That was the main requirement: secure the fence so it doesn't blow down. Precision, aesthetics, craftmanship were not in the equation. Functionality. And a solution that was easy on the budget.
Instead of rebuilding the fence and starting over, we dug some strategic holes, dropped in some new 4" x 4" posts and repaired a few rotted boards. Simple enough.
Reid decided to get a two man auger to dig the fence posts which seemed reasonable.
He rented one from Home Depot and we dug a practice hole and
The first real hole was another story. It was about 5 minutes into digging this hole I decided, "This is young man's work." But at that point I was committed. My next main thought is, "This baby is hard to ride. No matter how hard I tried to muscle it, the thing on my end would not go down or up.
By about the second hole we dug I figured out the best thing to do was not to fight this monster, just learn to maneuver it and let it do the work.
But first I had to get the hole to the right depth and brace each post. Then I put a bag of Quick Crete cement into each hole. I filled with water, stirred it around and let each post settle for 24 hours.
Next day, I raised the fence and started putting in lag bolts to attache the old posts to new posts.
It was fun to get it fixed and get in some exercise. All in all, the main lesson learned was the right tools make the job easier. Other include:
- There is no easy way to dig five holes 3 feet deep. Lots of shovel work.
- Renting the auger for $60 was no bargain (especially on my 61 year old body). Should have bought a $25 post hole digger for more precision (getting the new holes nearer the old posts) and it would have decreased the shovel work.
- SawsAlls work great to cut tree roots and battery operated hand 'drills' for screws and lag bolts worked great.
Glad that project got done. Now on to the next one.
Thanks for joining us today on the Roadrunner Chronicles! Until next time...