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On 11/10/2018 at 13:06, DanBous said:

I hired a post puller. It was literally awesome...the 4ton of uplift made light work of all the posts, and those that were rotted off, the claw attachment just winched the whole column of concrete out in one go.
I thoughts I'd just hire one when needed but I've actually ordered one now emoji4.png didn't really want to spend 2k on that but it's not a lot in the grand scheme.. will save hours and hours in the future emoji106.png

I have used them and they are great but god, domestically, when can you actually use one in the field of work is literally 20% of the time.

 

Random fact. The dryer concrete is when you mix it and apply it the harder it will cure. Every now and then some old boy has gone old school and fitted a fence properly 20 odd years ago probably and made mixes ultra dry to make the posts stay put almost immediately. They are a bugger to break and you want a post puller on them. Can be hours of hard labour to break a single post out if concrete is plentiful and was put in dry as hell. 

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My favourite "ranting" topic, sloppy wet "self-levelling" concrete.

Optimium water/cement ratio is only 0.4(from recall) which is to say that for every 25kg bag of cement one should only add 10kg=10 litres of water, assuming the sand is bone dry.

This sloppy wet magic self-levelling concrete is why so many lanes and yards break up in 10 years or less.

Properly specified and mixed concrete should be good for much longer.

But it is a proper bastard to shovel and level. 

marcus

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