Friday, October 10, 2014

Backyard Fence and Alley

Rebuilding this gate was one of the top priority projects during Verlon's "Home Maintenance" visit. The gate's original framework was rotted and replaced with the 2 x 4's. The upper and lower ones were pressure treated and the "Z" treated with Linseed Oil. The Red Cedar Staves have held up well and re-nailed to the new framework. The bottom also got cut off a couple inches to facilitate the gate swinging back to the position shown. It was also necessary to replace the support framework on the 8' section of fence attached to the gate post to provide a more solid anchoring for the gate's hinges. It is this kind of maintenance that extends the life of a stockade fence that is approaching 30 years of service. It was an ideal fall day for this type of work.
This is the way the gate and adjacent section of fence look  from the alley. The Hollyhocks at the base of the fence are volunteer but have produced some beautiful blooms. We make limited use of the alley but several of our neighbors have their garages located in back of their houses and park in them from the alley. The garbage haulers and utility lines also make use of them. One of the new Lincoln subdivision has a section developed with alleys. The houses in that area are of the architectural style popular in the 1920's & 30's. It is a very attractive area with beautiful front porches. It promotes a more friendly neighborhood. 

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