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More clean up, more posts about it

In order to get the pickets moved to the front yard easily, I hauled a trailer over. It rained for about 15 minutes while I was driving home with the trailer. I almost got stuck on what was very hard ground that morning. I just slowly let out on the clutch and both rear wheels spun. Shifted into four wheel drive and pulled straight out.

After I got all the fence picked up and moved, I started trimming trees and bushes.

While I was trimming, I went ahead and cut down 3 crepe myrtles in the front yard. I’m tired of having them rub against the house and having to deal with that. They also don’t get enough sunlight to flower much.

Unfortunately the batteries for my Makita died before I was able to finish cutting the stump down. I had to wait a day for the batteries to charge to finish that job. It was at this point that I decided I needed more batteries and a dual battery charger for the Makita. More on that later.

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Cleaning up and not posting

So I’ve been doing work and taking photos and not posting about it on the Internet. I made the mistake of looking behind my house at the terrible shape that my fence was in. I’m also tired of all the vines, poison ivy, and scrub trees growing along my fence line.

You can see how the fence leans forward and backwards here. So, of course it all needed to come down. Me being the bright person I am, did it solo. Just a picket at a time until there was nothing left.

It took a solid day to get to this point. Still need to take down the stringers and pull out the posts.

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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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