fence it off

I cannot even believe I am blogging about this. It is so easy, and I am sure you guys could figure it out. All the major work of building a fence was done for us, but in case you don’t know, I figured I would show you what we did to double side it. Alex blew me away with his little trick, so maybe it will amaze you too! ๐Ÿ™‚

We had a one sided fence between us and our neighbours to the right. It is nice to have a fenced garden of our own, but because it was one sided, there were gaps which you can see below. They have dogs which don’t like kids very much and we were worried that the girls would put their fingers through the gaps or taunt them with sticks and so on. So we spoke to the neighbour and they agreed we should fence off our side. It also allows us more privacy which is nice too. Here is how Alex did it.

Because their side was not perfectly spaced, Alex had to eye ball some slats to make sure the gaps were covered but this is the technique he used for the majority of the fence. Take a slat and hold it up to see how high all your slats need to be. Hammer in a nail on the side of one slat so that it rests along the top rail. This will be your spacer and ensure you have straight and even slats! No crazy measuring needed. I had no idea what he was doing so I thought this was pretty neat. The pictures explain it better than I do!

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See the nail in the side? When Alex rested that slat on the rail, it set the height and the spacing for the next slat.


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Then you hold up your next slat and hammer in 1 nail at the top, middle, and bottom to hold it in place.
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Here it is almost done! You can see in the photo below that there is only one nail at the top, middle, and bottom of the slats. He positioned these to the left. The reason he did this was just in case he needed to remove/readjust a slat that was off a bit, it was easier. And we only had to do this in a few places because the gaps on the neighbours side were not all perfect. And we wanted them covered. Once he was happy with all the slats he went back and put 3 more nails in each slat. Each slat has 6 nails now, 2 for each rail behind the slats. We also covered the gaps in that fence in the back. Alex just nailed slats right over the gaps. A shed will mostly cover it up one day, but it is preventing their bushes from growing through now, which is awesome. We are also wanting to knock down that smaller fence on the right and carry our 6ft fence all the way down. But that will be a project for next year.

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Of course we sat and had a picnic while we watched daddy work. Team effort and all ๐Ÿ™‚ They helped to sort nails and make piles for Alex.

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Oh I cannot wait to paint that back door too. Maybe next spring at this point. The front door is the same colour, bleh. They were also that putrid brown colour inside too! Thankfully they are already painted white inside. And you can see that the turf we laid is settling in nicely too. Much nicer than the mud cesspit we had before!

And then I had to take the girls pictures since I had the camera out. Eating pictures are never pretty.

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Emma is wanting to grow her fringe out so she refused to get it cut. Now she just looks neglected.

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This whole project took about 2 hours which isn’t to shabby! Of course it would be quicker with a nail gun, but Alex just opted ย for an old fashioned hammer. Alex was thrilled to finally have a project that was quick, complete, and one where you can actually see a difference after. These slats will lighten over time to match the garden beds which I prefer over a painted fence. Although we are going to stain the posts in between to blend in better, eventually.

This is probably our last big outside project this year. We are now clearing and cleaning for fall and winter. I love this time of year and I look forward to having more time to dream and make big plans for our outside space. It really pays off to live with something before you jump into changing it. You never know how things work for your family until you live in a space first and really get a feel for what you want vs. what is practical. Plus, dreaming is the fun part! ๐Ÿ™‚

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