After much discussion and consternation about my 181' long back fence, progress is finally coming into motion. At first, this was the goal. A nice 7' tall dog eared $7,800 picket fence. Yup, THAT was a rude awakening! I really wanted to just rebuilt what I had so it would all look the same, but initially the contractor (a young kid just getting started) balked at the idea.
At this point in time however, there is no wood to be had. I don't know why, since the country has closed down all the sawmills on the west coast to save the owls. Maybe it was all mailed to Texas or could it have been that ship that got stuck in the Panama Canal?
I went to Lowes and checked on plywood just for the heck of it. Not that I needed any, I just wanted to verify the craziness I was hearing about it being $95 a sheet. Sure enough, the crappiest piece of 1/4" plywood was $56.00. That makes fencing (and fence construction) right around $52.00 a foot here in lovely California, if you can even GET the lumber.
My fence is about 15 years old. It would be in great shape if the blankety-blank neighbor had not run his sprinklers 24 hrs a day four days a week on these trees that shed branches and needles all over MY side. That rotted out the fence posts, which is why the fence fell down.
At long last, after much discussion with my BIG contractor friend who builds dairy barns, huge commercial buildings AND houses, it was decided to use the pickets, just replace everything else. YAY!!
I was asked to remove all the crud next to the fence line down to dirt. Good grief!! Where's my KSA when I need him!! I grabbed a rake and went to work early to beat the heat. This stuff is close to 18" deep. What a struggle to get it away from the fence. Now I know why the skunks didn't come in from this direction!!