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Question DetailsAsked on 7/18/2016

how much would it cost to replace 4 fence posts if I did it myself vs a professional

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Depends of course on type of post and whether cast in concrete or not, and if you have posthole digger or auger (as applicable to your area) or T-post driver or need to buy or rent one - but GENERALLY speaking, at a ballpark, you are probably going to save 25-50% of the materials cost (so about $3-5/post plus about $3-5/hole if concreted), plus about $25-150/post for the labor and equipment a contractor would charge you in normal fence post digging conditions. Commonly about $25-50 range for wood or pipe post set in ground, $10-20 labor for T-posts, and $40-50 each and on up for concreted-in posts.

Fences tend to be about 2/3-3/4 labor and the rest materials (including the markup), so DIY you can easily save 75% or more of the cost - just consider what the ground conditions are, because if it takes a power auger or even rockbit drill your effort and equipment rental costs go way up pretty quick. And of course how much time you have - when we did our chainlink fence (pipe posts in concrete 4 feet deep) took us minimum 1 manhour and sometimes 2+ manhours to dig a 4-80 inch hole (4" posthole digger) in quite cobbly ground, with 2-3 rocks per hole bigger around than the 4" hole so had to open up the hole to get them out by hand. 4 posts would not be a catastrophic job - good evening job at one post per session.

If you need to pull the posts so the new onces can go in the exact same spot because of panel dimensions (wood or vinyl fence) usually they come out real easy with a 5 ton farm jack ()used to be called bumper jack) for about $50-75 (or rent for $5/day or so) and a stout 3/8 or 1/2" chain) to wrap around the post and loop over the jack to pry it up out of the ground - takes about 5 minutes per post typically, though sometimes the pole slips out of the concrete which can be a nuisance if the hole does not allow new post to slip right in (and concrete is intact). Of course has to be well washed out at a minimum to work for that. If post starts slipping out and you want the concrete out too, you need to stop and dig down and loop the chain about a foot down on the concrete to get it to come out too - and of course jack base cannot be standing on/over the concrete.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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