Friday, February 10, 2012

Project Fence!

One of the first things we wanted to do on our property was put up a fence. A fence would show people that someone OWNS the place, and that someone CARES as well. We had already seen evidence of trespassers on the place, despite our "no trespassing" signs. In fact, one day we even saw someone WHILE WE WERE THERE! (Some people have NO manners!)

Step one for putting up a fence is putting in posts. Keep in mind The Husband and I had NO CLUE what we were doing. Neither of us had put up a fence of this sort before. Hell - neither of us even knew WHAT we wanted up yet! We decided to start with 6" diameter wooden posts. Here you see The Husband and The Boy (who has grown TREMENDOUSLY, by the way) digging holes.

Once the holes were dug, it was time to set the posts.
We knew we wanted plenty of space to get in and out, so we ended up going with two 10' gates. It was the best way to guarantee the necessary room to maneuver a tractor and whatever other equipment The Husband comes up with!

The fence wasn't really a fence yet. It was still a bunch of posts and a gate. It was time to make the decision of what was going to go between the posts. This may not seem like a big deal, but we really had NO clue what we wanted. We tossed MANY ideas around, some of which were downright ridiculous (including the idea that we'd buy 4" posts and cut them down the center to make 2"x 4" beams, which, I might add, they ALREADY SELL at the store!!!) In the end, we bought treated deck planks to go from post to post. The Husband notched the posts so the planks would be flush with the poles. We put two cross-beams on each post.

As nice as that looked, it just wasn't *finished* yet. We decided to run a diagonal across each space to help with both aesthetics and stability. The result: a really nice looking fence!

Not bad for a couple of people who really don't know what they're doing!!

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