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The “Fencing Debacle” Continues

May 15, 2012

Looking like a farm.

Mr. B and I were fencing yesterday in the 150* (75) degree heat, and he looked at me and said, “I bet you thought this fencing debacle would take a lot less time.” Story of my life, Mr. B.

In spite of the heat and my arm-covering heat rash, we did get a lot done over the weekend. A lot of credit for that has to go to my mom and our family friend who were out visiting. Not only did they help Mr. B so I could work on the actual garden, but they also were willing to put in the long hours to get things done.

Since the t-posts were in, the first job was installing the wooden corner posts. We borrowed an auger to dig the holes, saving all of us from the job of digging 18 holes.

The auger was easiest to operate with three people – one to drive the tractor, one to signal if the auger is straight, and one to apply downward pressure.


After the holes were done, we installed the posts and packed gravel and dirt around them. The posts are 10 1/2 feet tall, and we burred them between 2 and 2 1/2 feet in the ground. With fence posts, the ideal is 1/3 of the total length, but we wanted an 8 foot high fence and started hitting a lot of rocks around 2 feet, so we buried them at a shallower depth.

Next, we installed h-bracing between the wooden posts. This helps keep the posts from bowing inwards at the tops. That electric chainsaw is still useful, but we are thinking of upgrading to a gas powered one so we don’t have to string every extension cord together. The bracing sits in a notch on the poles, and is also held in place with a long nail/spike.

We initially used smooth wire to put tension on the corner posts.

Unfortunately, when we put up the first side of fencing the tension caused the two corner posts to lean inwards. The one tension wire was taught, but the other went slack. Mr. B was concerned that the posts would continue to bend inwards, so we replaced one of the wires with a wooden cross brace, and then re-tensioned the other wire. With that fixed, we’re ready to get back to stretching the fencing tonight!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Rita permalink
    May 15, 2012 8:31 am

    I admire your mom and her friend, much stronger women than I.

  2. sue permalink
    May 17, 2012 12:01 pm

    the wooden cross brace looks really, really good. it’s going to be a beautiful fence.

    • May 17, 2012 12:02 pm

      I’ll tell Mr. B! He was afraid that the red treated lumber would look bad with the green-colored posts (“an eye sore”).

      • May 18, 2012 2:12 pm

        Silly Mr. B! Red and green are a classic combo of the american homestead.

  3. nwdirect permalink
    May 25, 2012 1:37 pm

    so glad i finally got to see this place.
    it always feels great to get a comment from you. if you find a photo you like, grab it and do whatever you like with it. see ya in a month

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