So....the backyard was in need of some attention to provide some additional security for our new dog as well as some functional and asthetic appeal....so here it goes....
As you saw in a previous post, there was a god aweful yucca plant that needed to be removed as well as some original (cerca 1960) planter box type of retaining wall holding up the small hillside where the yucca plant was. It all needed to go, in favor of the nicer looking albeit somewhat played out concrete block. 2 palates of block, 90 blocks total, 56 pounds each for a total of 5040 pounds of concreate block that needed to be carried from my driveway to the back yard and then subsequently set in place. Oh, don't forget the 1.5 cubic yards of crushed rock that also needed to be moved to the back yard to support and backfill the blocks, probably another 1000 pounds at least. It might sound like a lot, but was put in check by my stepfather who had 12 palates of some simliar block and couple of hundred feet of wall that he erected by himself....My wall turned out pretty good, not as perfectly straight as I would have liked, but shit it was my first wall and I did it in 1 day.
So then on to the steel fencing....There is a 4 ft high block wall running across the back of the yard, not quite high enough to keep anyone/anything in or out of the yard. Some of the neighbors put in plain old cost effective chain link running up the hillside to enclose all of their property, others did a standard wood fence that would have been pretty pricy as it would have been about 130 ft of fencing. I decided I wanted to just go with some steel or iron fencing right on top of the block wall (which I will later stucco to make it look a little more appealing). I got an off the top of head quote from Bear fencing that threw out 30 bucks per linear foot without installation (I needed 65 linear feet of fencing). I got a more solid quote from someone chris hooked me up with that included installation and came in at $2850.00. I just couldn't stomach that much money. So I checked out Lowes, they had some 3 ft X 8ft pre-fab steel panels that were just what I was looking for, about $650.00 for all the materials I needed. Piece of cake, one day job, or so I thought. Of course I needed to buy a hammer drill after learning that the one I borrowed from a buddy wasn't going to work for me, then there was the learning curve on drilling holes for the concrete anchors and getting the posts mounted, then there was a little problem in my measuring skills that sent me back to Lowes for some additional fencing that I needed to finish off the end of the fence. After 2 days I was done, ended up costing about $800.00 including the drill I needed.......I'm happy with it, only time will tell how good of a product that steel pre-fab fencing is......The pictures don't really do it justice, looks better in person
And finally, the thing that was in most need of repair, the fence on the west side of the house. Who knows how long it had been there, might have been original but I think that the only thing holding it up was the trees planted on the other side of it. I had initially planned to have someone come in and dig out the concrete from the old fence posts and then set some new steel fence posts in concrete and I would do all of the wood work. The quotes I got were from $700-$1000 just for the digging and setting, then I would need another $300-$400 for the wood and materials to finish the fence.....Once again I decided, screw it, I'll do it myself. As with anything it took slightly longer than expected but wasn't as hugh of a pain in the ass as I thought. One day to tear down the old fence and dig out the old posts, next day set the new posts in concreate and finsh staining/sealing the fence boards (which I had started earlier in the week), then one last day to screw everything in place, build a new gate next to the house, and re-attach part of the neighbors fence to mine. I think it turned out pretty good......cost me about $750