Sunday, 16 February 2014

And he huffed and he puffed....

.... and he blew the fence down.

I know many many people are having a rough time with the weather and the flooding, our own story is tame in comparison. We noticed yesterday morning that some of our fence panels were flapping in the wind, and when we looked closer we found two of the posts had snapped. They hadn't come down completely, but a few more huffs and I think that would have been the case.

We were lucky that the rain wasn't as heavy as forecast yesterday meaning we could get out into the garden and get the panels off before they became damaged as we're hoping to reuse them. The posts then lifted out fairly easily. This afternoons job is to dig fresh holes for new posts, and then hopefully we can get the panels back up next weekend. In the meantime the chickens will have to put up with the mud bath that is their run - meeting next doors dog would not go down so well!

First loosen the nails holding the panels to the posts....

... at both ends. Joe used a chisel and a sledgehammer for this.

The wriggle the two apart, 

and get the fence panel out of the way.

Next the gravel board needed removing.

Finally the rotten posts came out.

All clear and ready for the new posts.
On a similar note, remember the drip we were struggling with a month ago? For several weeks we had no problems, and we were really hopeful that reshaping the leading had done the trick. But alas, this week the wind has blown from whatever direction it is and we've had more water coming through the roof of the bay window. We now need to get an expert eye in to take a look at this one for us.

7 comments:

  1. It certainly has been a difficult winter for everyone. Thank goodness spring is just around the corner.

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    1. I know there are thousands of people in the UK alone who would wish that a wonky fence and a couple of drips were the sum total of their problems, let alone all those in your part of the world with equally crazy winters.

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  2. The weather has been awful for everyone hasn't it, I'm glad our dilapidated fence in the back garden was replaced last year. The old one would have ended up a mile or so away in last weeks gale. Hope you get your window problem solved, we seem to be having the same problem with ours.

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    1. Hopefully our fence repairs will stand up to whatever else the weather throws at us this winter! I hope you manage to sort out your window problems too.

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  3. You've made it sound easy but I know that is a big job and it's hard work.

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    1. It was a couple of hours work on Saturday, and then we spent the same again getting the first of the replacement posts in on Sunday. Same again to do this weekend... Hopefully it'll all be done within a week or two. Just a shame that its not light enough after work to be able to get on with it then.

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  4. Hope you get it all sorted out soon, the chickens will be wondering why they can't have a run around the garden. We've got concrete posts for our fence, but we've had a panel blow out, I think Mick will be able to mend it though. Bays seem to suffer from problems, I remember my mum and dad having a leak in their's when I lived at home. It's annoying that you don't know what the problem is though, it might be easy enough for you to repair it yourself if only you knew.

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