A Garden Fence & other D.I.Y. Projects

Discussion in 'Isaan Homes/Gardens and Land D.I.Y.' started by nomad97, Jul 2, 2020.

  1. nomad97

    nomad97 Ordinary member Staff Member

    The front garden was devasted by the drought last year. The nicely trimmed lawn is no more. It has been replaced by weed, now growing well with the recent rains. The problem has been exacerbated by the two dogs, Emily and Bruno, digging for victory and for doing their personal business. The earlier attempt at putting up a post and rope fence failed. Bruno was very quick to find a way through the ropes - one day to be exact. Now is time for Garden Fence Mark 2 - Bruno proof. Work started today.



    Construction from local hardwood, similar to Macka, treated with Chaindrite anti-termite and wood preservative, this fence should, when completed, put an end to Bruno's daily festivities. In fact, it may even stop a charging bull elephant!
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  2. gotlost

    gotlost Surin Founding Father

    Paddy Power is giving 10 to 1 odds he will be victorious.;;bad simle;;;;bad simle;;;;bad simle;;
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  3. nomad97

    nomad97 Ordinary member Staff Member

    Oh no, he will not penetrate this fence! It will be very strong and Bruno is not a 1-metre high jump specialist. If he does, I will put some razor wire on the top of the fence and that will make him think twice. Ouch! I am quite certain he will not put his 'doghood' on the line to get into the garden!
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  4. Prakhonchai Nick

    Prakhonchai Nick Surin Founding Father

    More trouble than he is worth. Give me a pussy anyday :D
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  5. nomad97

    nomad97 Ordinary member Staff Member

    Me too, but my tilak is allergic to them.
  6. ColinW

    ColinW Cannot re - Member

    Will someone please start a poll

    Free Bruno - let him out in the garden
  7. mario299

    mario299 Surin Founding Father

    With Yorky's input from another thread, is Bruno being a nuisance or a problem?
    Are the methods you are taking with the fence "problem-solving" or "nuisance-abating"?
    Have you checked with the authorities to ensure that your methods meet PETA standards?
    Has a crowd of protestors gathered near your house?
    Would that be okay?
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  8. Merlin

    Merlin Surin Founding Father

    Our driveway gate is tubular steel with vertical Shera boards and around 18' wide. Bruno's brother has an arch enemy called Blackie who lives at the opposite end of the soi. The latter makes it his business to visit our gate several times a day (and night!)

    Their antagonism towards each other was always limited to frantic barking from both, with Tare charging around the garden from one boundary to the other. When he was a pup, it wasn't a big problem, but their confrontations now involve charging at the gate, with several of the Shera boards broken off the framework in recent weeks. I have replaced each of them, but soon, the gate will reflect Trigger's street-sweeper's broom. He'd had the same one for 20 years, but had replaced the brush and the handle on many occasions...

    Fortunately, (so far) only one board has broken at a time, and the gap has been too small for either dog to pass through... One day or night though, there will be carnage. Tare head-butted the gate on one occasion, leaving a large Wile E. Coyote style hole behind him. Blood will be shed.
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  9. nomad97

    nomad97 Ordinary member Staff Member

    Forget Shera board, replace your existing Shera boards with the hardwood paneling I am using. I bought 6" x 1/2" x 3-metre length hardwood, cut down by myself to 3" x 1/2" x 1-metre panels. Even spanning a 1-metre gap, this wood should be strong enough to withstand Tare's full charge at the gate. For extra strength, an additional support beam at the midpoint would remove any possibility of damage. With a light sanding and application of a suitable preservative, these boards will last a long time and look very attractive too. At 162 baht for one 3-metre length, one such board makes 6 fence panels as illustrated (not yet treated).

  10. Merlin

    Merlin Surin Founding Father

    Hmmm... yes Nomad, I had considered using hardwood, but the cost was prohibitive. My gate does have a middle rail (without which the Shera would snap in half in a moment) The current design is 6" wide boards alternating with 3" ones, each spaced 3" apart. The gate is around 5' high. The weight of the wide gate would be a problem for t'other half to manage, despite the rollers. It is bad enough now! So, the solution will be to replace it with a new stainless steel design when funds allow. Meanwhile, a 4'wide stick clamped in between the dog's jaws should prevent him from passing through any gaps he creates!

    (Yes, I am kidding.)
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  11. nomad97

    nomad97 Ordinary member Staff Member

    I doubt that the hardwood panels would be heavier than the Shera board - probably about the same or even lighter. They have 1/2" x 6" hardwood panels available at just over 10 feet for about 175 baht each. One panel would make 2 x 6"x 60"panels or 4 x 3"x 60" panels. So 2 panels at 350 baht would provide 24" (wood) + 18" (air space) = 3' 6" frontage. Assuming your gate is approximately 4 metres (13') you would require 8 panels to complete the job. The cost of hardwood is about 1,400 baht. As a nicer looking and cheaper option to stainless steel, you may wish to reconsider using hardwood. :D:D:D

    P.S. You are most welcome to come around and see my garden fence project. Then you can judge for yourself the suitability of the hardwood panels for your gate.
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  12. Merlin

    Merlin Surin Founding Father

    Shera certainly carries a bit of weight, but judging by the length of hardwood I purchased to restore my desk a few months ago, it would still be lighter (and less prone to twisting and warping.) The gate is 18' wide so add 50% to that cutting list. My missus prefers to get her exercise in a different way than hefting the gate. I agree wholeheartedly that stainless steel would be more expensive and might also require gym membership when the gate is eventually replaced if it is as lightweight as one fitted at a neighbouring property. Still, that's quite a long time off as things stand. I look forward to seeing Stalag Luft Bruno before then :)
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  13. nomad97

    nomad97 Ordinary member Staff Member

    Construction of the 'Bruno Line' continues unabated. Razor wire to be added at a later date, if necessary. Bruno's free access is definitely time-limited.

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    Possible late addition..........................to top off the fence.

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  14. gotlost

    gotlost Surin Founding Father

    Free Bruno.
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  15. nomad97

    nomad97 Ordinary member Staff Member

    'Free' to a good home, more like. :D:D:D
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  16. Ivor the Engine

    Ivor the Engine Nowhere man

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  17. nomad97

    nomad97 Ordinary member Staff Member

    It won't be long now ...............................

  18. Prakhonchai Nick

    Prakhonchai Nick Surin Founding Father

    What have you been doing all day, Nomad. Just come back on after 7 hours, and it looks just the same!:(:D:D
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  19. CO-CO

    CO-CO Surin Founding Father

    In fact, it looks like some has nicked a few panels compared to the earlier picture............;)
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  20. Yorky

    Yorky Surin Founding Father

    It's more than likely Bruno taking away the timbers and not bringing them back.
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