I’m back with another picket fence update!
Did you know that Home Depot delivers? I didn’t know that until my daughter Jamie filled me in on this little detail. I ordered my lumber and it was delivered a few days later.
The material was put under the carport to keep it dry.
I ordered 4×4’s and 1×4’s in 12 ft lengths, 2×4’s in 8 ft lengths., and a LOT of concrete.
I liked the way the lumber was stacked for delivery. The 4×4’s were on top, with the 2×4’s next and the 1×4’s (pickets) on the bottom. Home Depot really considered the order of the build when they readied the lumber for delivery. The pickets on the right were delivered a few days later because they didn’t have them in stock during the original delivery.
I was able to get 3 pickets out of each of the 1×4’s. The wood was very cold and very wet (from being treated), and I had to cut them on one of the coldest days in November.
After cutting each board into 4 ft lengths, I cut the corners off to give them a dog eared look. I did this to 498 boards!
You may wonder why I did this. It’s because I didn’t want the standard gothic fence. I researched and googled all kinds of options. To get the specific look I wanted, this was my only option.
I also ordered some 8 ft 1×4’s and 1×6’s in order to make a “box” to fit around some of the galvanized fence posts that we weren’t removing. In the area where one of the gates was originally located, it didn’t make sense to try to remove the post and install a new 4×4 post.
In this picture you can see how the “box” was placed over the original galvanize post. Rodney (my neighbor) is very particular about his work, and took the time to router all of the 4×4 posts and these boxes we made. It really does make a difference in the overall look.
Rodney drilled holes in the posts and secured the boxes with screws.
The 12 ft 4×4’s were cut in half, routed and placed in the post holes with the quickcrete. They were braced until the concrete set up.
Four of the 12 ft 4×4 posts were used for the front gate area to make an arbor of sorts. The yard is taking a beating with all of the construction. I can’t wait till Spring!
Next week, I’ll tell you all about the rails and maybe give you a sneak peek of the pickets and the template Rodney made!
We’re getting closer!
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