The Dingo Relocation project got off to an excellent start this weekend, thanks to everybody who came out and dug holes, pounded nails, set posts, mixed concrete, etc. Saturday, we had a veritable army of folks: zylch
and her three kids, diermuid
and his three kids, archway
, and ysathora
. I spent most of the day managing the care and feeding of the horde. Sunday we had a much smaller crowd: zylch
returned, and matchgirl42
came out as well. We got all the post holes dug (with significant assistance from the power auger that saffronhare
rented for us), and about half of the posts set. It rained Sunday night and Monday morning, so we weren't able to finish the posts, but it's supposed to dry out the end of this week, so hopefully we'll be able to finish the posts by Saturday. We also finished the reclamation of boards from the old fence, and built a ton of fence panels. zylch
came back on Monday to inspect the water level along the post-hole row, and we built a ton more panels, until we ran out of boards. Another supply run in the works, I'm afraid. This project has become much more expensive than I thought it would be.
It's also a lot more involved and difficult than I thought it would be. As it turns out, there's at least one small spring on our property, and the water table at the house is higher than it should be. That means that some of the post-holes are filled with water, and will need a lot more concrete than we'd planned. That also gives some insight as to why there is frequently water in the basement. I think the next outdoor project at our house is going to involve planting some very thirsty plants along the sides of the house, and possibly along the fence line.
As usual, some things got left behind in the construction process. So far, I've got diermuid
's sweatshirt (which I'm going to wash), popefelix
's hammer, and matchgirl42
's bag of tools. Additionally, I think I have half of zylch
's worldly possessions, but I know she's coming back to work on it more. :)
We still hope to have the fence completed by 6/14, in time for Dingo Relocation Day, but it might be tough. Any local folks who want to donate a few hours' labor to the benefit of doggies are welcome to drop me a line and set up a time to come out. Also, if anybody's got a truck and is able to help us pick up additional lumber and concrete, that would be good too. :)