Being a ranch hand (child labor actually) we put up and took down miles and miles of fence. One year I even took out five miles of barbed wire fence by myself. Just me and my trusty little old 1940-something Ford tractor with a hydraulic lift. I'm no stranger to post hold digging either.
When it came time to put one in the ground here in Arizona, I just grabbed my shovel and got to it. You see my driveway is hidden behind the garage. I can't see or hear anyone coming up to the house, so I found a system on-line that notifies me of movement with any of 32 original sounds. Woohoo!!
Trouble is, it can't be facing the sun, which meant I had to plant a post and install it on the opposite side of the driveway. No problem for the Ranch Hand who appeared in place of the blond who can't cook.
The hole is dug, but it took me some time. Seems all that fill dirt hauled in is full of really big rocks, which didn't play well with a shovel. By the end, I was down on my hands and knees digging them out. I placed the post and like Fence Post 101 in days of yore, I dumped in one big bag of Quickrete.
A big bucket of water later, along with my trusty level from the RV and the post is set. It's really not crooked like in the pictures. I let it set up all day before filling in the rest of the hole. DONE!! Just don't push on it too hard because honestly, I'm not sure my fence post skills are up to par.
While working on that, this cute little roadrunner showed up to flip his tail at me. I just love to watch these guys!!
Waiting for fence post concrete to dry is like watching paint dry, so I got to work hanging my quilt rack. The ranch hand is better at post hold digging than hanging stuff on sheetrock walls. After ten trips up and down the ladder and six tries, I finally got it up, except OH NO! The rod is still laying on the floor and can't be put in place because the wall is too close.
RATS!! I took it down ... that was a feat all in itself ... put the rod in position and after three more tries, finally got it up. Not bad!!!
With the post finally set and covered, I started work on installation of the gizzy. You have to "pair" up the sensor with the main unit, which didn't really seem to work right. I think I finally got it since I could hear it beep in the other room when I waved my arms around in the kitchen. Outside, with my trusty drill, I installed everything on the post.
Now comes the moment of truth!! Back inside, I heard it beep twice. I think it was picking up the movement of trees in the wind. Pretty cool, right? But alas, it beeped at everything. I moved the sensor a tad and haven't heard a peep since. Is it still working? I've no clue. It's takes two to tango and two to see if the sensor is seeing anything. I am only one.
The ranch hand loaded up on advil last night and slept like a log! Surprisingly, I'm not even sore ...... yet.