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  1. bird whisperer

    bird whisperer Refuge Member

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    Here is a pick of the driver we made. Thats a crushed 12 oz cup for size referance. Its basicly an oversized metal fence post driver used all over the country when putting up woven wire or barbed wire fence. Have someone hold the post straight as you get started, place the driver over the post. Raise the driver and then slam it down on the post never raise the driver completly off of the post. You may set the post half an inch or several inches with every strike of the driver. With the end cap on the driver it distributes the force evenly across the end of your post unlike with a sledge that consentrates all the force accross the head of the hammer keeping the post from splitting. I sometimes halfway sink screws on into the sides of the post that will be under ground to aid agains the post pulling out.
     
  2. Il. MudDuk

    Il. MudDuk Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    Ah yes, the devil's tool.
    Many a post has ours driven into a lake...mostly 16 foot 4x4's.
    If this thing dont make a man out of you, nothing will.
     
  3. bird whisperer

    bird whisperer Refuge Member

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    Thats a fact, it will whip the most contry strong man you know. But it gets the job done in a quick fashion.
     
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  4. ducksinwv

    ducksinwv Senior Refuge Member

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    duckbuster5901 Senior Refuge Member

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    Interesting approach in your link . Would be nice for intended purpose of residential dock but For a duck blind I believe jetting posts would be much easier and less costly to boot. If area your going to put blind sees big waves from storms along with high wind probably not even those concrete footers of that size would keep structure from heaving. If area gets thick ice with extra high tides just about anything of that size will be popped up from upward pull of ice. Have seen ice in our area pop 12" posts out of bottom.
     
  6. ducksinwv

    ducksinwv Senior Refuge Member

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    The blind I will be building is in a slough off a large river. No tides. It does freeze early. Also sometimes prone to about 2-3ft rise in flood waters. Had planned to build blind platform 3ft off water.
     
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    duckbuster5901 Senior Refuge Member

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    How big is your blind footprint?
     
  8. ducksinwv

    ducksinwv Senior Refuge Member

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    Still trying to figure that out to suite our needs, but the initial thought is 18'x6'. We want to hunt 6 guys comfortably.
     
  9. duckbuster5901

    duckbuster5901 Senior Refuge Member

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    If no real wave action at site you can probably get away with jetting in 4x6,s on 6' centers. Remember the salt treated posts available at most big bx. stores aren,t rated for submersion. Rd. way sign posts are rated for below ground use if you have a source to scrounge some broken lengths suitable for your piers. Old utility poles even better alternative.
     
  10. Biggar2000

    Biggar2000 Senior Refuge Member

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    Aw yes. We call our post driver the Dead Man. Our dad had it built years ago. Rebar handles and giant driver. I think you could drive 2 4x4 posts at the same time.
    Many a blind had been built with that thing. Using it around water which is where it use it mostly we tie a rope to it. After standing in the very stable john boat and wacking the darn thing down a few times YOU DROP IT IN THE MARSH/SLOUGH. The rope lets you pull it back in. My 17 year old son said a few years ago when we used it last: Tie it around your waist Dad! Mom needs some money. Water was only waist deep but he got a laugh.
     

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