And it rained. And it rained. And I got so sick of the rain, that I went outside and started pulling one the old metal fence posts out of the ground. To my surprise, it wasn't cemented into the ground and with the days of rain, the ground had become soft and I was able to rip out the whole fence by myself. I got a little sore and started wearing wrist bands. The guys at Menards started to recognize me after my daily pick-up of as much lumber and cement my little Honda axle could handle. They liked me a whole lot better when I started lifting all the lumber myself and just waved to them. Did I mention I lost 13 pounds building this fence?
I experimented a little bit with the board size and decided on 1x4x8 with 4x4x8 posts. I had hoped to do the whole thing without boards in the middle, but a few mismeaurements with the posts and the fence wasn't exactly straight. Oh well. But, once you put a vertical line down the middle, you really can't see how they don't quite line up.
My next door neighbor, who had just graduated from nursing school and was studying for a big test and needed a break now and then, helped me out by helping me dig and cement the posts and then drill each board into the posts. It took me about a month, but I almost built a fence by myself! (with a little help from my neighbor). We're going to build her a fence this summer!
That's my dad's hat. I used it quite a bit to protect myself from the sun and to remind myself to focus and concentrate while lifting and using dangerous power tools I borrowed from several neighbors.
There was quite a bit of extra wood left over, so I built my seven-year-old daughter a little lemonade stand. The neighbor let me have some of her old bricks and I lined them up to create a little border around the fence.