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fence post doughnuts

 
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This thread is for talkin about this article: http://www.richsoil.com/doughnuts/
 
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cool! I assume that is for electric fence?? the idea to make them removeable is excellent. Otherwise if the posts were broken your concrete would be wasted. I bet they are more stable and durable than those step in electric fence posts. I have used those before and they work but are real flimsy and warp easily.
 
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Yup!  Electric fence. 

Sometimes a post slips into the soil really easy.  No problem.

But if there is any grief, these things make it really easy.
 
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Years ago I made some similar things.  Took cheap aluminum cooking trays, filled with concrete with a PVC tee in the middle.  Yours look simpler and cheaper.  Good job.
 
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That looks like a good idea.  I think I might just put them in their permanent locations -- you could move the fence, but not have to be shifting heavy chunks of cement. 

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Here is appropedia's link to fence-post doughnuts: http://www.appropedia.org/Fence_post_doughnuts
 
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What are the 3/8" fiberglass poles used for normally...where would I find them and are they inexpensive??

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Another option for really hard or frozen ground, and it might be easier....just carry around an old fashioned hand crank drill (a brace, not the eggbeater style) with a 3/8 masonry drill bit in it...it's pretty quick to drill a hole in hard frozen ground or hardpan and the posts set nice and solid, and if you have a lot of ground to cover you don't have to carry concrete stuff around.

One drawback...in wet areas when you get a bunch of freeze / thaw cycles you can end up with some posts 'permanently' frozen in until spring...sometimes 'sproinging' them like one of those door stopper springs will vibrate them loose...
 
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Very cool! I have a love affair with the electric fence and this will make it even easier.

Now I have to go learn about the electric webbing stuff - I have only used strands of wire but I'm interested in the webbing stuff.
 
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