If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you know I’m tackling a huge DIY project at my home—removing a chain link fence and replacing it with a DIY Picket Fence! It has been on my to-do list for several years, and I just can’t put it off any longer.
First, I’ll share a few pictures that will tell you the story of why this fence needs to come down.
The components are no longer connected how the should be due to their age.
The fence is rusting, as it is probably almost as old as I am!
This very sad back corner is the worst of the entire fence.
This is the same corner, but from a different vantage point. Notice the second post from the corner going up the street. It has sunk about a foot into the ground away from the top rail.
This is that same section of fence, one of the smaller sections, with only a few poles. This part of the fence was actually the shortest (in height) of the entire fence. From the ground the height was a full 10 inches shorter than the highest point of the fence (along the driveway) Removing this part of the fence was the most challenging due to two trees growing into the fence over the years.
You can see here how bad the top rails of the chain link fence were bent.
A neighbor (Rodney) from down the street is the brains behind all of this work. Most of the poles were dug up, and they will be re-used as will the better portions of the fence. We did temporarily leave a few very stationary posts for measuring etc. There were FIVE posts that will remain for the new fence. Stay tuned for details on that.
Hanging on the fence is my DIY reclaimed fence flag.
After removing the chain link fence.
The small red “cross” looking item is the PVC pipe fire hydrant I made for my little Louie.
If you look closely, you will see a difference in the color of the leaves on the tree. As my series continues, the leaves will tell their own story of how long this project has taken.
The porch swing enclosure has been there since 1988.
So, while the fence and posts were gone, I took advantage of the situation and removed all of the lattice sections. I literally just pushed them over. After taking this picture I removed the two smaller sections.
More projects visible here. On the right you can see my Glass Topiary and the Candlestick Birdbath that was featured in Woman’s Day AND Reloved Magazine! Hanging from the swing is the Wind Chime I repaired
I can’t wait to share more details with you next week.
I thought doing the prep work was going to take the most time, but actually all of it is moving rather slowly due to shorter work days because of the time change.
Have you ever removed a chain link fence?
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.