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Old December 11, 2016   #1
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Total time 3 hours from buying material to finish project.
The hole is 2 feet 6 inches deep and 12 inches wide.
2 80 pound bags of 5000 psi concrete.
Looks like a good spot for a cactus.
This puppy is dead plumb both ways and it will stay that way.
More stonework later.
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Total time 3 hours from buying material to finish project.
The hole is 2 feet 6 inches deep and 12 inches wide.
2 80 pound bags of 5000 psi concrete.
Looks like a good spot for a cactus.
This puppy is dead plumb both ways and it will stay that way.
More stonework later.
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Great job Worth . Reflector good idea too!
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Great job Worth . Reflector good idea too!
Thank you the numbers are reflective too and on both sides as well as the red reflector.

I haven't had a mailbox at the house in over 10 years.
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Looks really good Worth.

That soil looks familiar. It's the same color as the clay I dug out around the tree in the backyard to plant onions the other day.
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Looks really good Worth.

That soil looks familiar. It's the same color as the clay I dug out around the tree in the backyard to plant onions the other day.
Thanks I was waiting for some rain so it wouldn't be like concrete.
I didn't even need a bar just the post hole diggers and I only hit 2 petrified potato rocks.

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Are you far enough south that you don't have to put gravel in the hole underneath the post and concrete, for the sake of water freezing under it?

I was skeptical of the idea at first, but for my most recent posts in the garden, I haven't bothered even mixing the quikrete. I just dump the dry stuff in the hole and add water on top. It's the lazy man's way, but it works, at least in my damp clay soil.
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Fence dude told me one time to put few inches of gravel in bottom of hole for drain and have quickcrete a little above the top of ground for runoff but yours will be there till the cows come home for sure ! Lol. Jimbo.
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Are you far enough south that you don't have to put gravel in the hole underneath the post and concrete, for the sake of water freezing under it?

I was skeptical of the idea at first, but for my most recent posts in the garden, I haven't bothered even mixing the quikrete. I just dump the dry stuff in the hole and add water on top. It's the lazy man's way, but it works, at least in my damp clay soil.

It hasn't froze the ground here since the last ice age.
I cant even remember the top of the ground freezing.

As far as the dry dump of the concrete I didn't do that because it doesn't live up to it's reputation as a good pour.

What I did about 6 times was dump water mix and dump water mix again in the big hole.
This allowed for a nice mix all the way to the top and I had standing water when I was done.
That is all gone now and it is setting up.

I have 3 foot 6 inches out of the ground and 2 foot 6 inches in the ground with a 160 pound plug of concrete on the end of it.
This surpasses engendering standards for a cantilever.

If someone hits that post on purpose they are in for a rude awakening.

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Looks great!

But I think my eyes are playing tricks on me again...I think I see a smiley face in the reflector.
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Fence dude told me one time to put few inches of gravel in bottom of hole for drain and have quickcrete a little above the top of ground for runoff but yours will be there till the cows come home for sure ! Lol. Jimbo.
The next stage I will go up farther with the concrete about 1 foot poured in a form.
When the treated wood dries out I will paint it yellow with oil based paint.

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Looks great!

But I think my eyes are playing tricks on me again...I think I see a smiley face in the reflector.
I see it too.
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I see it too.
Oh good! It not just me
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The Skill saw I bought in 1983 and it is still going strong after many projects and more than paid for itself.
It is all ball bearing and 2 1/4 horse power and was on sale back then for a whopping $100.

I dont think they make them like that anymore.
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The Skill saw I bought in 1983 and it is still going strong after many projects and more than paid for itself.
It is all ball bearing and 2 1/4 horse power and was on sale back then for a whopping $100.

I dont think they make them like that anymore.
I always came out way ahead when I bought the best. Now I shop at 99 cent store cuzz I don't the extra penny.lol.
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If someone hits it, the wood will probably snap.

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