Friday, July 14, 2006

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

The summer project is a fence. Some new neighbors moved in and started the ball rolling to get a fence in. So we're putting in a cedar, neighbor-friendly, fence. And we're doing it ourselves.

Of course neither of us have done a fence before, but we figured it wouldn't be too hard. Though I think we over-thought parts of it, things are going smoothly (if a bit slow). Last weekend we dug a bunch of holes for the posts and began to set posts in them. My buddy, Miles came down and helped out.

I think the key learnings are as follows:
  • Get the post holes right, because if they're off, the fence will be off.
  • Buy 10' posts, so you can lop the tops off to the height you want (we're not doing that).
  • Mix the concrete in the post hole, just add water then cement and mix.
We put up one panel last night, just to work out any issues and to see if we were thinking the same thing about the fence. It looks real sharp. I'm looking forward to the final result.

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