Need to do a little brainstorming with you folks if you don't mind.....
I have a need for a pair of sign posts for my driveway. I actually hate signs and have never posted my property but over the last couple years I've had to put a couple "Private Property" and "No Trespassing" signs up in a couple key areas. I now want to put a couple signs on my driveway and also use the posts as a pseudo gate of sorts using a rope or cable. This is not for security at all but a visual deterrent for people not coming down my driveway.
Here is what I am dealing with. This part of my driveway is actually a ramp that I had installed when we first bought the place. Originally the driveway was flat up to the road bank then abruptly went up to the road level. This ramp is made entirely with stone.
View from below:
View from the road. The barn straight ahead is mine - the buildings to the left are my only (cough) neighbor. This part of my driveway and barn run right along my one property edge:
I want 2 sign/gate posts at the edges of the driveway the closest you can see in that pic. First thought was to pound a couple steel T-posts in but that would be impossible for me. The ramp is solid rock plus I just can't run a sledge hammer anymore.
So thinking more about this I thought of some type of heavy stand that I could just place on the driveway holding the posts. First thing that came to mind is something like an outdoor umbrella holder. We used to have one many years ago that was metal which you could fill with sand. Something like this:
But being this has to be an ulta-low budget operation I looked around at some materials I have on hand. I have a few good stout steel T-posts - nice and heavy/strong - not like what you see at Tractor Supply these days.....
The only thing I can think of that I have laying around for a heavy base are some cinder blocks.
The only problem with the cinder blocks is how to properly attach the T-posts. I don't know anything about concrete anchors and such but know there are some pretty neat things out there. But I don't know if any anchors would be able to be used in cinder blocks without the block wall falling apart. As you can guess I am pretty clueless when it comes to this stuff.
So I am open/hoping for any kind of suggestions. My only real restriction for this is budget. I'm trying hard to use what I have but can find the funds upward to $50 for this project.
Thanks in advance for any help!