As I’ve mentioned a few times my backyard has two types of fencing: picket and chain link. There is a small section of chain link fence along the SE side of my yard that has seen better days. Unfortunately this section of fence is visible from the street.
Many critters can get into the yard since there is a huge gap between the fence and the post that butts up against my house. See the rocks and cement thing in the picture above? Yea – the old owners had those in place to try to keep the critters out. It didn’t work.
I inquired at work and on Facebook to see if anyone had any extra fencing lying around that they would be willing to sell me (after a search on both Craigslist and Freecycle came up empty). I only needed 12 feet of fence (4 feet high) so I didn’t want to buy an entire roll of the fencing from a hardware store since 1) I would have to pay $50 and 2) I didn’t want all the extra fencing lying around. A friend of mine had 40 feet of fence so he cut me a section free of charge. Score!
I bought some carriage bolts/nuts, a tension rod and some metal fencing hooks from Home Depot for less than $10. Once I removed the old fence all I had to do was attach the new fence to the existing posts and bar.
I should have spray painted the existing bars before attaching the new fence but I didn’t think about it until I was finished. Maybe I’ll do that another day. This took me about 20 minutes. Not bad for someone who has never installed fencing before!