A five gallon bucket holds enough for....class.....class..., the answer is "five" posts. Often the water has soaked in completely on the first post by the time I am done with the fifth post. I latch ahold of the post down low with my left wrist on my left knee. I use the strength of my lower legs.
Lifting with my back is bad.
Some posts are stubborn
A few are in rocky soil.
Most of the stubborn ones were used by cattle as scratching posts. They bend it. The push it down. The bend it. The push it down. Rarely do they bend it in a consistent direction. In essence, the screw the post down into the ground.
My friends David and Elizabeth have a fancy tool that I borrow to pull those posts.
|The lever gives a mechanical advantage of about 8:1. The geometry is set up so the user can work it like a pump handle, up-and-down, up-and-down and the gripper walks down the nubs on the post.