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    Default Metpost Repair Spur?

    After the high winds last week I noticed that one of my 75x75mm fence posts had broken. Its going to be a complete PITA to dig out the remains of the old post and the concrete and whilst at B&Q today noticed they sell Metpost Repair Spurs. Anyone actually used one of these before and are they any good?

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    You might have trouble getting that metpost to go through the concrete already there.
    Id dig a hole next to the post then use a concrete spur bolted to the original post, and then set the concrete spur using postcrete.

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    I've used them for actually putting the posts in, in the first place and they are good. You will still have to dig the old post and concrete out anyway though - as they still need buried in the ground, where the broken post is.

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    they are designed to fit between the timber and the concrete http://www.metpost.co.uk/mp_repair.html
    may not always be suitable though

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    Ah - opps different ones!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hideous View Post
    they are designed to fit between the timber and the concrete http://www.metpost.co.uk/mp_repair.html
    may not always be suitable though
    Yea thats the way I was going to do it.

    @ghost rider, I wondered how good the long spikes would be in the ground and was thinking that the repair spike should be as good as at least it would be going down between solid wood and concrete.
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    Whatever wood from the old post is left in the concrete, just use a large drill bit to break it up. It will then come out easily, and you can just slot a new post in!!

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    haven't used it myself, but the "metpost repair" looks like a good solution to me and has favourable reviews. When bludgeoned in properly - that isn't going to go anywhere.
    Only thing I'd watch out for is the condition of the concrete. If that appears sound this should work great.
    And if the remaining wood is very badly rotten, obviously this method isn't suitable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DasArab View Post
    Yea thats the way I was going to do it.

    @ghost rider, I wondered how good the long spikes would be in the ground and was thinking that the repair spike should be as good as at least it would be going down between solid wood and concrete.

    I used 'similar' ones. They had a ponited end and were formed to a spike. I had to remove the concrete though. You may find it difficult to move the fence post enough though, in order to get this repair spike in. That's why i dug out underneath, fixed the spike to the remaining post, filled up with postcreate (great stuff - fill the hole 1/2 with water then pour it in) and job done. I did 3 posts about 3 years ago and they are still standing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sol View Post
    Whatever wood from the old post is left in the concrete, just use a large drill bit to break it up. It will then come out easily, and you can just slot a new post in!!
    That is what I have done in the past.

    Its as strong as it was originally then.

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