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Sometimes, things don’t go as planned. The post replacement story.

Sometimes, things don’t go as planned.

Sometimes that’s ok.

A homeowner called us recently looking for a post replacement. He bought some shade sails a few years ago and installed them himself. The post he had used was a bit too small and tipped in after a few years and a big storm.

We visited the site and surveyed the area, it was obvious that the original post was too small. We ordered a new post and showed up ready to work. We felt like this would be a good opportunity to document a quick post installation and add to our YouTube collection of How-To videos, so our photographer tagged along for the day.

The first step was to remove the old post. This proved to be rather difficult and we broke some minor equipment (just a ratchet strap) trying to remove it.

Once that was out of the way, we began to dig. But the digger wouldn’t go much deeper. Turns out the footing for the retaining wall next to the post was much wider than we thought and we couldn’t get through the concrete. So, we had to come up with a plan. We ended up going with a wider footing and using rebar to attach to the existing concrete footing for the wall.

While we were able to work around these issues and ultimately the post was replaced, the job completed, and the customer was happy, the job took a lot longer than it was supposed to and was a bit more expensive than it needed to be. We had to purchase extra rebar and epoxy. We needed more concrete than originally planned. We did use the auger to help pull up the old post, but we couldn't use the digger in the end and had to dig by hand. It took a full three days, rather than two half days.

In the end, we ended up with a good post replacement video, setbacks and all, to share with people wondering how to install a post. The customer was happy and we were pretty satisfied with how it all turned out. Even though the post replacement didn’t go as planned, it all worked out ok in the end, and we would definitely do it again.

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