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First home, First project - Amazing results


We bought our first home last August and knew that our dog could easily jump the 3’ chain link fence so it had to go (not to mention the fitzer bushes were unmaintained and hideous). We make quick work of bush removal running my uncles 14” Ryobi gas chainsaw and my dad’s electric chainsaw. After they were all cut out we made 6 trips to the dump with the use of a 24’ trailer (hindsight we should have got a dumpster). On the demo of the chain-link we used a couple cordless drills/drivers to remove the hardware and used my Reciprocating Saw and Angle Grinder to cut the old posts flush with the concrete fence footing. Anywhere the new posts would line up with the old we did have to use a 60lb jack hammer and eventually some help from a bobcat to remove these. We then used a demo saw to cut chunks out of the footing where the new poles would go. Concrete removed totaled about 3,500 lbs.

Settings the new posts are pretty self-explanatory (use a string, level, 2*4’s for gaps, check and double check). Putting in the rest we used our Ryobi table saw to cut the verticals to size and used drills/drivers to put in the channeling and the cross bars.

All in all it turned out pretty good for someone that works behind a desk all day and has never even repaired a fence. I contribute a lot of the help to my dad and friend that showed up with some of the “old man knowledge” that pointed me in the right direction wherever I had questions. Since we’ve got the new fence up we have grown in the grass and added a great garden (made from all recycled materials).

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Comments (3)

  • Wow! Looks/sounds like a lot of hard work! Your yard looks totally different - amazing job! Can I hire you for my yard? :)

    By hlweber

  • The new fence totally transforms the yard! Great work!

    By RYOBI Nation
    • Thank you Ryobi! The pictures really don't even do it justice. The highlight of the entire project was how we inspired the rest of the neighborhood to clean up their yards and finish some of their projects.

      By Sawdust&Beer

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