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Thawing frozen ground

Posted by daisy_me Z6 IL (My Page) on
Fri, Feb 16, 07 at 12:28

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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RE: Thawing frozen ground

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

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


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RE: Thawing frozen ground

  • Posted by motria z5 Chicago (My Page) on
    Fri, Feb 16, 07 at 19:14

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!


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RE: Thawing frozen ground

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....


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