House 9 Remodeling: Constructing Secret Gates – Day 1

In my last post, I described my vision of replacing the current double gates at House 9 with a new set of secret gates disguised as a section fence with the incorporation of a top header wall.  After spending weeks mulling over design ideas and shopping for components, it is finally time to start the DIY construction of these secret gates at House 9. Read More

House 9 Fence Replacement Project Cost

With the DIY fence replacement project completed at House 9, we can now evaluate the project’s total cost.  Before we dive into those details, here is a video showing how the old fence looked and also showing the final reveal of the new and improved privacy fence.

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House 9 Remodeling: Side Yard Double Gate Replacement – The Vision

In our last post, we completed the DIY replacement of the wood privacy fence along the east property line of House 9.  Unfortunately, the wood double gates which join the fence to the front of the house is now looking quite sorry next to the brand new fencing.  The double gates are almost 10 years old so I have decided to replace them to improve the curb appeal of House 9 and also the privacy of its east side yard. Read More

House 9 Remodeling: Fence Replacement – Day 5

On day 4 on the DIY fence replacement project at House 9, we completed another 5 fence sections and set the last of the fence posts in concrete.  Today, we resumed the project on its homestretch and brought it to completion. Read More

House 9 Remodeling: Fence Replacement – Day 4

With the hard work of the fence posts removal and installation done on day 3, today I continued with the second phase of DIY fence reconstruction at House 9.  Mrs. DIY Landlord was swamped with her day job responsibilities, so I tackled the work of putting up another five sections of fencing on my own. Read More

House 9 Remodeling: Fence Replacement – Day 3

In our last post we evaluated the success we achieved as well as the challenges we encountered during the first half of our DIY privacy fence reconstruction project at House 9.  Having come up with some ideas for improvement, we were eager to tackle the second phase of the project over the course of another weekend.

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House 9 Fence Reconstruction: Mid-Project Assessment

Our last post detailed how Mrs. DIY Landlord and I completed the first 40 feet of the DIY fencing reconstruction at House 9.  Now we have several days before we embark on the second phase this coming weekend.  While Mrs. DIY Landlord rests her sore muscles, I thought I would take the time to reflect upon how things have been working out so far on the project. Read More

House 9 Remodeling: Fence Replacement – Day 2

In the last post, I discussed our first day of fence reconstruction at House 9.  On the first day, Mrs. DIY Landlord and I removed the old fence posts and dug new post holes for first 40 feet of fencing.  With the hard work out of the way, we moved on to the easier and much more enjoyable part of the project: the framing of the fence and installation of the fence boards. Read More

House 9 Remodeling: Fence Replacement – Day 1

In the last post, I detailed the upgrades I plan on incorporating into the DIY fence replacement project at House 9.  One of these upgrades is increasing the fence height from 5-1/2 feet to 8 feet.  The most common height for wood privacy fence is 6 feet.  I have built several six foot tall fences over the years so I am very familiar with the specifications and requirements for their construction.  Eight foot privacy fences are much less common.  Since this is my first time building an eight foot fence I had to do some research to determine how they should be constructed. Read More

House 9 Remodeling: Fence Replacement – The Upgrades

In my last post, I discussed the sorry state of the fence at House 9 and the reasons why professionally built fences fall apart over time.  In this post, I will outline my plans for the replacing and upgrading the fence. Read More