This past saturday, under beautiful skies and in great company, Dan and I put up a fence in our PMQ backyard.
After some issues with us, our dog, and our neighbours, we decided it would be best for all if we could put a fence up. And so we did.
Our budget for this project wasn’t very big, so I set about looking at all the local home hardware/construction stores to see how much pre-made fence panels would run us, as well as the litany of other things needed to make the structure stand!
I ended-up finding pre-made panels at a quebec only chain, that were on for liquidation sale prices of 25$ for 8ft. I JUMPED at the opportunity, and that night Dan and I went to purchase the panels before they were all sold out.
** I had gotten our fence schematic pre-approved earlier that day after filling out the appropriate forms and taking measurements. Army is serious about its paperwork, so y’all better recognize!
Given that out pontiac torrent could not safely drive home with 10 concrete post “feet” and 72ft of fencing, we had the whole kit and caboodle delivered saturday morning at the crack of dawn.
I think it’s a testament to our army ingenuity and desire to “make it ourselves,” but the prospect of cracking open a two-4 and inviting some friends over to help put together a fence seemed like a delightful way to spend what will surely be the last “hot” saturday of the season.
Tobias profited handsomely from the fact that Bruce was outside with us all day, to occupy a cubby hole in our library. What a dandy!
It took us about an hour to lay down the concrete feet at the right distances, and to start cutting the posts before we found out that the picket fence panels we had ordered had run out, and that they would take back the 5 we had and offered us our full order in a simple motif. But, once we got our logistics sorted-out we kept going!
I even ventured out to the grocery store around 12noon to grab some pizzas and more beer before the afternoon hunger set-in. I happened upon cookie dough on sale though, and used the opportunity to stock-up before the cookie-o-rama that was the next day!
The rest of the day involved trips to the hardware store, some frustration, furtive glances from neighbours, but by 4pm it was all said and done. We were the proud owners of a fence! Now our pooch can run free!
If you want info on putting a fence into your PMQ, or a copy of our blueprint for yourself, let me know!