4.14.2019

in which two humans figure out how to make a yard safe for canines

We did it! We closed the gaps in our partially fenced yard, in a way that looks decent, was within our budget, and within our skill set.

First we researched online, and eliminated many possibilities.

Then we simplified the project by choosing the least number of gaps to close that would still give the dogs a nice-sized area to play in, and by not having a gate.

After investigating local options, we drove five hours round-trip to the Home Depot in Campbell River to buy materials, and visited an off-leash dog park while we were there.

And today, we put up the fencing in about two hours.

We are not at all DIYers, and we are all kinds of pleased with ourselves for doing this. Kai and Diego are even happier! Kai ran in crazy circles before settling down with a toy.







On the other side of the house, we closed off the deck. The deck plus some yard forms an L with the fenced-in area.


This is off the other side of the deck, the short side of the L.


When the replacement parts for our new wood patio furniture arrive, we'll be in business.

5 comments:

Jay Farquharson said...

Great job on your fence.

Sorry about your stalker resurfacing.

If you run into issues about the fencebor deck gate becoming hard to see in low visibility, you can weave a bright rope or ribbon, through the upper grid of fence. More for guests.

laura k said...

Thanks, Jay. That crossed my mind a few times yesterday, since I've been that person more than once. I've had some highly embarrassing moments walking into screen doors that then gave way... Yes, visibility. I'm putting it on the list!

Good choice of words. He is more of a cyberstalker than a troll.

johngoldfine said...

We tie streamers of yellow 'police line' tape to the horses' electric fence wire to keep all concerned au courant with health'n'safety rules'n' regs.

Annals of Synchronicity: I was just yesterday unrolling 50' of that same style welded wire fencing (and deploying the same kind of green fenceposts) to be used to support peas in a week or two. I can tell you from long experience that you will never on a hope or a dream roll that wire up even half as tightly as you found it at Home Depot.

laura k said...

That makes sense, since the wire was rolled by machines -- in China.

We were pretty pleased that we managed to not to have it entirely sagging. :)

You did all that for a few weeks of peas? That's dedication.

johngoldfine said...

Actually, I need four 50' lengths for 100' of peas (two 50' lengths a foot apart to support one heavily-sown 50' row), but the oldest length had so many broken welds after decades of service, that I turned it loose in nature (we have a graveyard of farm equipment stretching back to horse-drawn implements and up to early tractors) to enjoy a happy and well-deserved retirement and replaced it with spiffy new Chinese wire. God, I love peas because they are work: preparing, planting, harvesting, shelling (but not eating, oh no.)

Another plus: the wire, not surprisingly keeps the dogs off of and out of my pea rows, and we can put off the disciplinary hollering I have to do when I put in seedlings in other areas.