Building Our New Fence..


Out with the old chain-link fence.  For the most part this was a fairly easy task, with the exception of a few minor obstacles.  Tali, Jay and Brooke took turns wheel-barrowing loads of compost from the old heap to a new location on the other side of the yard so it was no longer in the way of things. The compost heap was originally as tall as Tali.  You can also see from these pictures how drastically the water restrictions have affected our trees and garden in general.  (The neighbor's weeds however, seem to have come out unscathed!).

The stump of this silly tree proved to be a royal pain in the *** and had to be jacked up out of the ground with chains after a serious amount of digging. First though, we had to cut the chain-link fence out from around it.
With the chain-link all removed, the next step was to jack out all of the steel posts.  This was not going to be fun (so we thought).
Watch this space! Soon we will have video of how easily the post were removed with this jack!
The big, scary Auger made life much easier.  After setting the string line and marking where the holes were going to be, this beast did most of the digging. Unfortunately, being on very sandy soil, the holes didn't stay "holey" for very long and required a bit of hand-digging too!
The first post is set and level.. the rest of the posts are in the holes awaiting their turn to do the same. The smaller pieces of wood on the ground at each post were to be nailed in for support while the cement was setting.
The mixing of cement and setting of the posts was probably the most time-consuming and exhausting part of the job.  We have some very large oak trees in our yard and, as you can see by where the post is sitting in the hole above, the root systems threw the accuracy of the auger off quite a bit. 
When all was said and done, the moment of truth had arrived...  time to attach the panels!!!  Because of the tree-root problem, after re-measuring a third time, we discovered that some of the panels were not going to make the distance comfortably with enough "meat" to screw into the posts.  We solved this dilemma by  measuring a new post to the same height as the existing one, counter-sinking long screws in and attaching the posts firmly together.  This method seemed to be much easier than the alternative - removing the posts and starting over!!!
Exactly one week after beginning, the project (or at least part one of the project) was completed.  It makes a big difference and now the things we need to do to improve our yard seem more manageable when we don't have to look at all the car bodies and debris our neighbors have accumulated.  Now we can really focus on making our yard more kid-friendly and attractive.  Throughout the entire week that this project took place, we worked in heat that at times exceeded 103F in the shade and never dropped below 99F.  For those of you in Australia, that is around 39.5C the majority of the time..
Part two of the project will begin soon, with the addition of a gate from the front of the new fence across to the house and the entire back fence being replaced

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