How to Get a Fence Post Out of Concrete

Updated February 21, 2017

Concrete, frequently used in construction, is cost-effective, hardy and long-lasting. Concrete can be used to strengthen the base of a fence by providing a solid material that prevents the post from moving in the ground. The downside is the fence post requires more effort to remove. Getting the post out of concrete requires a few basic tools.

Grip the fence post firmly with both hands and wiggle it back and forth to see if you can loosen it and pull it out. Wear protective gloves for wooden posts to prevent slivers and improve grip.

Use a heavy sledgehammer to pound the concrete around the fence post to potentially loosen the concrete enough so you can wiggle out the post.

Wedge a pry bar between the fence post and the concrete base to further loosen the post to make it easier to remove.

Shovel around the concrete if the concrete is only at the base of the fence post. You can dig up both the fence post and the concrete base support, since both will need to be replaced if you are switching out the fence post.

Use the sledgehammer to pound away the concrete from the fence post, if necessary, after removing both from the ground. Work carefully as flying concrete can cause injury.


Wear protecting goggles and gloves when working with a sledgehammer.

Things You'll Need

  • Protective gloves
  • Sledgehammer
  • Pry bar
  • Shovel
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Michael Davidson started writing screenplays in 2003 and has had a screenplay professionally produced. He has also studied martial arts since 1990 and has worked as a licensed security specialist. Davidson has written articles for various websites. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising.