Charlie: Jim’s in Suisun City, California. I’m probably mispronouncing that, Jim. He says he just had 100′ by 10′ of cement poured and finished and he says there’s an existing fence and gate with a four by four fence post, around which the cement was poured. Well, the plan changed and now he can’t quite get his truck in ’cause he hadn’t planned on the mirrors on the side, so that post has to move. Darn the luck. So he says, “Can you tell me how to remove that four by four from the finished concrete without having to remove any of the concrete?”
Tom: I had an ex-wife took the mirror off a brand new Suburban once. Okay, let’s see. Cut it off.
Charlie: What are you saying?
Tom: Get rid of the post.
Charlie: Oh, I thought you talking about the ex-wife.
Charlie: All right. Those were the grounds at the hearing.
Tom: Yeah. She said the door was too small.
Charlie: All right.
Tom: Blamed everything but her.
Charlie: Okay, so, on this-
Tom: Anyway, cut it off.
Charlie: To just cut if off, right at the base? I mean, is-
Tom: I mean, that’s all you can-
Charlie: What about…I mean, can you get the post out and pour concrete in the middle?
Tom: Okay, let’s say if it’s a metal post-
Charlie: No, he said four by four wood post.
Tom: Then, yeah, it’ll just be the top of the post. I don’t know what else he can do. If he wants to try to chip it out, I mean, that’s going to be a while.
Tom: If it rots out, eventually he could patch it, but you’re still going to see the patch on there.
Charlie: Yeah. All right.
Tom: So, I would just give it a clean cut. If it’s pressure-treated, it’ll probably last 20 years.