bar to do the digging and the clams to remove the dirt.

Spud bar:

Spruce:

Sorry for the delayed response. I've been busy (re-)digging holes.

Yes, the combo of a clamshell set, spud bar, spade, mason's line, and water for weakening the resolve of our recalcitrant clay did the trick. Thanks for your help.

RJ Squirrel

A. Spruce
Re: New fence post holes off line.

You're welcome,

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