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On the Fence

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You know it’s hot in Georgia when every conversation begins with, “It’s hotter than the hinges of Hell.”  By the way, that is the only “hotter than” cliche I can post without blushing.  This is, of course, when we are down to the wire on fencing and goat housing projects.  Here’s some of our progress in the front lot pre-goats.

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Josh found a great deal on railroad ties and hauled them home with big plans.  First, he had to cut down about thirty trees to clear a path wide enough for the truck to get through in order to build the fence.  Some may argue that clearing a path for the truck before sinking posts is a poor use of time but they have probably never attempted to lug a railroad tie a couple hundred feet and then sink it in the ground by hand.  This isn’t a Strongman competition, after all.  It’s farming.

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Railroad ties weigh about 200 Lbs. and are generally 8 1/2 feet long, 9 inches wide, and 7 inches thick.  Josh sinks them into 2 foot deep holes.  In areas with softer soil and frost lines, the post holes need to be 3 feet deep.  Here in west central Georgia, the holes don’t need to be as deep because the soil is rock hard.  Cement may also be used to keep posts in place.  We find that it really isn’t necessary here but in other places it is a must.

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He measured the post hole digger and then marked the diggers using a permanent marker.  This lets him know when the walls of the hole are deep enough.  Digging in our soil is no small task.  The reward for digging through all that hard-packed clay?  Hauling a railroad tie over to it, tipping it up, and then wedging it in place.  Then, the soil is tamped in around the post.  Finally a bucket of water is poured around the base and more tamping is done.

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The tamping and packing of soil may be done with the handle of a gardening tool.  We use a hoe but this is entirely up to you.  Once you have sunk your corner posts, it’s time to talk braces.  But we’ll save that for another post.  I need to make lunch for Josh.

Questions?

  • YDavis - Nice job!ReplyCancel

  • Rosa - Great job!

    Cheers,

    RosaReplyCancel

  • Dee - Wow, that’s going to be one impressive fence. It’s real clever how Josh marked the ditch-diggers. That’s a really cool helpful idea.

    Great pictures! Thanks for sharing!

    Wishing you a cool & comfortable rest of the week!
    🙂ReplyCancel

  • Dianne - I like the fence design a lot! It does definitely look like hot work in the South…oh, but won’t it be FUN having goats!!!

    Blessings,
    DianneReplyCancel

  • mrs darling - We’ve reached 85 degrees here in Oregon and we think we are dying in the heat. LOL

    Nice fence!ReplyCancel

  • Michele - You are working that man way too hard. Rent him a post hole digger from Home Depot. Seriously, I did this for JR and I thought he was going to cry. Not really, but he was very happy. We ended up doing every hole we could ever think of in one weekend. Plus it gave the boys great starter holes to play in.

    One bonus for you Josh is probably pretty buff. LOL!ReplyCancel

  • Julie at Elisharose - If y’all are as hot as we are, I hope you fixed that poor man a nice cool gazpacho or something similar. It’s too hot for me to work like that right now. Of course, if I was expecting the arrival of goats, I might be able to tough it out.ReplyCancel

  • Sophie - Your man has worked hard,…!!! Great job he did too!
    And all of that hard work in this heat,…in the center of Brussels it is now: 31°C= 87.8 F!!!ReplyCancel

  • Dawn - Haha, save it for another post. That is one heavy duty fence he is building. Our soil is sandy and it is tough to get anything to stand up. We did get a good corral though.ReplyCancel

  • Leah - Hi Lacy,

    I have to apologize, I have not read your post, I don’t have time at the moment but I will try later. I need your prayers hon, something happened with my niece. Please, please pray for us… details on my blog.ReplyCancel

  • Leah - Thank you Lacy – it means a lot! We’re getting the house ready for a looong visit with niece, should she wind up in our care for more than the usual couple of days she visits. We have no idea what’s going to happen when CYS talks to Sheena & Bobby but there is a good chance she’ll wind up with dad and me. Sheena’s mother sure did cause our family a heck of a lot of un-due stress… but hopefully this was the situation necessary for everything to finally be sorted out with all this. There is a place they looked into that has a special unit where kids can stay too so they’re close to their parents, but I’m going to tell Sheena I think Tay would be better off to stay with us instead, because I really do feel it would be best for her that way. But we’ll see what happens. I hope she does clean up and stay sober… our family has too much experience with close friends losing their kids to drugs, it’s so stressful on everybody involved.ReplyCancel

  • Tia Julie - Oh my, I am tired just looking at this post. Joshua is such a hard worker as well is his wife.ReplyCancel

  • Kath - Wow!!! Thats going to be one sturdy goat holding fence!! I am impressed.

    The heat in the south…….. I will never be visiting the south again in the summer. We are wussies and cant take it. And its way too expensive when we end up in an ambulance with heat stroke! Zach that is anyway. We spent a few days in AR and did not enjoy the stifling hot. How honestly can you all handle it on a daily basis? It makes our cold winter weather very bearable!!!!

    I will be visiting in early spring tho!!!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Lynnie - Wow! You may as well throw a few oxen in there with a fence that size! Good luck with your goats!ReplyCancel

  • Steven Phipps - WOW… Great BLOG, but I would like to see the finished fence and the rest of the tutorial on how it was put together. Has a Part 2 already been posted or is it forthcoming?ReplyCancel

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