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  • UK concrete post shortage? Any leads?
  • Premier Icon stevextc
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    Having a fence to replace sooner rather than later I’m struggling to get concrete fence posts…
    I need a set of 11 2.7m slotted posts but coming up blank locally and national places likes wickes/B&Q/homebase

    (A mix of negative from “stock not online” to 40 – 70 days delivery only..to 12 available in Inverness.)
    Would be nice if I could collect some panels and concrete gravel boards at the same time but less critical…

    Premier Icon stevextc
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    Obligatory double-up ???

    Premier Icon DezB
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    Check ebay
    eg. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/262998218267

    Premier Icon bigginge
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    I bought mine from a local wood/fence place who were putting adverts up on facebook market place.

    Premier Icon stevextc
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    @DexB

    Damn, that’s really cheap as well but they only have 6′ posts 🙁
    Quick ebay search shows they seem to be the only ones on ebay.co.uk 🙁

    Premier Icon stevextc
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    I bought mine from a local wood/fence place who were putting adverts up on facebook market place.

    Was that recently ???
    I’ll try but so far been told “its a national shortage” by 2 local (ish) suppliers.
    AVS said don’t know when they’ll be in stock… (shame as I can combine with s4p Milford) and NDP @ Eversely (erm Fleet DJ/Pump track) are saying 4 weeks … “possibly”

    Premier Icon thegeneralist
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    Do they really need to be concrete?

    What about getting some nice Durapost metal ones…

    https://countrysupplies.uk.com/durapost-classic-galvanised-p-11653?_=5362

    < Nips outside for a second>

    Premier Icon thegeneralist
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    Cheap, available AND they don’t look like shit.

    (IMHO)

    Premier Icon sharkbait
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    ….. grass needs cutting.

    Premier Icon intheborders
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    Local building materials companies would be my first call, as presumably you’ll need them delivered.

    As a side note, we got 2 packs of standard concrete pavers delivered a month ago from our usual supplier, Travis Perkins, and they mentioned that all concrete products were struggling for supply.

    Premier Icon thegeneralist
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    ….. grass needs cutting.

    Why thank you. Very nice of you to say so. 🙂

    I was worried it wouldn’t take properly in all the dry weather.

    Premier Icon stevextc
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    the generalist

    Cheap, available AND they don’t look like shit.

    Looks very nice IMHO but I don’t get a say.

    Local building materials companies would be my first call, as presumably you’ll need them delivered.

    I’d planned to just chuck em in the van…
    My experience with local building materials companies is you need to have a trade account .. seems only yesterday but last year I was struggling to get plaster, driving miles to join hundreds in a queue at 07:00… and I can feel that coming on again.

    Premier Icon bigginge
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    Was that recently ???

    It was a few months back, but it looks like there are still some locally (for me at least), listed under “concrete products” (assuming 2.7m is either 8 or 9 ft).

    Premier Icon wooksterbo
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    @thegeneralist, that looks great and has given me some ideas for our front fence. I guess you could even clad the post for that timber only look.

    Premier Icon DezB
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    Going through ebay, seems the country’s entire supply of concrete posts is located in Knutsford!

    Premier Icon binman
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    Going through ebay, seems the country’s entire supply of concrete posts is located in Knutsford!

    Phew…

    Premier Icon thegeneralist
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    that looks great and has given me some ideas for our front fence.

    If you look closer then you can see that the post only had holes for screwing the panels in on the bottom section of the post…. you can see about 15 of them until the point where the post disappears into the postcrete.

    I nearly phoned them up to ask why the holes were on the wron…..

    🥵🥺😟

    Premier Icon trail_rat
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    nearly phoned them up to ask why the holes were on the wron…..

    Never mind. They still doing a great job of holding those pallets up till you get the fence finished ;);););)

    Premier Icon intheborders
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    My experience with local building materials companies is you need to have a trade account ..

    Yep, and we do 🙂

    Advantage is free delivery with no lower spend limit – very handy for such as a single sheet of plasterboard.

    Premier Icon WorldClassAccident
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    New Forest Fencing in Hampshire have a selection of sizes. I recently replaced the rear garden fence with concrete posts and concrete gravel boards so hopefully will not need to do anything more for a long time.

    Premier Icon bruneep
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    Never mind. They still doing a great job of holding those pallets up till you get the fence finished ;);););)

    😉

    Premier Icon big_n_daft
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    Set up a trade account as a sole trader

    Premier Icon trail_rat
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    Bruneep I’ll have you know…. Mines weren’t pallets they were screen wrappings 😉 free woods free wood

    Premier Icon stevextc
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    Set up a trade account as a sole trader

    Its sorted now* thanks to your suggestion … Free delivery was as fast as collection (next Mon) so I went for that.

    I looked at a trade account last Mar/April in the “great plaster drought of 2020” when I found some but they (whoever it was) wanted all sorts of proofs. Ended up buying some stuff from a bloke in a dodgy lockup and £25 a bag!! (Probably nicked but what can you do)

    *Still not got the concrete gravel boards but worst case I can add those later…

    Premier Icon stevextc
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    WCA

    I recently replaced the rear garden fence with concrete posts and concrete gravel boards so hopefully will not need to do anything more for a long time.

    Yep that’s my plan … the existing fence is pretty much sticking plasters and string (and a few concrete 1/2 post things)… been waiting for it to fail to do the lot properly…

    Hopefully the professionals that did the job last time put the fence up wonky because they are professionals, not just to avoid pre-existing concrete or I might have to hire a jackhammer… most of the original 1920’s concrete hidden under the lawn has chert/flint aggregate which is unpleasant with a RDS chisel/drill.

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    Just been SDSing an old concrete post base out, it isn’t fun and I have given up at 10″. There were a few bricks used for good luck. That will have to do.

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    8when removing the old council spec concrete posts at mine i put a strope round and run it over a spare wheel and attached it to the renault Zoe* and pulled them out .

    *oh wait no I got that wrong I used the land rover in low box.

    Premier Icon stevextc
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    and attached it to the renault Zoe* and pulled them out .

    Ah …. that explains a lot.
    I did contact a member of this forum who happens to have a Zoe as I happened to know they had bought a post shovel and auger from their FB … made a decent offer rather than buying new for something I hope I’ll only ever use once and they presumably hope the same … got a decent price for both of us but now I know .. they are just planning to use the Zoe next time 😉

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    DezB

    Going through ebay, seems the country’s entire supply of concrete posts is located in Knutsford!

    And Essex but it’s interesting when something runs out to see where these “islands” are.. also seem to be plenty Inverness way… (but that’s probably too far to drive).. and these seem to somehow fit the map I made last year of plaster availability and plotting delivery trucks making drops on that map. (or perhaps that’s just me)

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