Sunday, 15 July 2012

A good de-fence

They say that the best offense is a good defense. Today, we de-fenced our property, providing access for the worker bees who will be here starting tomorrow for our renovation.

It wasn't really hard work; we only had to take three sections of fence down, one which was the gate.
The before picture
However, the hot sunny weather of this week gave way today to steady rain and 13°. So after 2 hrs in the garden, we were drenched.
From the alley looking in
Getting the fence posts out was the only hard part. I developed a trick pulling the fence top put in the shed last year (the missing section is visible in this post): drive 2 large lag bolts (huge nails also work) into the base of the post on opposite sides, then use two car jacks to jack the post out of the ground. Because my fence posts are not sunk in concrete, but are just buried in 3' deep holes, they simply jack out of the ground fairly easily.

However, virtually all the fence boards we pulled off were basically rotten. Hint: If you're building a fence using non-pressure treated lumber, you gotta paint the thing.

We are now essentially ready for the big work. The current project schedule says 8 weeks with a finish around Sept 16. Let's see how well it goes. 

1 comment:

Marvel Farias said...

Painting a fence isn't a hard job; it's just tiresome. That's why it's important to do a good job when you do paint your fence (so you won't have to do it all over again in two years). Hopefully, it doesn’t rain for a while to give the paint enough time to dry and really stick to the wood of your fence. Good luck with your project schedule!