Why a New Fence?
To begin, it was necessary to clear the vegetation in order to get in with the materials and set the line for the fence. Had to hire a guy with a bulldozer.
The entire distance is 1/4 mile. We are almost half-way. Probably another 5 days of work. It’s exhausting. There’s so much walking involved, up and down the hills, back and forth. The really tough part is the auger will only go so far because of all the rocks. Then we have to pound the rocks with a huge bar that I can barely raise above my head, then get down on our knees and dig the broken rocks out by hand, get back up, pound the rocks, kneel back down and dig em out.
People who have never done fencing have no idea how labor intensive it is. It’s not just setting a pole, putting it in the ground and moving to the next one. There’s so much prep work setting the lines, building H braces, lifting 80# bags of concrete for every “line” pole, walking back and forth for tools, toting buckets of water for the concrete, using a chainsaw for the angle cuts on the braces, it runs out of fuel and the gas can is at the other end of the work zone… walking, walking, walking. I could go on and on about even MORE that is involved. I can hardly lift my arms this morning. And of course, Jim does 100 times more than me. By the time he finished, he was absolutely soaked with sweat. Even his jeans were soaked from top to bottom.
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