Digging a hole for myself

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  1. Thug

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    I am building a fence and need to dig about 22 or 23 holes for posts.
    The holes are going to be 2' deep by about roughly 12" square (4"x4"x8' posts). So far so good.

    The area I am digging them is in a wooded area and here lies the problem.
    So far I have dug 3 by hand (well spade actually) and they have taken me several hours to dig EACH ONE!!!
    The reasons being, the amount of thick tree roots I am having to chop through as well as rubble and the fact that the mud/clay is bone dry. I am hitting the spade into the ground and chipping away fractions at a time as well as sending huge shock waves through my hands, not to mention the fatigue.

    Is there any quicker way that you could recommend?

    I thought about an auger, but this would just get caught up in all the roots (or would it cut through them?).
    I have even sharpened my spade so it cuts into the roots better, but its still such slow progress.
    At the moment I am using a normal spade and a trenching spade. I am also using branch cutters to chop through the roots, but still need to clear a lot of earth away before I can get to each one.

    To make matters worse, I have started off digging what I thought would be the easiest ones with out many trees in that area, so haven't even got to the most populated area yet.
     
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    Yes. Take advantage of Globalisation and pay some Polish to do it for you.
     
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    If you can get access with it. Hire a mini digger. Not sure if it will go through the thick roots but it will be lots of fun trying! Think you can hire them for about £80 a day or thereabouts
     
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    Hell, hire two and recreate Robot Wars.
     
  5. wilbanat

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    I've said it before, and i'll say it again....
    If a jobs worth doing, then it's worth using massively over powered tools :smashin:
    Hire in a Auger and get a mate to help hold on.
     
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  6. Thug

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    Cant get access with a digger unfortunately.
     
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    Wouldn't an auger just get caught up in the roots though?
     
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    Nah, something like this would destroy the roots
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    A pickaxe might help to break things up.
     
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    Biggest power tool possible is required here
     
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    An auger would get you nowhere. You are probably using the best method already. Post and rail fencing is the best so you can put the posts where you think is easiest to dig and cut the rails to suit
     
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    Get yourself down to your nearest Wickes and hire one or two of the migrant workers who congregate there every day waiting for someone to give them work
     
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    That will be fine for starting the hole off, but when you get 6" deep or more then there is no space for an axe head in the hole, never mind room to swing it.
    I do have a 'one hand' held one I have tried.

    May try a hammer and wood chisel to cut through them, but its still tough going.

    The thing is, I don't know where the roots are until I start to dig. I could end up with loads of 6" holes and still have trouble.
    Not only that, but I want it quite uniform so it looks on too, so putting the post centres 6' apart, the same as the rest of the fence.
     
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    I believe you can get a landscape bar that is built for these types of jobs.

    Although you're probably just as well with a hammer and chisel.
     
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    I had the exact same issue when I built my fence last summer. Ended up using a reciprocating saw to go through the routes. A small electric chain saw would also work well. With these tools you should really be able to dig at least 2 or 3 holes an hour.
     
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    You don't happen to live near the Wickes off the A406 do you?
     
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    Post spike and a bloody big hammer ;) (Or post driver)
     
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  20. Thug

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    The problem with a chainsaw could be if I hit a hidden rock or something. Might be a good idea though. Even an electric one would help.
     
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    Auger? Worth a spin? :D
     
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