For the past week, I’ve been working on building a white picket fence around my front yard as a Mother’s Day gift to my wife. Some of you may have seen a few of the photos from last Saturday on my FB page. But for those who haven’t, I’d like to share with you my progress!
Friday, May 3rd
So I went to Home Depot and rented an auger the night before we were to begin, so I wouldn’t kill myself trying to dig post holes in the clay that Los Angeles substitutes for regular dirt.
Saturday, May 4th
Got up early on Saturday morning and hauled out said auger.
My good friend Jonathan was helping me cut the lumber. These boards were being cut in half to be used as fence posts.
My son Micah using the auger to dig a post hole.
Aaron was lending a hand doing something constructive (destructive?) with this shovel.
Jonathan wanted a turn with the auger and wound up with a small burn on his arm when the auger kicked back and tagged him with the exhaust. :-/
Arielle, not one to be left out, was assisting with clay/dirt scattering. Because scattering is a big part of building… apparently.
I wanted to make sure that each of the posts were not only the same height, but level as well. My dad was supervising.
We decided on an 18 inch inset for the posts near our neighbors driveway so they wouldn’t have trouble getting into/our of their cars.
Jonathan and I discussing the finer points of cement pouring. This is important as I didn’t realize cement pouring had fine points.
My dad mixing the cement for us to, well… pour. Now that we’d agreed on all the finer points.
Fence building is a family project.
Another check of the post height. With all of the posts in and the cement poured, that was all we were able to do on the first day. We had to let the cement set before we could proceed any further.
Thursday, May 9th
My wife wanted to paint the posts before we started adding the rails.
So she went around to all 15 posts and did just that.
My wife’s beautiful handiwork.
Avery decided to show up and demonstrate how easy it is to apply fence paint to clothing.
Then, in the middle of everything, we had a beautiful evening rainbow that bloomed out of nowhere.
We were trying to figure out what caused such an unusual glow and I later found out that there was an eclipse taking place. The residual light reflected off the moisture in the air, causing an ambient glow that lit up the entire neighborhood.
Friday, May 10th
By the time we were done, it was too dark to get a good picture. So I took a few this morning before I headed in to work.
We worked well into the night and managed to get all of the rails up. Now on Saturday we’ll start adding the pickets.