Backyard retaining wall & fence project #3: 65' long x 3' high x 12" deep excavated. About to remove first cement post footing

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Blog entry by Holbs posted 05-31-2020 02:22 AM 655 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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We have had 95+ degree days lately so did not want to push my 50 year old body too much. Dug 6” down here and there. Finally, all 65’ excavated:

I still have all cement footings to tackle next (4 broke off at the base due to rot, the other 6 I left 3’ of 4×6 post to work with). I cheated by using my power washer to see what I am up against. This is not your ordinary fence post cement footing. Looks like 20” square, diamond shaped, and a good 24” deep. This thing will weigh 90 tons. I could not exert any more force on my Hi-Lift jack so I know this amount of concrete is going to be an issue (granted, I know I have not excavated totally around the cement which could be the issue). Might have to drill some Bosch Bulldog 1/2” or 3/4” masonry drill bit holes and buy a sledgehammer. These cement footings are not in a location where I can do the throw chain over tire and hook to truck, option.

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#1 posted 05-31-2020 06:07 AM

That looks like a ton of work. I don’t envy you! But I’m sure you’ll feel good when it’s all done.


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