The weather has actually been almost perfect for fencing - not too cold and not too hot. And it still hasn't rained, which is desperately needed, but also allowed them to get quite a lot done on the fence line.
They laid out the fence posts in a line where they wanted to put the fence:
Then they strung a tight wire as a guide and pushed the posts in with the loader bucket. (Filling the bucket with dirt added a little weight to make it easier to push the posts.)
They will string three strands of wire on these posts and staple each wire to each post. That is usually the Bag Lady's job, but this time around she
There is rain in the forecast for this week, and that may put a halt to the fencing for awhile, but the rain would be very welcome. There is grass seed spread on all that dirt in the pictures, and rain would certainly help.
I'm trying to get inspired to put up a fence for a dog-yard. (Stony goes out on a tie-out now, or he would chase deer into the next county.) I wish I had a loader bucket! Or even a nephew. I've got lots of downed cedar from the ice storm in January 2009, though, waiting for me to cut posts from it.
Mary Anne in Kentucky
Getting a fence in place sure sounds like hard, tedious works all around. Thanks for sharing the process. I hope they get it done just before it pours.
Mary Anne in Kentucky - cedar would make womderful fence posts, wouldn't it? Don't you have a neighbour who is handy with a chainsaw? (I'd send my nephew down, but he seems to think he has to work at his day job....)
Hilary (we posted simultaneously) - fencing IS hard work, but the Rancher and his brother have built fence the REALLY hard way.... by pounding each post into the ground with a post maul, then carrying the roll of wire between them on a pole (rather than attaching it to a quad and driving along, letting it roll out), so they think this is easy!
It's hard work, but it is satisfying to get it done. I hope you get the rain you need.
That's true, cousin - it will be worth it in the end!
Hooray for the fence and the grass seed. Now c'mon RAIN!!
Anyone who wants to think farm/ranch life is romantic needs to spend a couple of afternoons putting in fence line or getting the hay in.
I don't blame you for passing the hammer.
Here's hoping for just enough rain.
Green gold is precious. Let the rains begin, the fence will wait.
Most interesting to see your pics. Hubby worked as a fencing contractor for awhile so I have some experience in staple whacking - also staple pulling, post hauling, fetching and carrying!
I used to go through a ton of band-aides!
kcinnova - couldn't have said it better myself! :)
messymimi - Ah yes, the romance of fencing and haying. *smirk* The sunburn, mosquito bites, sore thumbs, snagged clothes and bruises that are all part and parcel of fencing. Fun!
Gail - I am so hoping that the forecast is right - they say it will rain tomorrow!
Dawn - fencing is such fun, isn't it? If we were smart, we would buy stock in the Band-aid company! :)
You are a brave woman. So glad the nephew gave you a little break. That fence is lookin' good!
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