Life in the A-Frame

Life in the A-Frame

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Pole Extraction

My husband named this post on my blog. It sounds so technical! He had volunteered to move this huge corner post and fix the gate to the cattle pen for my mother. The gate needed to swing open both ways so that you could open it from either side of the pen AND get behind the gate to get away from the horses. For those of us who are afraid of getting in the pen with 6 horses eager to get out of the pen, being able to get behind the gate while you let them out is a good thing. Same thing when you are trying to let the horses back into the pen. Mike determined that the easiest way to fix the problem was to move the post back about a foot. After soaking the ground with water and digging down 2 1/2 feet, he still didn't reach to bottom of the post (My dad built the pen 45 years ago and he sunk those posts deep!). My brother in-in-law, Clyde came over on his tractor to help.

Clyde brings the tractor, complete with the bucket and big hook.Mike gets the pole ready to be pulled by putting a big chain around it.

Then he hooks the chain to the tractor bucket.

Clyde lifts the bucket and pulls the pole the rest of the way out of the ground. They move the post over to the correct place, then take an iron rod to tamp the post back into the ground. It works beautifully!


KathyB. said...

Brothers-in-law with tractors are a good thing! Look at what a man and a tractor can accomplish! I think I need a relative with a tractor to help around here. And I totally understand the need for a gate to not only swing both ways but protect me. I have rams with big horns and bad attitudes!

Thank-you so very much for your kind and encouraging comment on my blog. It did make a difference to me and I give thanks to God for what you said.

Kristi said...

Your title threw me for a loop; I wasn't sure what I was going to read. LOL You gotta love a man and his tractor. Blessings to you!