Met Post Removal: A Fencing Guide

Sheridan fencing - Dave Relf


The process of removing a met post can be a real challenge for both professional fence erectors and DIY enthusiasts alike. It's an inevitable step in any fencing project, as the post becomes an integral part of your fencing line once installed in the ground. Even in good ground conditions, the solidity of the met post can make extraction a daunting task. However, fear not, as mastering the art of met post removal is crucial for any fence-related endeavor. In this guide, in collaboration with the experts at Sheridan Fencing, a trusted name in Medway, Maidstone, Gravesend, Sittingbourne, and the surrounding areas, we'll explore a step-by-step approach to make this seemingly arduous task much more manageable. Whether you're an experienced fence erector or a determined DIY'er, these tips, honed through Sheridan Fencing's expertise, will help you navigate the process with confidence.

Step 1: Check Post Movability

In good ground, see if the met post can be wobbled slightly. Apply gentle pressure back and forth. If you notice even a small amount of movement, you might gain enough flexibility to lift the post with just your hands. This simple test could make the removal process much easier, so take a moment to assess the post's initial level of movability before proceeding to more involved methods.

Step 2: Utilizing a Brick as a Pivot

Before introducing any tools, assess whether the wooden post remains inside the met post. If it does, consider this clever maneuver: bend the met post at ground level. Once you've achieved a slight bend, lift the post back up ever so slightly. Now, introduce a brick as a pivot beneath the bent portion. This technique adds leverage, making it easier to lift and manipulate the met post. The brick serves as a strategic point of support, allowing you to exploit the bend for increased maneuverability before moving on to further removal methods.

Step 3: Introducing the Sledgehammer

Now, armed with a sledgehammer, it's time to build on the progress made in Step 1. Focus on the part of the met post that protrudes above the ground. With controlled force, use the sledgehammer to strike the exposed portion of the met post. The goal is to continue loosening the post by exploiting the movement identified earlier. Be sure to strike evenly and consistently, gradually increasing the intensity as needed. The impact of the sledgehammer, combined with any initial wobbling achieved, can significantly aid in freeing the met post from its ground hold. As you strike, periodically check for increased movability or signs that the post is becoming more detached. If successful, this step can lay the foundation for a smoother extraction in the following stages.

Step 4: Employing the Fencing Bar x2

If you're equipped with two fencing bars, consider yourself in luck as this method can fast-track the met post removal process. Position the bars on either side of the met post, ensuring they are securely wedged against the post's sides. With the bars in place, simultaneously apply leverage by pushing downwards. This action, when executed on both sides, creates a powerful lifting force. For added leverage, place bricks or other sturdy objects under the fencing bars, essentially forming a substantial pivot point. The combination of the fencing bars and the added leverage from the bricks enhances your ability to lift the met post efficiently. If successful, this step can bypass the need for prolonged wobbling or sledgehammering, offering a streamlined approach to met post extraction.


Step 5: Digging Down for Met Post Extraction

If previous methods haven't yielded the desired results, it's time to resort to a more direct approach. Begin by digging down along the sides of the met post until you reach the depth of the post's spike. This excavation allows you to access the post's foundation, providing the opportunity to free it from its embedded position. Once you've created enough space around the met post, use physical force to push the post horizontally into the newly dug hole. This technique exploits the loosened soil to facilitate the met post's movement. Continue pushing until the post is successfully maneuvered out of its original position. This step might require some exertion, so ensure you're using proper body mechanics to avoid strain. By combining this excavation method with the insights gained from previous steps, you increase your chances of a successful met post extraction, even in challenging situations.


Congratulations! You've successfully navigated the me

t post removal journey with the expert guidance from Sheridan Fencing. Whether you chose the finesse of wobbling, the power of a sledgehammer, or the efficiency of fencing bars, each step played a crucial role. With these tips, you can approach met post removal in Medway with confidence, turning a potentially challenging task into a manageable endeavor. Happy fencing!



The following guide is intended to provide general information and tips for the removal of met posts, particularly in the context of fencing projects. While we strive to offer accurate and helpful advice, every fencing situation may present unique challenges. It's important to note that the methods suggested in this guide, including the use of tools and equipment, come with inherent risks. Always prioritize safety by wearing appropriate protective gear, following tool guidelines, and exercising caution during the removal process. Sheridan Fencing is mentioned in this guide as a source of expertise, and their insights are integrated into the step-by-step approach. However, individual circumstances may vary, and readers are encouraged to adapt the advice to their specific needs. If uncertainties or difficulties arise during the met post removal process, it is advisable to seek professional assistance or consult with a fencing expert. The authors and Sheridan Fencing are not liable for any injuries, damages, or other consequences that may result from the application of the techniques described in this guide. Proceed with caution and adhere to safety guidelines to ensure a successful and safe met post removal experience.