Heartland Post & Pole https://heartlandpostandpole.com Post & Fencing Contractors in Idaho Mon, 26 Aug 2019 16:27:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.3 https://heartlandpostandpole.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/cropped-favicon-1-32x32.png Heartland Post & Pole https://heartlandpostandpole.com 32 32 How to Generate More Interest in your Airbnb Property https://heartlandpostandpole.com/generate-interest-in-your-airbnb-property/ https://heartlandpostandpole.com/generate-interest-in-your-airbnb-property/#respond Mon, 26 Aug 2019 16:27:33 +0000 https://heartlandpostandpole.com/?p=869 Let’s face it, Airbnb has revolutionized the way people travel. Here are some ideas on how to generate more interest in your Airbnb property.

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Let’s face it, Airbnb has revolutionized the way people travel.

Now, instead of automatically making reservations at an area hotel, travelers have the option of staying in a privately-owned property. That’s a boon for travelers. On the other hand, what can help those who operate an Airbnb property to get more traffic?

Here are some ideas on how to generate more interest in your Airbnb property.

First, let’s begin with a story of our own. In our area, we were contacted by an Airbnb property owner to help them distinguish their home from others on the market.

These owners thought it would really amp up the charm of their house to add a fence. They were right.

Once we completed the 2-rail decorative fence, the curb appeal went through the roof. We can’t wait to hear how their next year’s bookings take off.

What is Airbnb?

Airbnb was founded in 2008 as way for hosts and travelers to list their spaces and book unique stays anywhere on Earth. The range of accommodation spaces is vast, spanning anything from a single room in someone’s home to an entire estate for rent for short- or long-term stays.

Some of the more unique properties include a castle in Ireland, a windmill in Amsterdam, a plane or cave in France, a Wyoming sheep wagon, an Atlanta treehouse, or a traditional Tatami room in Osaka, Japan.

In addition, guests can also book an experience or a restaurant through Airbnb. Experiences might include wine tasting, cooking classes, scuba diving, nature, culture, history or food tours, for example.

Hosts for experiences offer unique access to places and activities in their own cities, towns and villages around the world.

Tips to Generate More Interest in Your Airbnb Property

If you don’t have the most unique property on the planet, you can still generate interest for those people looking to book a stay in your area.

Here are some tips to generate more interest in your Airbnb property.

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Rev up the curb appeal.

People often make their choice based on how your property looks, and the first impression is the outside, or what we call curb appeal. Make your property look warm and inviting with fresh landscaping and flowers, and perhaps a cute fence!
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Be clean.

Nothing turns away a potential guest more than clutter or unclean-looking spaces. Earn “superhost” status by responding quickly to guests and keeping things clean.
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Get great pictures.

People are visual and will book the property that looks the most inviting. Invest in hiring a professional photographer, and post a good number of pictures of the room and the outside of your property. Show pictures of where people will be sleeping; that’s what they’re there for, and include any unique things your property offers. Great pictures can sell your listing over and over.

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Unclutter.

People want a neutral space when booking a stay. Make guests feel comfortable by offering clean lines and open spaces where they can put their travel gear. Stick with neutral colors and generic artwork on the walls.
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Be honest.

Don’t try to hype up your property or exaggerate its virtues. You don’t want to get bad reviews from guests who expected more than they received.

Need to “Cute Up” Your Airbnb Property? Contact Heartland Post & Pole.

We weren’t surprised at how much the cute fence increased the curb appeal around one of our local Airbnb properties, and we can show you how revving up the curb appeal at your own property or personal home can do the same.

Just driving up every evening will put a smile on your face!

 Heartland Post & Pole offers a wide variety of fencing products for homes, farms and commercial properties located in and around Horseshoe Bend, Idaho that can both beautify and protect.

Check out our fencing products on our website, or visit us to talk about how to increase your curb appeal. Contact us today.

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Heartland Post & Pole Provides Fencing for Horseshoe Bend Park https://heartlandpostandpole.com/heartland-post-pole-provides-fencing-for-horseshoe-bend-park/ https://heartlandpostandpole.com/heartland-post-pole-provides-fencing-for-horseshoe-bend-park/#respond Mon, 22 Jul 2019 18:20:51 +0000 https://heartlandpostandpole.com/?p=775 The post Heartland Post & Pole Provides Fencing for Horseshoe Bend Park appeared first on Heartland Post & Pole.

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Horseshoe Bend Park is a little bit safer and more beautiful with the addition of three-rail fencing provided by Heartland Post & Pole. The post and rail fence helps to enclose the outdoor play areas that include picnic pavilions, swingsets and a playground merry go round.

The Park is located between Boise and Ada Streets off Highway 55 in Horseshoe Bend, Idaho. Owned by the city, it provides green space for relaxation and recreation within the city limits.

“We love the fact that our post and rail fencing adds a natural element to the Horseshoe Bend Park,” said Sterling Jaquith, owner of Heartland Post & Pole. “The wood blends in with the green environment while providing that protective barrier delineating the park’s boundaries.”

About Horseshoe Bend, Idaho

Horseshoe Bend is the largest city in rural Boise County, Idaho and was named for the horseshoe-shaped U-turn in the nearby Payette River. It is part of the Boise City-Nampa, Idaho Metropolitan Statistical area.

The area around Horseshoe Bend was originally settled by gold miners who used it as a staging area alongside the river while waiting for the snow to melt at the higher elevations. Gold had been discovered here in 1862.

After the gold rush, the community was named Warrinersville, paying home to a local sawmill operator. It became a prosperous logging and ranching community, especially after the completion of the railroad lines in 1913 from Emmett to Long Valley along the Payette River.

Heartland Post & Pole’s Post and Rail Fencing

As a local family-owned company, Heartland Post & Pole is pleased to be able to provide premier fencing for our area’s parks, residences, farms, business and communities throughout Idaho’s Treasure Valley.

Our clients know that we will provide top-quality products and professional installation. Your fence dimensions are precisely measured to ensure they are exactly the right size. Check out our many types of fencing products that include 2-, 3- and 4-rail fencing, top rail fencing, lag on fencing, gates, entryways and custom work.

All of our post & pole products are manufactured right here in our own facility, created with the highest standards possible, and treated with ACQ treatment. We can ship materials throughout the U.S. Let us know if you would like us to bid on fencing for your property. Contact us today.

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Heartland Post & Pole Provides Fencing for the College of Western Idaho https://heartlandpostandpole.com/fencing-for-the-college-of-western-idaho/ https://heartlandpostandpole.com/fencing-for-the-college-of-western-idaho/#respond Mon, 15 Jul 2019 15:47:01 +0000 https://heartlandpostandpole.com/?p=761 Heartland Post & Pole was pleased to be chosen to provide fencing for the College of Western Idaho, located in Boise, ID.

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Heartland Post & Pole was pleased to be chosen to provide fencing for the College of Western Idaho, located in Boise, ID.

We were challenged with the task of preventing deer and elk from entering the campus garden areas. After reviewing the property, we determined that this required a minimum of an eight-foot wire fence. In some places, eight foot heights would be enough, so we installed 16-feet sections in those areas. The eight- and 16-foot standard posts supporting the wire fencing were installed three feet into the ground for additional stability.

The college project is an extension of the Idaho Botanical Garden project we recently completed around the Garden’s outdoor park area. The college and the Garden share a campus.

“We have many deer and elk in our area who love to eat our gardens. By protecting the growing areas with fencing for the College of Western Idaho, we not only got to create a safe and aesthetic environment for the school, in a way, we feel as if we are supporting the college’s horticulture program as well,” said Sterling Jaquith, owner of Heartland Post & Pole.

About the College of Western Idaho

The College of Western Idaho is a community college with campuses in Boise and Nampa, ID and an annual enrollment of more than 31,600 students. Classes are also offered at community locations throughout the Treasure Valley.

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Did you know?

Prior to its founding in 2007 with a grant from the Albertson Foundation, Boise was one of the largest metropolitan areas without a community college.

Students enjoy campus life and engage in more than 30 student clubs, including one focusing on horticulture. The college also offers a Horticulture Technology degree program, with classes held at its horticulture facility adjacent to the Idaho Botanical Garden.

Classrooms are housed in an early 1900s home and the facility features two modern greenhouses and more than 20 acres of growing fields. Students can study the more than 1,000 plant species available in the Garden.

Post and Rail Fences from Heartland Post & Pole

Heartland Post & Pole is the premier fencing company serving residential, farm and commercial properties in Idaho’s Treasure Valley. We make all the posts and rails at our facility, and choose styles that enhance your property while protecting or enclosing it.

We do your project right, and guarantee our products and service with not one, but 7 Heartland Guarantees!

Please contact us to learn about our fencing and gate products.

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Heartland Post & Pole Installs Fencing for Idaho Botanical Garden https://heartlandpostandpole.com/fencing-for-idaho-botanical-garden/ https://heartlandpostandpole.com/fencing-for-idaho-botanical-garden/#respond Thu, 20 Jun 2019 14:22:08 +0000 https://heartlandpostandpole.com/?p=748 Heartland Post & Pole was selected as the fencing company to install fencing for the Idaho Botanical Garden. Our fencing complements the scenery while providing safety and security.

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Heartland Post & Pole was selected as the fencing company to install fencing for the Idaho Botanical Garden. The three-rail post and rail fence was installed around the Garden’s outdoor park area, Outlaw Field.

“The 3-rail pole fence is the most common type of fence we install, and offers a classic, traditional look to any property,” said Sterling Jaquith, owner of Heartland Post & Pole. “The native look of the wooden posts and rails fit in perfectly with the park’s natural surroundings, making it an ideal choice.”

About the Idaho Botanical Gardens

The Idaho Botanical Garden is a private, non-profit corporation established on a 33-acre leased site on the former location of the Idaho State Penitentiary.

It was established in 1984 when on opening day, local industrialist Jack Simplot planted the first tree, a 20-foot northern red oak. This tree stands today in the Meditation Garden. More than 7,000 plants, mostly donated, were planted within the first two years, with a focus on plants native to or sustainable in the intermountain region of the Rocky Mountains.

Located next to the College of Western Idaho near the Boise Foothills, The Idaho Botanical Garden provides an educational environment within a full garden experience appropriate for all ages. Visitors can learn about nature through a variety of plant collections, art installations, educational programs and entertainment options as they stroll through some of the 12 unique gardens. There is also a garden shop!

Throughout the year, the Garden hosts a variety of annual events including symposiums, members-only events, garden parties, holiday celebrations, and festivals. During the summer months, the Idaho Botanical Garden also features the Outlaw Field Summer Concert Series® featuring some of our nation’s best musical artists and the Great Garden Escape Concert Series.

Post and Rail Fences from Heartland Post & Pole

Heartland Post & Pole has been honored to be the fencing company of choice for some of Idaho’s landmark parks, and would be just as honored to install fencing for your home, farm or commercial property.

You’ll love the natural look of wooden posts, poles and rails that complement our Idaho scenery while providing the safety and security for which they are intended. Our posts and poles are handmade right here in our facility and installed professionally on your property for long-lasting results.

Please visit our website to learn about all the types of fencing and gates available.

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Heartland Post & Pole Installs Fencing for Reid Merrill Park in Eagle, ID https://heartlandpostandpole.com/heartland-post-and-pole-fencing-for-reid-merrill-park/ https://heartlandpostandpole.com/heartland-post-and-pole-fencing-for-reid-merrill-park/#respond Fri, 17 May 2019 11:16:46 +0000 https://heartlandpostandpole.com/?p=721 Heartland Post & Pole was honored to be chosen to replace and install all the fencing for Reid W. Merrill Sr. Community Park in Eagle, Idaho.

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Heartland Post & Pole was honored to be chosen to replace and install all the fencing for Reid W. Merrill Sr. Community Park in Eagle, Idaho. The wooden 2-rail pole fencing, commonly used for decorative landscaping, helps maintain the natural feel of the park while creating barriers and boundaries.

“This is such a beautiful park. We wanted to ensure that the installed fencing enhanced the aesthetics of the green spaces and river views,” said Sterling Jaquith, owner of Heartland Post & Pole. “The 2-rail pole fencing added just enough bordering while allowing open views of the park and beyond. We are happy to have contributed to this project and encourage everyone to get out and enjoy the park.”

See photos of Reid Merrill Park and our fencing on Facebook! 

The Reid W. Merrill Sr. Community Park

The Reid Merrill Park consists of nine acres in the heart of the Eagle River development. It features direct access to the Boise River Greenbelt and plays a central role in the Eagle community. Construction on the community park itself was completed in March, 2003.

In addition to the features listed below, events including an annual Baldapalooza concert event to raise funds for Camp Rainbow Gold that hosts children with cancer, and the Eagle Haunted Woods, a Halloween tradition held by the Eagle Fire Department. Every year on Memorial Day, the park hosts a “Flags of Honor” display set up by Nancy Merrill to honor Reid’s service in the army, along with all others who served. In 2018, 600 flags honored veterans and current service members in the tribute that was lit throughout the night.

 

Features of the Reid Merrill Park include:

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A children’s play area with a splash pad and climbing wall

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Wet and riparian areas

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History of Reid Merrill Park

During high school is when Reid Merrill began his career, working at his uncle’s poultry farm and hatchery. After graduation, he studied at the University of Idaho, while still working at the farm. In 1942, he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, and returned to the farm to work.

Five years later, the University offered Merrill employment as Poultry Specialist. He knew he wanted to put his experience to work, so in 1953, he purchased 200 baby chicks and a 5-acre tract of land just east of Eagle, ID. He converted a straw-filled barn into one of his first laying houses and began his dream of owning an egg farm. He named it Merrill’s Egg Farm. The farm featured a massive rooster mascot named “Sparky” that stood at the entrance.

In 1989, an electrical fire started in one of the buildings and resulted in a total loss of the farm. Merrill moved the operation to 400 acres he had purchased nearby, and rebuilt. What is now known as Merrill Park was his generous donation to the community that supported both his farm and his family for more than 50 years.

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Learn more about Merrill’s Egg Farm!

At the peak of its production, the operation owned more than 500,000 laying hens. It was the largest poultry producer in the Northwest and supplied eggs to local grocery stores and restaurants. To commemorate its early history, a large rooster statue was installed at the park surrounded by placards displaying the history of Merrill’s Egg Farm. Reid Merrill Park is located at 637 E. Shore Drive, Eagle, Idaho 83616.

Need Decorating Fencing for your Landscaping?

Call Heartland Post & Pole.

When you need beautiful, high-quality fencing like the ones we installed at Reid Merrill Park, turn to Heartland Post & Pole. We provide a complete range of fencing for home, farm and commercial use and guarantee the highest-quality products and the best installation for all of our products, delivered on time and on budget. Explore our fencing products and styles. We’ll help you choose the one that suits your view and your needs. Contact us today for a free estimate.

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Fence Maintenance Tips https://heartlandpostandpole.com/fence-maintenance-tips/ https://heartlandpostandpole.com/fence-maintenance-tips/#respond Thu, 25 Apr 2019 12:48:12 +0000 https://heartlandpostandpole.com/?p=680 The post Fence Maintenance Tips appeared first on Heartland Post & Pole.

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Now that spring is upon us, it’s time to think about the seasonal chores that need to be done to maintain your fence. After all, you don’t want the livestock finding a weak spot in your fence line and escaping to cause damage to property or harm to themselves.

Here are a few fence maintenance and repair tips for a springtime “health” check.

Posts & Poles

Melting snow leaves the ground soggy, which can cause fence posts and poles to become loose in the soil. Ensure that these supports are sturdy and have not shifted. In addition, perform a visual inspection to see if any are leaning. 

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Check for damage along your fence line from snow plows. Hidden beneath the snow, fence posts and poles are hard to see and can be damaged, broken or uprooted during winter months.

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For vinyl fencing, check for splitting and cracking and replace damaged sections.

Rails and Wires

Winter’s storms can wreak havoc on fence rails, with heavy snow and ice accumulation, and fallen trees and limbs. Ensure that rails are secure and have not fallen out of place or been broken. Look for split rails or posts and replace damaged ones with new.

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Check to make sure that fencing wire is secure and without damage or holes. Refasten loose wire and replace damaged sections. Ensure fence wires are properly stretched and taut. Look for rusted areas that could create a weak spot in your wire fencing.

Minor Fence Maintenance Tips

While you’re walking the fence line, check for minor problems like nails that have worked themselves out of place or finishes that need to be touched up. Spring is a good time to provide your yearly washing, sealing, staining or painting for wooden fences. Vinyl fences can be cleaned with warm water and an environmentally-friendly cleaning solution that won’t harm nearby plants and grass.

Related: How to Maintain a Wood Fence 

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Remove dead or dormant vegetation and vines around fences to prevent new growth throughout the warmer months that can add additional weight to your fence. Lop off damaged or overhanging limbs and trim shrubbery to allow space between plants and your fence.

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Look for areas where mold or mildew may have set it. If found, clean those areas, and wash away dirt and grime. This will help extend the life of your fence and help you avoid fence repair later on.

Create a Spring Maintenance Checklist

Create a checklist to make sure you cover all of the spring fence maintenance tips. Note which areas need fence repair or maintenance. This will help you to gather the necessary tools and supplies more efficiently.

Contact Heartland Post & Pole

At Heartland Post & Pole, we provide fence maintenance tips to help you keep your fence secure. If you’d like us to provide fence repair or maintenance for you, we’ll be glad to do so. We can repair or replace broken posts, poles, rails and wire. And don’t forget, we can also provide you with a new fence!

Heartland Post & Pole is more than just a company, we’re part of your community. As a locally-owned business, we care about our neighbors and our team and treat both customers and employees as if they were members of our family. And we take pride in our work. We promise that your fence will look amazing!

Learn more about Heartland Post & Pole through our introductory video! And contact us today for fence repair or maintenance, or a new fence, posts or poles.

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Farm Animal Safety Tips https://heartlandpostandpole.com/farm-animal-safety-tips/ https://heartlandpostandpole.com/farm-animal-safety-tips/#respond Thu, 25 Apr 2019 12:21:30 +0000 https://heartlandpostandpole.com/?p=639 The post Farm Animal Safety Tips appeared first on Heartland Post & Pole.

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Keeping your farm animals from harm is one of the reasons we wanted to talk about farm animal safety tips. Since animals are unpredictable, it is up to you to protect them—and yourself—with proper fencing.

Fencing Safety Tips for Small Farm Animals

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Wire

You’ll want to ensure that the wire hole aperture size is smaller than your animals’ appendages, especially their head and legs. You don’t want your animal to get hung up in the wire and break a leg, or worse, suffocate as it struggles to get loose.

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Fence Height

Farm animal safety tips also include also include fence height. Many animals can escape from a too-short fence. Chickens can fly over a two-rail fence of 36” in height, and even puppies can climb or jump over a two-rail fence.

Fencing Safety Tips for Medium Farm Animals (Goats, Pigs, Sheep)

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Wire

Look at the wire thickness to ensure that it is substantially thick enough to withstand an animal’s weight. At Heartland Post & Pole, we recommend a minimum of a 14-gauge wire for medium-sized farm animals.

If you raise goats, make sure that the fence wire is installed between the wood and the goats, as goats love to chew on wood posts. This way the wire can protect the wood. Electric fencing is popular for goat enclosures.

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Fence Height

If your animals can jump, you’ll want to vary the fence height based on how high they can clear. For sheep, it is important to protect them from predators like coyotes. A recommended fence height is 39 inches.

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Fence Quality

Because medium-sized farm animals have some heft to them, it is important to maintain the quality of your fencing. Their sheer weight could compromise your fence should they lean, rub or jump against it. Check regularly for damaged posts or rails, or holes in wire fencing.

Fencing Safety Tips for Large Farm Animals (Horses and Cattle)

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Wire

Choose a minimum of a 12-gauge wire and a minimum of 2” width for aperture holes in a wire fence.

For horses, avoid barbed wire, especially low-lying barbed wire. Horses can easily get their legs wrapped in the barbed wire and may become lame as a result.

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Fence Height

Since horses are likely to jump a fence rather than go under it, the recommended minimum fence height is five feet, or at eye level to the horse. We recommend a five-foot-tall fence for cattle as well.

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Fence Quality

Verify the structural integrity of your fence to ensure that it is solid enough to withstand a large animal’s weight. If there is a concern, you might want to install a hot wire, also known as an electric fence. Ask us about solar-powered hot wires!

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Be aware of muddy areas in your animal housing areas. Wet soil can cause fence posts to become loose, which can allow large animals to easily push them over. If you discover loose posts, fence off that area for the animals’ safety until the ground dries or posts can be better secured.

General Safety Tips

Farm animal safety tips range beyond animals to those working with them. Here are a few quick guidelines to ensure your own safety.

  • Remain calm when working around farm animals, and avoid sudden movements and loud noises.
  • Wear steel-toed shoes when working with large animals.
  • Livestock can easily become frightened, especially when they feel trapped or become isolated from the herd. They may rush you or inadvertently act in a way that could put you in jeopardy. Protect yourself with planned escape route gates in the fencing that are just large enough to allow you to pass through but not the animal.

Ask Heartland Post & Pole

Heartland Post & Pole does more than just build fences; we care about the people and animals in our community. That’s why we wanted to offer these farm animal safety tips. If you have questions about what type of fence would be best for your animals, ask us.

Mastering the craft of building a fence, we hand-craft each post and pole to work with your particular needs, and ensure that the final result will be a high-quality and attractive enclosure. We guarantee our work with our 7-part Heartland Guarantee.

Whether you already have a fence or need one designed and built, contact us for a free estimate.

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Fence Repair: How to Get a Fence Post Out of the Ground https://heartlandpostandpole.com/how-to-get-fence-post-out-of-ground/ https://heartlandpostandpole.com/how-to-get-fence-post-out-of-ground/#respond Thu, 17 Jan 2019 22:29:45 +0000 https://heartlandpostandpole.com/?p=489 The post Fence Repair: How to Get a Fence Post Out of the Ground appeared first on Heartland Post & Pole.

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A sturdy fence is only as good as its posts. So it stands to reason that if a fence post is damaged, it should be removed or replaced. But that may not be as easy as you think. Let’s look at how to get a fence post out of the ground.

Why a Fence Post Needs Removal

The main reason a fence post needs to be removed or replace is that it has rotted; it is no longer structurally sound. Other reasons why you should get a fence post out of the ground include: it is falling over, it wiggles more than a few inches, it was damaged by snow plows or vehicles, or it has sustained storm damage, as from falling tree limbs.

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What are the Tools You Need?

The basic tools are:

  • Shovel
  • Tamping bar
  • Digging bar
  • Hoe
  • Carpenter’s level
  • Post hole digger (optional)

IMPORTANT NOTE:

If you are using big digging equipment to get a fence post out of the ground you must call the DigLine at *811 at least two days prior to digging, and up to 10 days prior. The DigLine is a free service in Idaho that provides a one-call notification to all public utility companies, allowing them to mark their utility lines with paint or stakes prior to any excavation work. Beyond the potential danger of cutting through a gas or electrical line, you may be responsible for legal and financial costs of the damage otherwise. You must also be careful to avoid damaging sprinkler lines along your fence line.

How to Remove a Fence Post in 6 Steps

1. Identify the post to be removed.

Is it rotted, falling over, or does it have some other visible problem?

2. Decide which side of the fence to work on.

3. Dig along the post, but only on one side, to create a hole approximately 12 inches wide towards you, and 6 inches deeper than needed.

4. Use a digging bar to go deeper into the soil, and a hoe to remove the soil from the hole.

5. Lift the loosened fence post out of the ground.

6. To pull the rails out of the post, tilt the post towards you while lifting it up at the same time.

Potential Problems When Removing a Fence Post

Concrete Footing. If the post has a concrete footing, you will need to use the digging bar to break up the concrete. Remove the concrete before attempting to remove the post.
Broken Post. If the post is broken off at or below ground level, and you cannot easily remove the stub, then wrap a small strap around the post stub and pull upwards once it is mostly freed. Most posts break about 6-8 inches below ground.

Related: How to Remove a Wood Fence Post that is Broken Off at Ground Level

Installing a New Fence Post

1. Before putting in a new fence post, clean out any remaining wood, rotted post or concrete from the hole.

2. Insert the new post and tamp the dirt around it at least two different times as you fill in the hole. This will add stability to the new post.

3. Use the carpenter’s level to ensure that the new post is installed plumb vertically.

4. We recommend that you don’t use concrete to create a footer unless the post is being used on the hinge side of a gate. Concrete will trap water around the post and create wood rot.

Let Heartland Post & Pole Do Your Fence Work

Getting a fence post out of the ground is much easier when you contact Heartland Post & Pole to do it for you. We’re specialists in pole and fence installation in the Treasure Valley of Idaho.

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