Finally got around to putting up a new fence. The old one was 27 years old and pretty much rotted out to the point I was using bungee cords to hold posts in place. Since both my neighbors didn't want their small gates staying next to the new fence, they agreed to pay for the portion plus some of the costs of their respective sides. Took last friday to rip out the old fence, set the posts Mon/Tuesday and then put it up today with one of my coworkers. For a first time endeavor I think it looks decent enough. Thankfully I was able to borrow most of the tools from my neighbor across the street who's a carpenter and the total cost will come in at less than $1500 out of pocket since the neighbors are deferring some of the costs.
Originally was going to use a company, but since they tried to delay me 3 months after our initial agreed upon date, I just opted to go out and do it myself with some help.
Looks really nice. Great work, man. We had a fence installed about 9 years ago. Had to have a company do it, this is way beyond my skill level. I did stain in with that Australian Timber Oil after letting it weather for a season. Yours looks great and blends in nicely.
Nicely done, especially with the changes in elevation. Did you rent a post hole auger to dig the holes?
My neighbor on one side had a very nice new fence built a couple years ago. In my city the code is that every foot over 4 feet high and you have to move the fence in six inches from the property line. Thus, his 6 foot fence bought me another foot of yard. And the owner of a fence has to have the fence posts and supports face his own yard, which means I have the nice, clean and stained side facing me. My neighbor on the other side has a fence that the previous owner put in, which is showing its age badly. I know they thought about having it replaced last year, so I'm hoping they use their Trump/Biden bucks to get it done this year. That would maintain a wholly fenced in yard without my having to dish out a cent.
I ended up using the old post holes. Other than a bit of clean up I was able to get away with minimal digging using a manual post hole digger that my neighbour had. I honestly wouldn't care if we had a fence or not if it wasn't for the dogs. They'd run off if it wasn't fenced in. I kept the old posts though and am trying to figure out how to repurpose them. I think I might use them on the side of the house to set up some planters later this summer.
Using the old post holes must’ve been a huge time saver. When I did my fence I had to do them from scratch and had to hand dig due to how close the gas line was to the edge of the property, which was almost right against my neighbours back sidewalk. Add a really big tree that had a shit ton of roots I was forced to hand bomb my way through and it took quite a while.
The fence you put up is extremely close to the same kind I put up then, although decidedly less lengthy. Lotta work.