Tuesday, June 15, 2010

On the Fence About Building a Fence? Read This!

Having a corner lot gives us a very large side yard. When we purchased our house, the side yard was not fenced in and the area wasn't being used at all. We finally found the time to build a fence, and I have to tell you, I wish things had gone better. Read on to find out what we wish we had done differently while constructing our fence.

First, we checked with our city to make sure that we would be meeting all of the rules and regulations with our fence measurements. Then, we carefully measured the area and used chalk spray to mark where our posts would be.
Then, we rented a Two Man Post Hole Digger and dug all of our holes for our posts. This part was loud and annoying.

Once the holes were made, we cemented all of the posts in place, (making sure each post was level, of course). After the cement cured, we began to construct our fence.

And here is the final product!

Now, you may be wondering why there are no photos of us building the actual fence. No photos of us nailing each and every fence plank into place. Well, that's because . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
THIS happened.
Yes, Joe nearly sawed through his hand while building our fence. After hours of surgery, the doctor was able to reattach his tendons and put him back together. After this bandage is removed, he'll be in a cast for about 6 weeks while his bone heals.
So, if we could do it again, we'd probably pay someone else to build our fence for us.


  1. Hope his recovery goes smoothly, what an ordeal.

  2. OH NO! Here's to a speedy recovery!

  3. That is truly awful...wishing him a speedy recovery! Wow...what a story though!

  4. Oh no!! That is awful :( I hope he is doing ok.