Projects upon projects

How to build a privacy fence using just a little initiative and elbow grease.

For the longest time, my husband and I hemmed and hawed about when we were going to make the big investment of establishing a privacy fence around the back yard. There always seemed to be something else of higher priority.

One day, I thought: “Well, why not give a shot on my own?!”. I took my hole digger and went at it. It went surprisingly well! It takes no time at all to dig a hole, if there’s no major root or rock. If there is a major obstacle, I just keep at it, dig wider, get a crowbar or saw; and if all else fails, enlist my husbands help. But it is doable! And so gratifying to see it go up.  I

am still not finished, but this is how it began:

The rails are fence replacement rails I found at the hardware store.  They are already treated for the outdoors.  The poles are standard fence poles, also at the hardware store.  You can use cement to set them in, but I did not want to go down that road.  Instead, I used medium sized rocks, and wedged them in tight on all sides as I refilled the dirt and pounded it down.  It’s been a year now, with lots of bad weather, and they are holding up just fine!

As I finished the enclosed back yard privacy fence, I then moved right on to the front yards post and rail fence. Where there’s a will, there’s a way!!

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