Who knew fencing could pose such a challenge?! We started a couple of weeks ago innocently enough, as all home improvement projects start, by looking on pinterest to find the fences we liked (we’ve opted for a picket fence along the front and a solid 1.8m hardwood fence along the side (the other side and back are a different story)) and then we found our supplies and had them ordered and delivered. That all went very smoothly, unfortunately, it’s the only part of the process to date that has gone smoothly.
We knew removing the existing fence would be difficult but we definitely underestimated just how difficult. After a full day and a bit of experimenting with common sense and then all of the methods ever shown on youtube, we decided to hire a jackhammer and 2 man post hole digger. This would have been perfectly fine if not for the random chunks of cement, rocks, and absolutely monstrous tree roots. Here I must thank one of our lovely neighbors (and one of the only other people living in town) for taking over on the hole digger with Ben as it was a bit too much of a challenge for me (yup, I played the pregnancy card). However, even with 2 strong guys at it the holes weren’t going deep enough and in some areas, the soil was barely broken and so we called in the pros… demolition and earth moving experts to finish removing the fence, remove some greenery and to dig the post holes. For this, we were quoted 4 hours however even their heavy vehicles had issues with the task so it ended up taking closer to 10 but now we had holes in the ground and we where happy.
Next up Ben arranged for a friend to help him cement some posts in last weekend (we thought we’d get the side fence done) however on the first couple of posts the cement mixer quite literally caught on fire and so they just cemented a couple in (mixing by hand) and then propped the rest of the posts in for the side fence and levelled them ready for the 2nd attempt this weekend. Hopefully, by Sunday evening all posts for the front and side will be cemented in so we can start the next phase of fence construction…
While this is being done we’re also getting quotes on a post and rail side/back fence for the rest of the house yard, as we didn’t intend to construct that ourselves, but that’s proving to be far far more expensive than we anticipated so we will get a few more quotes and then potentially look at doing it ourselves if they all come back around the $15k mark.
Below are photos of our progress so far… from before to present.