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    Digging in Frozen Ground

    My mailbox post disintegrated today. Apparently it broke under the weight of today's mail. Now I have to remove the remains of the old post and put a new post into the ground. Anyone have any suggestions for how to do this in frozen ground? I threw a bunch of salt on the ground and I plan on dumping hot water on it to soften it up. Any other advice?



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    Re: Digging in Frozen Ground

    Set your mailbox atop a (barrel?) until spring. Or set a post in concrete in a five gallon bucket.

    The alternative is a thaw (45 Friday), or someone who has a posthole digger on their tractor.



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    Re: Digging in Frozen Ground

    I don't have any suggestions on unfreezing the ground, but worst case scenario you can't get the post dug out, you could get some temporary fence-post for a snow fence and secure the mail box to that and use it until the ground softens up in the spring.



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    Re: Digging in Frozen Ground

    Are you in a rural area? Open burning allowed? Generally fires soften the ground, if kept under control. Like a burning barrel.



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    Re: Digging in Frozen Ground

    Rent a power auger and hope for the best.



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    Re: Digging in Frozen Ground

    Where's AlaskaGuy when you need him?


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    Re: Digging in Frozen Ground

    Iowa One Call:
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    Re: Digging in Frozen Ground

    1.Pop a couple m-80's in there (2 or 17)
    2. Run
    3. Fill in remaining hole with debris and rest of your arm.


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    Re: Digging in Frozen Ground

    Nail it to the neighbors'.

    I would go with the bucket or barrel idea. Not sure how easy it would be to dig the frozen ground out and then fill in.



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    Re: Digging in Frozen Ground

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry1982 View Post
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    and we have a winner!

    seriously, a guy from my hometown went to put a new mailbox in, cut through some fiber optics lines that fed the whole town, and ended up costing him an *** load of money.

    call before you dig-even if there is already a hole there.



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    Re: Digging in Frozen Ground

    Sweat equity if you plan on digging it out during the winter.





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    Re: Digging in Frozen Ground

    All you need is a concrete drill and a pound of C-4, some blasting caps, some wire and a detonator.

    Fill in the resulting hole around the new post, soak the earth with water and it will refreeze.


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    Re: Digging in Frozen Ground

    Go get a P.O. Box for a few months! The ground is likely frozen down to 3-4 feet (Assuming your're in Iowa). Hot water will only cause a nice little ice rink next to where your mailbox use to be and the salt will kill your grass come spring time. There is a reason you don't see fences installed when the ground is frozen. Save your back! Get a P.O box!


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    Re: Digging in Frozen Ground

    use email for everything and cancel your mail.



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    Re: Digging in Frozen Ground

    Charcoal briquettes will work. Seriously, I used to install fences many many years ago. Let it burn out and you will be good to go. But I agree with the one call comment first!



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