Fencing It In

Welcome to the homestead! Lots of projects going on around here.

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Our largest family adventure so far (we have lived here for 3 months), installing a fence!


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A very long fence.

Whap. Whap.


Let me tell you, I have a very strong husband.

Whap. Whap. Whap.


He designed and built the fence.

Whap. Whap. Whap. Whap.

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A fence with 109 posts to be exact.

Whap. Whap. Whap. Whap. Whap.

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It took a lot of whaps.


But he got it done.



Sam pounded in the posts into the ground, and the neighbors and I listened to the whaps. We spent our weekends and evenings hauling wood, hammering, stapling, and most of all, whapping. Not the most fun six weeks of our life, but the most accomplished, for sure. It even snowed in the middle!

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My favorite part? The gates.

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Cooper has been contemplating the change. I think he will adjust just fine.


So we aren’t done yet. Two more gates to go. But at least the whapping is over.

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A bit about the construction. This fence is 42″ tall, which was the height limit for front yard fences in our county. To make our fence affordable we used some unconventional fencing materials, namely landscape posts and decking boards. (My estimation is that we saved $1200 by switching out which pieces of wood we purchased.) Other materials used include galvanized wire fencing, nails, and staples. Each post was cut to length with a point at the end to ensure it went in straight when pounded into the ground with a 16 lb sledgehammer. (Hence the whapping.) The occasional post required the post hole digger. The gates were cut and assembled by hand.

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Once again, my husband is awesome. And strong. And persistent. And is now offering whapping lessons for anyone interested in perfecting the art.








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