2016 Project…Replacing Our Fence.
For 2016 our project of the year was replacing our existing fence. We started re-fencing the property in October. The existing fence was t-posts and soldered no climb wire. We replaced it with a pipe fence and a better quality horse fence. We also added a three-rail arena with horse fencing so that we can turn out the smaller critters for exercise.
*note: when I say we, most often I actually mean Husband. However two become one, so we.
Husband worked really hard weekend after weekend to get the new fence up. He started by getting a permit and then figuring out our property lines. Then he ordered pipe and bought the no-climb wire. We originally got quotes for someone else to do the job but we found we could save money by doing it ourselves. Even with purchasing a generator and welder we are about $2000 under our lowest bid. Husband also liked the idea of building the fence himself. There is something to be said about a man you likes to work with his hands.
Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more, 11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody. -1 Thessalonians 4:10-12
After the pipe for the fencing was delivered, Husband loaded up his beloved truck “Jenny” with the horse fencing. This fencing is similar to the no-climb wire we already had but is not soldered and is a much thicker gauged wire.
Fun FACT! Before we were married Husband paid $300 for this truck and drove it to Arizona from Iowa! She has served him well and continues to be his main vehicle with over 200,000 miles on her odometer.
Husbands next step was to dig the two foot holes for all the posts. With our social agenda he ended up splitting the work up into two weekends. We rented an auger to help with the holes but it turns out it was somewhat useless for the majority of them. We have a bed of caliche that runs along…well anywhere we plan on digging is seems to be there. So, with a little help from the auger and a tiny bit help from me, he dug 75 holes in a total of two days. There were a few more to dig but we would need to move the existing fence for those so he worked on those on a separate day.
Next with the help of brother-in-law Jacob, Husband notched and set all the posts. That was a lot of hard work but we were able to borrow a concrete mixer from one of our awesome neighbors!
Once all the posts were in it was time to weld up the top rail. In between Husband worked on the front part of the fence; digging those holes, notching and setting the posts and then welding on the top rail.
He had to come up with a plan for the south side of the fence that runs between our home and the neighbors fence. Due to a slope in the land this needed some planning. Husband built that part of the fence with the slop so we didn’t have to try to find fill dirt for the area.
This is what it looks like now, with the fence stretched, gate hung and latch welded on.
On that same side we needed to leave space for the meter reader. Husband was a pro in the tight space and soon had that finished as well.
Over Easter weekend Husband started on the rails of the arena. To make the job more streamlined he made a type of jig so that it would take less time to tack up the pipes.
I snapped a picture of him as a worked on a project in one of the rooms. Sneaky wife!
Once the pipe part of the fence was welded it was time to stretch the horse fence. For a weekend some of our awesome neighbors came out to help, other than that it was Husband getting up early and stretching fence before he was off to work.
The next step was the gates, Husband fabricated each gate, complete with really nice, smooth moving hinges. The big gates, one for the arena and one for a main entrance are on wheels so they are easy for me to open and close.
Now all we have left to do is pull out some of the old fence and clean up a bit.
This was a major project and Husband did such an awesome job. I must say we have the best fence in the neighborhood!
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