Thawing frozen ground

daisy_me(Z6b IL)February 16, 2007

I need to dig a post hole this weekend but the ground is well frozen. Any suggestions on how to thaw a spot large enough to dig with a post hole digger?

Yes, I know, totally wrong time of year for this....but it's unavoidable. The snow plow came through this week and broke my mailbox post so I have to put in a new one.

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webkat5(Z6a MO)

You could try a glass cold frame over the area....if there is enough sunlight, this will heat the area by about 20º.

Or, slowly pouring hot water on the area....

    Bookmark   February 16, 2007 at 1:58PM
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motria(z6 Chicago)

Can you wait a week? Starting Monday, it'll get above freezing and about 40-ish in the latter part of the week.. that's the Chicago forecast, at least. Good luck!

    Bookmark   February 16, 2007 at 7:14PM
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Or use a temporary post? There are some that come with a concrete cone for a base that just sit on the ground... you probably already have your hole dug but just in case you're looking for options I thought I'd throw that out....

    Bookmark   February 17, 2007 at 10:20AM
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