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A busy, unproductive weekend

March 29, 2010

This weekend we were hoping to build our new fence.  It is more challenging than one might think to find the sorts of random building materials I was originally hoping to build the fence from: old doors, corrugated metal, ocotillo…  It’s probably for the best.  If I had it my way our house would look like some sort of desert junkyard.  After spending all day Saturday driving around scouting out materials, we ended the day confused and without anything done.  Another factor in this is that wood is expensive and we (Paul especially) are cheap.  And without significant income, so cheap for good reason.  A survey of both local lumberyards, Home Depot, and Lowes has Lowes with the best selection, and nicest looking wood (second best on price), local lumberyards had a crap selection and poor quality wood, but good prices, and Home Depot has gross looking wood and was the most expensive.

A "before" of the driveway

We were both stressed about it, and went to bed not knowing what to do (after we made ourselves homemade pizza, but using Trader Joe’s pizza dough, for the second night in a row).  I literally had a dream that we built one of the fences we’d been considering.  This one.

It’s not my favorite fence ever, but I like it enough, it seemed reasonably easy to build, and we knew we could find the materials.  Also, Paul took my dream as a sign of approval from me to go ahead with building it (I’ve been known to change my mind about things like this several times in the building process).  Ours will be slightly different, with some larger boards in the mix, mostly because larger boards = less money.

Paul has some idea of how he’s going to work a gate into this, but I’m horrible at visualizing that sort of thing so I’m not seeing it.  I trust him though.

It took several trips to the store to pick up materials (Paul figured out how to drive 12 foot boards down the freeway in a Honda Civic…I wasn’t there so I didn’t have to panic about it).  By the time that was all done, we had time to set the posts and cut some of the boards.  I may be able to finish the side, non-gated, part of the yard tomorrow.

Here's where we're at now.

As you can see from this picture, Hazel quite enjoys running in circles around our yard.  She’s going to be pretty bummed out about her lack of front yard access.  Our neighbors, however, are going to be psyched to not have her barking at them every minute of every day.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Dad permalink
    March 29, 2010 9:41 pm

    Hope you’re not planting those nice redwood posts directly in the dirt. They won’t last three years.

    • inoakpark permalink*
      March 29, 2010 9:45 pm

      They have cement around them. Is that better? It doesn’t seem to be setting though…

      • Dad permalink
        March 30, 2010 12:28 am

        Cement is good. Ideally, some gravel below that for drainage, Dirt would be bad, though.

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