Fence is Done! Hooray!

October 5, 2008

This was a HUGE weekend for us – the fence is done!  Dee Dee, Brian, and my parents came by to help.  Miriam’s brother, Santiago, and her sister, Laura, came by as well.  With everyone’s help we were able to put up all the remaining beams and posts.

Cindy came by on Saturday with gifts – a chicken lasagna, salad, soda, and ice cream.  The lasagna was delicious and has been feeding us all weekend.  Grandma Livia came by with some tasty crab dip and crackers.  It makes a great TV snack.

Thank you everyone for all your help – we really appreciate it and couldn’t have gotten it done without you!

Dee Dee and her Round-Up backpackDee Dee and her Round-Up backpack

 

Berdichevsky teamworkBerdichevsky teamwork

 

My Dad removed the tops of the postsMy Dad removed the tops of the posts

 

Dee Dee learns about the wonders of the nailgunDee Dee learns about the wonders of the nailgun

 

Brian put them up, I attached them - we blew through almost 1000 panels in four hours like thisBrian put them up, I attached them – we blew through almost 1000 panels in four hours like this

 

Searching for figsSearching for figs

 

Putting the last panel in place!Putting the last panel in place!

 

Riding off into the sunset after a job well done

Riding off into the sunset after a job well done

We have A Gate!

September 30, 2008

The air conditioning is broken at work so it has been very hot in the office this week.  I couldn’t take it anymore so I left early today.  I spent a couple hours in the afternoon working on the fence and I got our first gate (mostly) up.  This is a very exciting development and it was great practice for the big double gate opening over the driveway that we will be tackling this weekend.

This gate is the most exciting thing to happen to me since we moved in

This gate is the most exciting thing to happen to me since we moved in

Almost there…

September 28, 2008

The weather this past weekend was rainy and miserable.  We didn’t let that stop us – we only had 17 posts to put up and weren’t about to let some crummy weather get in our way!  By Sunday afternoon we had all the posts set in the ground.  What a wonderful feeling to finally be done with the posts.  We finished with the posts early enough to start putting up panels.  Next weekend I think we’ll be able to finish the fence entirely – especially if we have help again.

My Mom and Dad came over and helped out again – they put up a bunch of beams together and then split up to tackle separate projects.  My Mom worked on clearing back the bamboo again and my Dad worked on removing wallpaper inside.

One day this week Dee Dee’s friend Cara is coming by to work on our front yard.  She has a landscaping company and Dee Dee has hired her (thanks Dee Dee!) to tackle the yard.  She is going to remove the boxwoods lining the walk, cut down dead branches on the big willow oaks, get rid of all the weeds, and generally make it a much nicer place.

Looks very fence-like

Looks very fence-like

 

A shot of the finished french doors - I don/'t think I/'ve showed this yet

A shot of the finished french doors - I don't think I've shown this yet

 

wallpaper removal at it's finest!

wallpaper removal at it's finest!

Lots of Help this Weekend

September 22, 2008

We had lots of help this weekend.  Both of my parents came over to help, as did Miriam’s Dad.  Brian came by on Sunday with his power washer and cleaned off the front of the barn and washed the moss off of our front porch.  My Grandmother even stopped by!  My Mom, Dad, and Brian put up a ton of beams on the east side of the yard – the entire side is done save for two sections that are longer than the 8′ beams we have.  We’ll have to go get some 12′ beams from Lowes.

After the beams were up my Mom did some lumberjack work and used the Alligator Lopper to cut down the bamboo stumps.

Miriam and I got all the posts in across the back of the yard and most of the posts up around the driveway.  We got the big 6″x6″ posts in nice and deep – these will support the driveway gate and the walkway gate.  I figure we have about 18 posts left to put up down the west side of the yard.

Look at all those beams!

Look at all those beams!

Brian and the power washer

Brian and the power washer

This part of the fence was very difficult

This part of the fence was very difficult

Miriam's dad is handy with the post hole digger

Miriam's Dad is handy with the post hole digger

My Mom with the Alligator Lopper and my Grandmother

My Mom with the Alligator Lopper and my Grandmother

Brian and my Dad hard at work

Brian and my Dad hard at work

Getting Help with the Fence

September 15, 2008

This evening my parents came over to help with the fence.  They measured and cut horizontal beams with the mitre saw while I used the nail gun to put up the beams and panels.  We only had about an hour and a half to work so we didn’t get much done, but it was good experience for later on.  We still have about 35 more posts to put up before we are ready to do all the beams and panels.

What teamwork!

What teamwork!

A nail gun makes the job so much easier...

A nail gun makes the job so much easier...

Hot Weekend of Fence Building

September 14, 2008

We made really good progress on the fence this weekend.  We got an additional 23 posts up.  Had it not been so horribly hot I think we could have gotten 30 up.  We got a smaller drill bit for the auger – 6″ – in addition to the 12″ bit.  The 6″ bit was SO much easier to get deep into the ground.  In places where the ground was really tough we did a 12″ hole about 18″ deep and then sunk in the center of that a 24+” deep 6″ hole.  This sped things up a bit and still gave us the stability we needed.  Right now we have 35 posts up – only 35 to go!

A row of holes waiting for thier posts

A row of holes waiting for thier posts

such a hot day...

such a hot day...

Gotta be careful - the auger is deadly!

Gotta be careful - the auger is deadly!

Fence Time

September 8, 2008

Today was day #1 of fence building.  We put up 11 posts in eight hours.  To put that in some perspective…

The machine couldn't cut it.  We needed Laura's muscle to do it manually.

The machine could not handle it so we had to have Laura do it the old fashioned way.

Fence Numbers:

  • 490′ of fence
  • Two gates
  • 70 posts
  • 210 horizontal beams
  • 1,100 vertical panels
  • 13,680 nails
  • 7,000lbs of concrete (3.5 tons!)
  • 1,200 lbs of gravel

We’ve really got our work cut out for us.  Most of the posts we put up today were very close to trees and/or in hard to reach areas.  Tomorrow we’ll be putting posts up in fairly empty areas so things should go a bit smoother.  The goal is to have 50 posts up by the end of the day tomorrow.

We rented “The Gopher” – a “one-man post digging machine”.  It doesn’t work nearly as well as the photos would lead you to believe.  First of all, it’s nearly impossible to maneuver into position.  And second, it it fairly weak.  It spins at only about 100rpms and if hit any resistance (rocks bigger than a golf ball, roots thicker than 1/2″ diameter) it stops.  Not only does it stop spinning but the engine dies completely.  Still, I guess it’s better than doing it all by hand…

Progress!Progress!
That is our BBQ and it stands in the way of fence progress.

That is our BBQ and it stands in the way of fence progress.