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Our new house is located at the top of a ridge and it is VERY windy. Due to the increase in wind, I'm thinking I will probably switch from using 1 x 2 wooden stakes to rebar to hold my cutouts down.

My concern is getting the rebar out of the ground after the Christmas season is over. I remember someone on here had done a quick tutorial on how to go about removing rebar out of the ground. I've done a search and can't find it. Anyone know where that tutorial is... or have good answers for removing rebar from frozen ground? With using wooden stakes I didn't mind breaking them off at ground level if I couldn't get them out of the ground... won't be able to do that with rebar!!! Well, I COULD... but I don't really like to use my super powers for things like that!!! :P Thanks for your help!

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I use a pair of vice-grips. I clamp it on the rebar and spin the rebar around in the frozen ground a few times. That usually losens them up enough to easily pull out them with my hands.

Best, Brandon

Edited: Good idea Dave.....you beat me to the punch! :P

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The easiest way is to use a lever. Get a pipe or a 2x4 long enough and sturdy enough to pull it out and use the ground as the pivot point. you will be amazed at how much you can do with this. depending on the diameter of the rebar you can use a chain or a rope to latch on th the rebar and then tie off to the lever. much easier that beating something with a sledge hammer.

Anthony

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If enough of the rebar sticks up to get a grip on it, clamp it between 2 2X4s, about a foot from one end and then pick up on the other end. This is the better way to pull up EMT pipes also without breaking them off.

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Large pair of vice grips, clamped about 8" above the ground, closes to the pivot point of the vice jaw for the highest amount of grip.  Lay a brick about 4-6" from the rebar, then stick a 4 foot long piece of 4x4 wood under the vice grips and on top of the brick.  Push down the opposite end of the 4x4 wood and it should slide right out. 

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I used 1/2" metal conduit and conduit clamps on my coro cut outs.  That way you can losen up the screws on the clamps and remover the cut out before you mess with pulling the conduit.  I think it will be easier without taking a chance of damage to the coro cut out.  Hope this may help.

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I just pound um a bit left and right with a mallet.  But for half of the house, I actually leave them in the ground.  No reason to pull them out since they are hidding in the spring by huge hostas and other perennials.  Then they are ready to install trees and arches without having to measure and set up.  I look forward to setting up my "zone 2" because there is nothing to it  :D  Just open up tree boxes, fluff branches, and sit on rebar already in the ground.  I only need to remove 13 pieces of rebar anyway so it's not a lot for me.

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