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fencing across stony rocky pasture with little topsoil

 
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lowri



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 12 1:46 am    Post subject: fencing across stony rocky pasture with little topsoil  Reply with quote    

One of my boundary fences runs over shaly ground with rock below surface. It's on a shallow bank. The original fence has wooden posts, put in (heaven knows how) about 30 years ago. They are leaning.
I shall have to lose a bit of land but would metal fence posts do? The old fence is eroded by next door's sheep snuggling up to the bank.
I only want it to last about 10 years'max, hope to have moved on by then. Any experiences/suggestions?

Bungo



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 12 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I had a similar problem with fence posts , I used a super heavy steel spike/pry bar thingy to make the pilot holes , though it was reallt frustrating , as I kept getting close to the depth I wanted then hitting unpassable material. I had over a 100 posts, it took a couple of weeks, not including the time I had off due to the hole I put through my hand
What about pulling up the old posts and reusing the holes?Or can you ram hardcore down the sides of the wonky posts.

Good luck

crofter



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 12 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I would leave the old fence where it is, if it is still stockproof. Or hire a professional fencer. If you do it yourself you need a pinch bar like Bungo decribes and a heavy mell - the heavier the better.

Nick



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 12 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If you do need one of those spiky bar things, B&Q do them for about 25. V handy.

three ravens



Joined: 12 Oct 2011
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Location: aberaeron wales
PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 12 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

try: chas, field brothers in ciliau aeron they should be able to help. if you need their number let me know

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 12 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've got nothing constructive to add but it's good to see the question covered in the clasic Farming with Dynamite

gz



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 12 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Don't do it yourself- I'm still regretting the damage I did by doing too much myself on my (very small) smallholding.

RichardW



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 12 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Get a contractor to put the posts in & then add the fencing wire yourself.

lowri



Joined: 18 Oct 2006
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Location: ceredigion
PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 12 6:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think a contractor for only 3 posts is a bit extreme on my budget! At the moment I have a temporary electric fence - and it's possible the heifers have moved on, in 20 acres of up and down hilly pasture they may not bother to come up here very often!
I know the Field bros, 3 ravens, they are very good but it would cost a bit to get them here, let alone doing the job!
Where would one get metal posts from? I was reading about them on the Net, but it was a US site!
Thanks everybody, anyway. I have a hand auger, various folding bars, etc, but am "waiting for the weather" now!

oldish chris



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 12 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

http://www.drystone-walling.co.uk/courses.htm with abundant stones and a life of 100+ years,

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