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    Default What's the secret to cleaning out a post hole?

    Is there a secret to cleaning out a post hole after you dig it? It seems like you have to dig about a foot deeper than you need the hole to be to allow for dirt to fall back into the hole. That is fine for shallower holes, but when you need to dig a 4 or 5 foot hole, maxing out the lenghth of your auger, then what? Is it in the design of the auger? Is it in the technique? Or do you just have to clean it out manually? Does anyone have the answer? Thanx in advance!
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    Default Re: What's the secret to cleaning out a post hole?

    I do a lot of fencing and all by hand and use telephone poles mostly as they are found the cheapest, but a lot of work. When you put your post in the hole take two 2x6's. Place one at the edge of the hole (the one where you will roll your pole up and the other a few inches toward the circle. Drop it in and hardly any dirt (sand in my case) will go in the hole. If you are bear hugging the holes same process except this time both boards a couple inches in. I have never used cement unless my poles are larger metal poles. Sand, water, tamp, sand water tamp. Takes time, but it will never go anywhere. Some get limestone rock and mix with the sand and that alone will do it, but once again with water (sand and limestone), tamp and keep going to the top. Anyway, just an idea. Everyone has their own way. Good luck.

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    Default Re: What's the secret to cleaning out a post hole?

    This is just a suggestion. Turn the auger very slowly the last foot or so, stop the auger in the down position and lift it out slowly-like you would remove the cork from a wine bottle. If you have regular post hole diggers that are long enough, this will help also. Best wishes.
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    Default Re: What's the secret to cleaning out a post hole?

    Quote Originally Posted by creekbend View Post
    This is just a suggestion. Turn the auger very slowly the last foot or so, stop the auger in the down position and lift it out slowly-like you would remove the cork from a wine bottle. If you have regular post hole diggers that are long enough, this will help also. Best wishes.
    That does sound like a good idea, glad I thought of it lol. I think i've seen augers advertised that said " will clean hole". I wonder if these are the augers that have the flighting all the way to the top of the unit, unlike the ones i have now, which only have it 3/4ths the way up it.
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    Default Re: What's the secret to cleaning out a post hole?

    Or.. tamp

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    Default Re: What's the secret to cleaning out a post hole?

    Get the hole just about as deep as you need it then put the auger all the way down and bring back up to let the dirt fling out off the flights. Plunge it back in and out a few times like this and the hole will be pretty clean. Our soil here in the northeast is always pretty moist. If you are working with very dry and crumbly soil, a pail of water down the hole will help it stick together better and leave a cleaner hole.
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    Default Re: What's the secret to cleaning out a post hole?

    We use one of these "Post Hole Spoons" http://www.garant.com/html/en/produi...roduit=famille. Its as old as Methuselah! Came from my grandfather when he worked on the town doing ditches. Handle finally rotted off after probably 60 years so we need to get a new one. It works good for this purpose (and cleaning out catch basins too)


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    Default Re: What's the secret to cleaning out a post hole?

    We hire Mexican workers from a downtown corner for $10/hour cash. They use a regular clamshell-type post hole digger to clean out the holes.

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    Default Re: What's the secret to cleaning out a post hole?

    Quote Originally Posted by Z RENCH View Post
    Is there a secret to cleaning out a post hole after you dig it? It seems like you have to dig about a foot deeper than you need the hole to be to allow for dirt to fall back into the hole. That is fine for shallower holes, but when you need to dig a 4 or 5 foot hole, maxing out the lenghth of your auger, then what? Is it in the design of the auger? Is it in the technique? Or do you just have to clean it out manually? Does anyone have the answer? Thanx in advance!
    Soil structure and moisture content often plays an important role in how well a hole will clean. If you determine a hole must be cleaned manually consider a pair of Fiakars post hole diggers. They're built different.

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