Reconstruction of Terra Nova Gardens Fence

| 9/26/2013 4:41:00 PM

Here we are almost into October.  How the summer has quickly passed by us. The weather is starting to feel more and more like fall weather. One of the things I like about the area of Nebraska where I live is the distinct seasons that last at least a couple months. Some years certain seasons might be longer or shorter but usually they are evenly divided which makes each one very enjoyable. This could be the year that my grandson, Bradley, will be able to sled the school house hill by himself without his old grandpa riding down the hill with him. The issue is not going down the hill but climbing up the hill afterward. The first year, four years ago, Gramps had to pull him back up the hill on the toboggan. That ended a couple years later.

Removing the broken post

The reconstruction work has begun at Terra Nova Gardens. You would think that September would bring nice cool weather to work on such things but noooooo. This day was approaching 100 degrees. So this day a little work and allot of resting in the shade and drinking water was the plan. Two of the five post stubs were removed that day which I counted as a good day's work.

Big Post Removal

When first putting the posts up for the Terra Nova Garden panels, I wanted to make sure they were not going to be blown over by wind. I mixed up two 80-pound Quick Crete bags of concrete for each post. That made the total weight for the in-ground base about 200 pounds. That's good for stabilizing the post but not so good for digging it out. I never thought just a couple months after planting the posts that I'd be digging them out of the ground. The lesson learned here is that one bag is quite enough. This baby here was quite a struggle to get up out of the ground and into the wheel barrow.

The sad news is that the rail fence will not be rebuilt. It was almost totally destroyed in the accident and what wasn't was removed by the rescue squad and tow truck to help the driver out of the van and get the van towed away. Folks from the neighborhood still stop by and ask about what happened and shake their heads in disbelief. They say that some days they take a special trip just to see my progress on the garden. 

Split Post

The decision was made not to dig this post out but to repair it. 

Repairing the post

Some old-fashioned ingenuity for a makeshift clamp and a few 3 1/2-inch screws made this post as sound as it was before the accident. 

Now the real task of filling up the dug out post holes so new holes can be dug for the new posts begins. The soil has to be tamped down hard before the post holes can be dug. So far, two post holes and two panels are in process of being put back in place.

10/29/2013 12:17:36 PM

Nebraska Dave, You seem to be pretty busy, but I want to thank you for your comments on my blog about your nail clipper gift. You all must have winter there now...right? I assume you can't work when it snows, but supposedly a workaholic would find a way to do something outdoors. I'm curious. In your part of the world, do you have trees that show off their pretty autumn colors like those in the New England states? Happy Autumn!

10/14/2013 7:00:59 AM

Dave! Sorry to hear about your fence; all that hard work you put into it! I'll have to go back and read what happened; I've got a ton of back-reading to do. My computer was hanging by a thread most of the summer with a terminal illness (bad attempt at a bad pun) that prevented me from doing almost everything, including pulling up this site. It finally bit the dust about a month ago, and just last week, I got a new hard-drive installed. A favor, if you will? Send me an e-mail. When the hard-drive crashed, it wiped out all my e-mail contacts, as well as e-mails received...e-mails about the site upgrade, and how to post blogs, and my new log-in. I'd like to start blogging again, but don't have the information needed to do so, including Jean's e-mail. Thanks, Dave, and enjoy your day!

10/4/2013 2:47:18 PM

What a lot of work! I'm trying to catch up on reading blog posts and I was so sorry to hear of the destruction caused by the accident (but thankful to hear that the driver was okay). Enjoy these autumn days! We've had many nights of frost already here in Calgary, but the days are sunny and warm and some of the flowers are still hanging on.

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