So about three weeks ago one of our fences in the back yard had a whole section collapse. The landlord next door co-ordinated the replacement and the new fence looks good:
Unfortunately, our gate, which was on its last legs and attached to the previous fence, did not handle the separation with grace...
I debated whether to get a quote or to do myself - but I had a three day weekend, so let us build a gate!
First of course, is the removal of the old gate and posts:
These posts literally slid right out of the ground:
Have a little wood rot with the replacement?
The other side literally broke off at ground level:
The gate also just almost fell out of its moorings:
So now I started to place the two posts nearest to the house. First unhappy surprise: these posts were also concreted in place - and my posts were just a little bigger and would not fit.
This created some stress in my life. I have neither the tools to remove concrete nor the time to do so. I tried with a crowbar and hammer but got nowhere. Then I had an idea worthy of my friend Jambaloney: the new fence extended beyond where it had previously been so obviously they had sunk a new post hole. Why could I not do the same?
Progress went more quickly after that.
Placing the first two posts was fairly straightforward. I may not know a great deal about a great many things, but I spent three months with my father-in-law The Master Sergeant putting posts in place. A post, I can put up (I will spare you the boring details of mixing and setting the concrete):
I would show the others, but apparently I deleted them. Suffice it to say that the process was exactly the same (although I ran out of concrete and had to go to the Big Box Parts store for more).
Next was the part to attach the fence boards to. This was a challenge (at least for me) as the screws would not directly go in. I tried a drill bit (better, but not much so) then settled on a wood drill bit. It made the process go faster, although changing from bit to bit chewed up some time:
My second posts had not set so I could not do much else - and besides, it was nearing the end of the day:
Depending on the progress I make, we will either have a Part II or Part II and Part III to this. Overall tired and a bit sore, but satisfied with the progress today.