I knew full well that this place might be a tad on the rocky side. I had no idea, until wife planted this idea of me building a clothes line for her on her birthday. OK, i got the crosses, er, I mean the clothesline T posts built, no problem. (They will be painted later, but they do look like they were built to crucify some people)
OK, so only 3 post holes to dig, about 18 inches down, no sweat. If I were back in Texas, the sandy loam would gladly yield. Not here in Idaho, if these rocks could talk, they’d be like, “None shall pass!”
After 2 1/2 hours, i only dug two holes down to about 6 inches with a shovel, spade and sledge hammer. Not to mention, the backache, joint ache and other aliments an aspiring old dude has been experiencing away from the “cube farm” with all this manual labor!
So, how does one get past the rock when making post holes? Well, you can do what the neighbors do and put the posts on the ground surrounded by a basket of rocks. There some good web sites on the subject such as this one: Fencing on the Rocks
Ideally, a large backhoe would do the job, but even those have challenges in getting in and out of the site to dig, not to mention the rig destroying your farm land, or taking out the side of your house by mistake (which is what i would do).
I need something that will…
- Break rocks; eat’em for breakfast and ask for more. Granite, basalt, and slate are delicacies.
- Be somewhat portable, and maybe light weight. (40 lbs or so)
- Be tough and reliable.
- Have interchangeable bits.
- Run on electricity, no more than 120 volts 20 amps.
- Be able to dig to China if i want to say hi and maybe get some Chinese food.
Behold, i give you the : Bosch 35-Pound 1-1/8-Inch Jack Hammer
Does it work? Oh heck yeah! Just light enough for me to thrown on my shoulder without being Arnold Schwarzenegger, yet powerful enough to bust through rocks like a game of Asteroids!
Amazon is wonderful.