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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 5:29 pm    Post subject: Need to replace picket fence that borders a hedge. Reply with quote

I need to replace a battered picket fence that my privet hedge grows up against.The fence uprights are 6ft apart and I want to dig them up and replace with resin posts and then set these posts in postcrete.I intend on doing this in the next few weeks whilst the hedge is at its most dormant.Will the postcrete have an adverse affect on the root system and potentially kill the hedge?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Postcrete won't make any difference to the hedge so fire away. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, would digging around the root system to get out the old posts be ok too?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It might be safer and save you some digging if you tie a rope round the bottom of the old post, get a length of 4x2 and a block to rest it on. Tip the end of the 4x2 down towards the tied rope and wind the rest of it round the 4x2. By placing the 4x2 on the block and weighing down on the other end, you'll have enough leverage to lift it straight out.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blowin wrote:
It might be safer and save you some digging if you tie a rope round the bottom of the old post, get a length of 4x2 and a block to rest it on. Tip the end of the 4x2 down towards the tied rope and wind the rest of it round the 4x2. By placing the 4x2 on the block and weighing down on the other end, you'll have enough leverage to lift it straight out.

If I was was simply sledging in the posts this would work but as Im setting the posts in concrete I have to dig a small hole.This is my concern,I will have to dig around the root system for each post whilst pouring concrete.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Privet's fairly tough so I'd just keep the holes as tight as possible and everything should be OK.

If you think you're taking away too much root, trim back the hedge a bit so it has less work to do bringing up water to the leaves.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats a relief,incidentally,does anyone know where I can get ten 6ft composite fence posts?Ive looked online and there doesnt seem to be many suppliers out there.In the UK I see they are around 12 each.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you want the black stuff? There's some firm up in Louth (or near there) do recycled black plastic. Also these in Mayo.
http://www.recycledplastic.ie/product-category/fencing/


Fancy stuff: http://www.shanettefencing.ie/wood-grain-fencing-inner.php

More fancy stuff: http://fogartypvcfencing.com/

Even more: http://www.maintenancefree.ie/

More: http://emeraldfencing.com/

Type into DuckDuckgo "Composite plastic fencing. Ireland." or
"recycled plastic fencing. Ireland."



My neighbour put this type in 35 years ago and it's still perfect, hidden inside a Leylandi hedge now, though.

Black stuff: http://www.irishrecycledproducts.ie/fencing/

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kindredspirit wrote:
Do you want the black stuff? There's some firm up in Louth (or near there) do recycled black plastic. Also these in Mayo.
http://www.recycledplastic.ie/product-category/fencing/


Fancy stuff: http://www.shanettefencing.ie/wood-grain-fencing-inner.php

More fancy stuff: http://fogartypvcfencing.com/

Even more: http://www.maintenancefree.ie/

More: http://emeraldfencing.com/

Type into DuckDuckgo "Composite plastic fencing. Ireland." or
"recycled plastic fencing. Ireland."



My neighbour put this type in 35 years ago and it's still perfect, hidden inside a Leylandi hedge now, though.

Black stuff: http://www.irishrecycledproducts.ie/fencing/

Thats the job thanks.The plan is I have some stainless angled brackets and threaded bar that Im permanently attaching to the composite uprights,the treated timber horizontal infills are then simply bolted to the brackets and easily unbolted to be painted or changed when needed.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My neighbour has both the horizontals and uprights in black plastic.

The horizontals warped very, very, slightly but have never fallen out. (it's tough stuff to saw.) Smile

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kindredspirit wrote:
My neighbour has both the horizontals and uprights in black plastic.

The horizontals warped very, very, slightly but have never fallen out. (it's tough stuff to saw.) Smile

The horizontals are a bit too pricey,I`ll just use composite posts and cheaper bolt on timber horizontals.
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