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Question DetailsAsked on 8/1/2011

Whats the best way to remove a chain link fence?

We have a chain link fence in our front yard that is serving no purpose and I would like to remove it from the front yard at least. What is the best way to remove part of it?

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my husband removed a chain fence in our yard with a sawzall. if you don't have one of those or don't want to diy, i'm sure a handyman or fencing contractor would come out and do it for relatively cheap

Answered 9 years ago by shelly


Bolt cutters, posts hole digger and optional saws all.

Use bolt cutters to remove fabric. Remove top rail.
Use post hole diggers and dig down on either side of posts, then start rocking the posts back and forth until you can pull out the posts.

Another option is to simply cut the posts at the base.

Hope this is helpful.

Superior Fence and Rail


Answered 8 years ago by SFence


Remove all of the fencing first, then start on the posts. Most posts do
not have as much concrete around them as you would think. Start working
the post back and forth until it is loose enough to pull out. If that
does not work, you can use a come along or a truck.


Answered 8 years ago by picketfences


A couple more tips -

If you want to take the post out with the concrete too, one easy way is to dig down about a foot till you can rock the pole a bit back and forth, then poke down and jab into the concrete at about at a 30-45 degree angle with a jim bar (5' pry bar) setting on a 3' or so piece of 2x4 or bigger (so it does not just dig into the ground) and have one person put their weight down on that while the other rocks it - that way instead of just rocking and loosening up the dirt, you have a constant upward pull at the same time, so the dirt knocked loose by the rocking drops down into the hole, letting the concrete slide up. Reset prybar to 30-45 degree angle as it comes up. Once you get it rocking and it starts to marginally move up, only takes about 5-10 seconds more rocking to pop out. Of course, this assumes the concrete is not set in bedrock or boulders.

Be careful when doing this that you don't jab yourself with the prybar - good idea to duct tape a heavy rag around the top end to dull it in case you slip while putting weight on it.

If you go the sawzall route on a metal post, take a large hammer or sledge hammer and smash down the top edge right after cutting, so you don't leave a sharp cutting edge to hurt feet or pets. Fill the cutoff pipe to the top with sand or drive in a tapered wooden plug so it is not a leg-breaker for pets.

To cut wood posts off at the top of the concrete or ground level, the sawzall definitely works fast. Milwaukee makes a 12" long, 5 tooth per inch blade they call The Axe that makes short work of that, as well as any trees or branches up to about 10". They are about $5 each in a five-pack versus the cheaper $1.50 blades, but last long, and can handle a 30 degree bend in them (to cut off flush at the surface, since saw will not lie down flush) without breaking. For metal posts, I would use the 9 inch, 14 tooth blade they call The Torch - also about $5/blade in a 5-pack. The wood blades should last about 10+ posts, the metal ones about 5 standard fence posts per blade if you don't cut into the concrete with it. One way to save a bit of money on the metal blades is to cut about 3/4 of the way through the post, then bend it over AWAY from the cut to break it, then take a hammer and bend the rough break into the remaining piece of post, then hammer all the edges down to dull them.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD


If you are just removing part of the fence, you can simply remove the tension bands at the terminal posts. If you want to remove the entire fence post, you'll have to dig out around the base to expose the concrete, rock the post back and forth until the post is loose enough to pull up.


Answered 5 years ago by osceolafence


To remove a chain-link fence, start at one end or corner post and remove the nut and bolt on the clamps that hold the fence fabric to the post. You might want to hire a profession visit for more info

Answered 10 months ago by datsonfence

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