How to build your own fence post puller

Written by elizabeth knoll | 13/05/2017
How to build your own fence post puller
Remove your old wood or vinyl fence posts with a homemade fence post puller. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Fence post pullers cost between £26 and £39 as of 2011. Save your money and build a homemade fence post puller with some scrap 2-by-4 boards and a pile of bricks. Posts that are not mounted in concrete often come out easily when you simultaneously wiggle and lift. However, posts mounted in a concrete foot become almost impossible to pull out of the ground with strength alone; you need some leverage. You could dig out each concrete footing with a shovel, but this takes a lot of time and energy. A homemade fence puller will save time and prevent sore arms.

Pile three or four bricks 8 to 12 inches in front of the fence post.

Cut a scrap 2-by-4 into two 6-inch boards with a handsaw. Hold the boards together and lower the top board 2 to 3 inches lower than the bottom board. Put a Phillips driver bit into a drill and screw the two boards together.

Hold the boards against the fence post; face the lower board out. Keep the higher board's bottom edge slightly lower than the brick pile's height. Drive long deck screws through both boards and into the fence post.

Place a 6-foot 2-by-4 in the gap between the lower board and the fence post. Rest the board's edge against the brick pile. Pull down on the board to lift the post out of the ground. Back out the deck screws and move the homemade fence post puller to another post.

Things you need

  • Bricks
  • 2-by-4-inch boards
  • Phillips driver bit
  • Drill
  • Deck screws

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