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Month: February 2019

My First Gate

So I’m not super proud of this gate. It’s a little out of square, but it works overall. It’s incredibly hard to build a frame that’s square by yourself.

It took me a couple of attempts to get it this close and it’s only about 3/4″ out of square. A carpenter I am not. I will probably use a plane to hide this mistake at some point. I might even consider pulling the gate apart on the north side to deal with this in the future.

After getting the gate hung, it was time to tear out the old fence and complete this project. This was much faster than I thought it would be. It probably took 2 hours to pull the old fence down and strip all the nails out of it. I’m keeping the pickets for repairing the fence in the backyard.

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My First Fence

So now that I have all my fence post holes, the next thing I needed to was see about setting the fence posts. This needs to be plumb in two difference directions and I needed a little help in order to do this part. So I called my father to come give me a hand for a little while.

It took about an hour and we had all 4 posts plumb, anchored and then poured the foam. While the foam is a little more expensive than concrete, not having to mix concrete and deal with that makes the foam absolutely worth it. Coupled with a 2 hour cure time and I won’t set posts in concrete here.

I was able to get all the stringers installed and the pickets hung by myself in a couple hours. Next up, building a gate.

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Things Happen

Some days, I get on these insane tears where I just have to do something. Anything at all. It doesn’t matter. I’ve been on that tear for two weekends now. It’s the afternoon on a Saturday. I take out the trash, I look at the fence and gate at the end of my driveway. I hate it. I hate it a lot. I’ve not been a fan of it since I moved here. It’s very hard to move anything through the gate because it’s so narrow. It sags and I can’t fix it because the hinges are bent from kids swinging on it in years past.

A tired privacy fence.

I’m also getting tired of having to use 4 or 5 screws to get enough bite in the stringers so that I can rehang fence boards after a 20 mph wind gust while it’s raining out knocks the boards loose. It’s such a hassle. So I drove out to Denham and picked up a post hole digger.

So on a whim, I decided to replace a fence. I’ve probably made worse decisions on a whim. I’ll admit to not being very smart.

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