I’ve never sunk any posts on my own behalf. That’s because I’ve seen too many other men labor to sink their own.
Most of the time, digging is the hardest part. The tool choices for this kind of job range from bad to worse. One tool is the logical choice but it ain’t great. If you think a post hole digger is a tool of efficiency, you’re probably an aficionado of chopsticks.
I observed an installation years ago in lake water. The posts were for the structure of a new dock. The diggers took turns while standing in the dark water, unable to even see their slow progress. It worked, but just barely.
Because a dock post can’t be fixed in place with concrete, each one requires additional pounding with a massive hammer by someone in an adjacent boat.
I observed this feat as a boy and as you can tell, it stuck with me. To this day I still don’t understand why a floating dock wasn’t used.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.