Even before we got a dog, we really wanted to have a fence around our backyard to provide a safer environment for our kids play area. The privacy is an added benefit of having a fence. Before taking on this immense project as a DIY task, we called a contractor to get an estimate. I was completely shocked with the estimate. Over eight grand for a PVC style fence and over six grand for a wooden fence. With the cost of materials only being around fifteen hundred dollars, that is a hefty sum for labor (they must be union).
Since I'd rather keep my money and spend it on other things, I decided to do it myself. Since I don't have school during the month of May, I decided that it would workout just fine. My dad helped me to pick up some supplies from our local Lowe's and I began working on it this weekend. These are the treated posts that I bought to get started.
I borrowed a post-hole digger from my sister (thanks Chris) last Wednesday and managed to dig all of the holes within 3 hours. My neighbors told me that it would be extremely difficult because our soil composition is heavy with shale at about the 1 foot depth. I was going to rent a powered post-hole digger but it required two people to operate and since I'm working alone (for the most part) I decided to use the manual hand tool instead.
I got started early but with several delays, I ended up getting behind from the start. I had to take my daughter to the doctor for an infected insect bite (probably a spider) and then my wife remembered she had a dental appointment in the afternoon.
With the kids and wife helping, we ended up having a lot of family fun. Letting the kids help me with everything is something I always try to do. Plus, it makes the end result more memorable.