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Eric1435
Re: Removing deck posts
Eric1435

My biggest difficulty right now is keeping a connection from the chain, which is bolted to the post, to the jack. Every connector I have used to attach the chain to the jack has failed. What is the strongest connector I can buy that will be as strong, if not stronger, than the rating of the jack? I have used S hooks and some other hook shaped item and they fail quickly. I am thinking of using the largest diameter bolt possible and threading it through the chain links as well as the opening on the bottom of the jack lifter. Good idea?

Thanks again

canuk
Re: Removing deck posts
canuk
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I am thinking of using the largest diameter bolt possible and threading it through the chain links as well as the opening on the bottom of the jack lifter. Good idea?

Yep ... that's a better method than trying to use S hooks .... or use grab hooks.

The one on the left is used to pass the links of the chain through and grabs as you apply tension .... you would need the correct one for the size of chain links .
The one on the right might hook onto the jack's tongue if the hole/slot is large enough.

Eric1435
Re: Removing deck posts
Eric1435

DB,
You stated that you have jacked posts out of the ground, concrete and all. Did you dig around the concrete at all? How deep were your posts? I have positioned my jack so it is not on top of the concrete, but resting on a brick with the front edge of the base touching the side of the concrete mass, I have 2x4's extending out so the jack stays vertical(My posts only stick up 6 inches) I have a 1/2" dia. bolt going thru chain as well as the post. I feel my chain and connection to the post is solid, but the post won't budge. Any advice you can give based on your prior experience would be helpful.

Thanks
Eric

A. Spruce
Re: Removing deck posts
A. Spruce
Eric1435 wrote:

DB,
You stated that you have jacked posts out of the ground, concrete and all. Did you dig around the concrete at all? How deep were your posts? I have positioned my jack so it is not on top of the concrete, but resting on a brick with the front edge of the base touching the side of the concrete mass, I have 2x4's extending out so the jack stays vertical(My posts only stick up 6 inches) I have a 1/2" dia. bolt going thru chain as well as the post. I feel my chain and connection to the post is solid, but the post won't budge. Any advice you can give based on your prior experience would be helpful.

Thanks
Eric

Anything you can do to ease the friction will help. You could dig around the post up to a foot. If your soil is dry, hard, and compacted, then watering to soften the dirt around the core will go a long ways towards yanking the sucker out of there.

Eric1435
Re: Removing deck posts
Eric1435

Thanks for all the advice. I was able to get out 8 of 16 posts. The 8 I got out were not in concrete. I may just leave the remaining 8 to the concrete company we hire to pour the patio since they will most likely have heavy machinery that will pull out the posts, concrete and all, with relative ease.

Again, thanks for all the very useful advice.

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