How to Move a Cemented Vinyl Fence Post

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Things You'll Need

  • Shovel

  • Sand

  • Concrete

  • Water


Work gloves and safety glasses are required when working with hand tools.

Always contact your local utility locating service before digging. It will keep you, your family, your home and your neighborhood safe.

Vinyl fence posts are held firmly in place with a concrete anchor.

Fence designs support a certain amount of stress. You can get the most strength out of your fence by anchoring the buried part of the fence posts with concrete. Unfortunately, these anchors make the job of moving a fence post later a bit of a task. Moving a vinyl fence post anchored with concrete means removing the concrete anchor as a whole while avoiding damage to the vinyl post.

Step 1

Dig up the fence post along with its concrete anchor with your shovel. Remove all of the soil around the base. Lift the fence post and its concrete anchor with the help of at least one assistant.

Step 2

Dig a new hole in whatever location you desire. Make the hole 6 inches deeper and 12 inches wider than the concrete anchor on your fence post. Place a 4-inch layer of sand into the bottom of the hole.

Step 3

Lower the concrete anchor on your post into the new hole with the help of your assistants. Hold the level to each side of the vinyl post and adjust it to make it perfectly plumb, or vertical.

Step 4

Fill the hole with concrete mix and water. Check the plumb of the post and adjust it as necessary. Add as much concrete as will fit in the hole around, and over the old concrete anchor. Leave the post alone. Let the concrete cure for 72 hours so the new concrete is dry and bonded to the old concrete anchor.


Danny Donahue

After learning electronics in the U.S. Navy in the 1980s, Danny Donahue spent a lifetime in the construction industry. He has worked with some of the finest construction talent in the Southeastern United States. Donahue has been a freelance writer since 2008, focusing his efforts on his beloved construction projects.