Saturday, August 27, 2011

Buildin' a fence

Earlier this year Jericho, myself, and a bunch of friends and family planted a little orchard at the farm in Maine. This week I built a fence around it.

Happily mowing was mostly taken care of before I arrived:

So it was easy to work around the trees and along the eventual fence-line.

I started at the corners of the area and drove 8 foot steel t-posts:

Using a post driver:

This was actually a lot easier than I expected, perhaps because of the heavy rains on the preceding evenings. I strung 12 gauge monofilament wire between these to define a straight line:

I used the line to place intermediate t-posts:

After 15 t-posts were up and connected with monofilament, I hung deer netting from it:

This part seemed harder than driving the t-posts, maybe because I was already somewhat tired from that earlier activity, and maybe because this activity mostly involved holding my arms above my head for long periods of time doing more close-detail work.

I started by zip-tying the net to the monofilament to temporarily fight sag between posts:

Then I used inline tensioners to take up the slack:

The bottom of the net is held down with sod staples:

The netting quickly vanishes as you move away from it, so I also flagged each stretch:

Some loose ends still need to be wrapped up. I found some ferrules at the hardware store to secure the monofilament, but I haven't tried crimping them yet. The zip-ties need to be replaced with a more robust solution. And the deer net needs to be secured to each t-post to keep it from billowing so much.

1 comment:

  1. Aw man. I remember building a fence like that. We used rather heavier gauge fencing (don't think it was quite chain link). Rather satisfying if exhausting work. Of course the dog (for whom we built this fence since she would roam over the county if allowed) wasn't terribly grateful. We were so proud of having a large back yard for Bonnie to run around in that as soon as we finished building it we opened the back door and hollered for her. She proceeded to dash along the fence line all the way around the back yard and (without breaking stride) back up the deck stairs inside when she discovered she was stuck inside one pitiful acre (give or take). Yeah.... :)