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Day 17 and things move into high gear in the back yard.

Day 17 of building the back yard fence.

  Day 16 was another bust day, as I had to drive out of town on business and did not get back in time to do anything new in the back yard.  But, what with the weekend finally having arrived, day 17 was a very productive day. 

  I was able to finish up installing all the remaining sections today.  It was a bumper crop of sections, what with five sections being installed today.  It was really helpful that I had a couple support posts which I had replaced last year.  Of course, the fact I had to replace a few posts last years was likely a premonition of things to come.

   What with all the sections up, I now only have to focus on building the entry gates.  This should prove interesting, as I’ve never built a gate door from scratch before.  I’m thinking that if I just pay close attention to how the old ones are make, I should be able to duplicate the same general format and construction.  I did cheat a little bit in that I purchased a framing kit for reinforcing the gate frames, which should make construction a bit easier. 

   I am sure there are people who would ask why has this been taking so long.  Well the big difference between me and a professional fence building company, is most companies have a number of employees that show up and install a new fence.  They also usually do not have to worry about taking the old fence , of if they do they do not have to take a fence apart in a manner that makes it easier to dispose of.  As it was, taking into account that there was only me, and that this was a part time job opportunity, it has gone fairly quickly overall.  Of course the best thing for me is I have likely saved upwards of $4,000 by doing it myself.

   I can hardly wait to tackle taking on the replacement deck!  Well, maybe I can wait a little while.

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August 9, 2008 Posted by | Exercise, thinking, thoughts, Words | , , , | Leave a comment

Day 15, because Day 14 was a bust.

Day 15 of building the back yard fence.

  Your probably wondering, “is this guy ever going to finish that stupid fence!”  Well, the answer is “Not Today.”  Yesterday was a very late work day, so by the time we made it home there was not much daylight left to work with.  So, tonight it was time to get back to it. 

   The remainder of the posts over to the far corner were wrenched out of the ground using nothing but pure brute force.  So after filling in all the holes, which were of course all in the wrong place, it was time to install more new fence sections.  So this evening, there were two new eight foot sections of wood fence that where dug in, nailed and screwed into place. 

   There is only about twelve feet remaining to get to the far corner.  Then it’s time to turn the last corner and head back up the hill for the remaining three sections worth of new fence to finish out the whole back yard! 

   And the best news of all, it I stepped on the scale this morning and saw a number which has evaded me for over the last 15 years!  Only seven more pounds and I will be under the magic two hundred, which I have not seen for even longer.  The ultimate goal would be to get back down to my ideal one-ninety.  Only another seventeen to go.  The fencing exercise program does seem to be working.  Perhaps I will really need to consider entering into the build-the-deck exercise program once I finish?

August 7, 2008 Posted by | Communication, Exercise, thinking, thoughts, Words | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lucky 13, Day 13 of building the back yard fence.

   After a full day of work at the paying job, it was time to come home and relax.  Relax in this case, is heading to the back yard to continue my exercise program revolving around the construction of a new back yard wooden fence. 

  Though I did not get much done in terms of putting up any new fence, I did however accomplish removal of about 25 feet of old fence, which makes way to the installation of the new.  The big news of the day; I’ve now made it all the way over to the opposite far corner of the back yard.  It does give a person hope that there truely is a light at the end of the fence!

August 5, 2008 Posted by | Exercise, thinking, thoughts, Words | , , , , | Leave a comment

Day 12 and no fence building.

  Well, it’s day 12 and not a single old board or post was taken down, or new installed.  Was it the temperatures in the upper nineties that held me at bay?  No, it had nothing to do the high temps or high humidity, though either of these could have been a great reason for not trudging back down into the yard. 

  The reason was, I had a dinner date with a great little grandson and daughter, which had to take priority.  Of course no dinner would complete without my partner for life, being by my side.  Besides she was driving today, and as we sometimes car pool, it would have been hard to attend without her.  Not that I would have wanted to mind you.  So this evening we had a gourmet treat at the De Lay Meno Wendy’s, where only the finest hand picked sources of Idaho’s best are served, along side some of the best Midwestern pure-grown ground beef paddies.

  Upon returning home after our feast of the senses, the back yard did have one calling which could not be ignored.  The grass had continued to grow over the last week and required its’ weekly cut to once again give it the flat-topped butch haircut appearance I keep striving to maintain.  Of cource there are lots of days left in the week to make further progress and continue the exercise program.

August 4, 2008 Posted by | Communication, Exercise, thinking, thoughts, Words | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Day 10 & 11 of building the back yard fence.

Well, day 10 & 11 have proved to be much more productive. 

  So much for the weekend being a time to rest up.  Of course I would choose to pick two of the hottest days of the year to do my back yard project work.  But, I did manage to get about 50 feet of new fence installed.  Of cource this includes removing the same amount of old fence. 

Nearing the corner post.

Nearing the corner post.

   The amazing thing about working in extreme heat is the amount of fluid you can drink without ever having to make a bathroom run?  Of course after a few hours your shirt tends to look like perhaps you have been out back playing in the lawn sprinkler with the kids.   Though the hammer and tool-belt may be a give away.

The first corner is bridged.

The first corner is bridged.

 

 

 

   I am sure that any day now I will wake up in the morning to see my newly sculptured physique.   Of course if I can only step on the scale and see a lower number I will be happy.  I do have to admit that I am really getting some good exercise based on the level of morning stiffness.  Plus there is the really good new that there is only about another 70 or so feet to go.  I can hardly wait to get started.

 The fence grows across the back yard.

Though it has felt like a very slow process. It is really nice to see the fence slowly take shape.  The view here is showing about one-half of the way across from one corner to the other.  The side running to the right, goes up the slope toward the house and is about the same length.  I think by the time I finish, I will be very tired of building fences.

 

August 3, 2008 Posted by | Exercise, thinking, thoughts, Words | , , , | Leave a comment

Day 9, and nothing!

It’s Day 9 and there is no progress to report for today.

  Today was one of those take off early to go play 18 holes of Golf with co-workers.  It was a fun time, but it really made for a long day.  After working half a day, it was off to the golf course to start a High-Noon shoot off.  Eighteen holes and a little over five hours of baking in near 100 Degree heat, we rolled back to the club house totally spent. 

   The last few holes ended up being some of our best.  I think I was finally so tired that I was no longer trying so hard.  Ended up hitting some of the best drives of the day.  Thank goodness for SPF-45 sunscreen!  I ended up with no sunburns, which is really good, as having had a chunk of skin removed from my forearm, I am more sensitive to being better protected.  But that is another story.

  So, to make a long story short, there was not progress, once again, on the back yard fence.  All work and play makes for no fence being built today!  But, there is always this weekend to get the hammer back into the swings of things.

July 31, 2008 Posted by | Exercise, thinking, thoughts, Words | , , , | Leave a comment