Feeling fenced in…

2 05 2013

I spent the weekend back in the garden.

It’s all about getting it ready for JJ’s first summer as an active one year old.

This time, it was the turn of the fence.

I had booked in an order with Wickes and B&Q for various tools, bit of wood and fence ‘stuff’ to be delivered on Saturday.

Part of me hoped for rain or a failed delivery but everything turned out nicely.

So after a little bit of clearing and prep, I got to work.

I started by laying the frame out to scope where everything needed to go.

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I’ve got wood.

The plan was to put in five fence posts and run a series of beams across the posts to attached the slats.

I put some 24″ metal post spikes on the fence posts and with a little love from a sledgehammer, drove them into the ground.

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I then dug a small foundation for some brick to fill in a gap of a small wall, which you can just about make out.

This was just to try to be a bit neat although it wasn’t a good job!

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While the concrete was setting I then affixed the beams to finish the frame.

It was quite tricky doing this by myself as you can imagine.

You can see the improvisation of using an old fence post to help me balance the beam!

Once all drilled in to place with my nice new cordless drill (a boy’s got to have toys), I then had to cut a few bits of wood to angle part of the fence around to meet up with a gate.

Then it was a relatively straight forward job of nailing the slats into place.

With the exception of another trip to Wickes when I ran out of slats, it was quite quick to complete.

Then a quick tidy up, hose down and the finished result appeared like magic.

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Eh voila.

Ok, so the eagle-eyed among you will see a slight dip in the fence (Wifey was obviously quick to point this out) but apart from that I was quite happy with the result.

I still need to finish off the wall where you can see a gap towards the end.

During the build I was also attacked by hailstones.

They were quite large but looked amazing.

They were shaped like a pyramid on one side and then loads of crystals on the top.

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Wifey: hand model extraordinaire

It was probably a message from above to sort out the wall.

And the dip in the fence.

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11 responses

2 05 2013
Alastair

Great work my man

2 05 2013
Frankwell

Thanks! It was all quite satisfying I must admit.

2 05 2013
Alastair

I imagine it was. Going from the “I don’t want to … ” to the “done πŸ˜€ ” is the best part

2 05 2013
Frankwell

Agree – and then standing there for a few minutes admiring the work πŸ˜‰

2 05 2013
Alastair

Yep. Although when I do something like that, it tends to fall over not long afterwards

2 05 2013
Frankwell

Kind of like me after a drink

2 05 2013
Alastair

Haha πŸ˜€

3 05 2013
subsistencesuburb

Great Transformation so far!

7 05 2013
Frankwell

Thanks!

7 05 2013
adinparadise

Good job, Frankwell. Well done to you. πŸ™‚

7 05 2013
Frankwell

Why thank you!

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