So, it's not like I've never built anything in my life. I took shop class in Jr. High. I built my raised beds. I've built stuff, ok?
I was clearly unprepared for this build.
Oh, how I want to say that I threw this together like a boss. But alas, that was not to be.
- I marked every 6 inches on the furring strips.
- I sorted the 45 strips into 3 sets of 15.
- I drilled a 3/4 inch hole at every mark. Every 6 inches. On 15 strips - 180 holes. Just in case you were not aware, math means that a 3/4 inch pipe will not fit into a 3/4 inch hole.
- I tested the PVC to make sure it would go through the holes. It didn't.
- I went back to Home Depot and got a 7/8th inch drill bit and opened up all of the holes.
- I tested to make sure that the PVC would go through. It did. Tightly.
- I thought, "Perfect!".
- I strapped together two of the strips and used the first strip as a jig for the second strip.
- I added a third strip, zip tied all of these together and numbered each set. Then, I drilled 7/8th inch holes in every other hole. This would be my top bar.
- I started spray painting the PVC, because my wrists were sore from the drill.
- My lovely husband (thank you!) cut all of the 10' PVC into 5 1/2 and 4 1/2 foot poles.
- I then sanded all of the strips with the help of a friend (Chris, thank you!!!).
- A friend (Troy, thank you!!!) heated the finials and added them to the tops of the 5 1/2 foot poles.
- We started to put the PVC into the holes. It was too tight. WAY too tight.
- A friend (Lydia, thank you!!!) and I dremeled out EVERY SINGLE HOLE. Just in case you're counting, 30 strips with 16 holes each and 15 strips with 8 holes each = 600 holes. Could I have been any less efficient? Don't think so.
- Then another friend (Derek, thank you!!!) and I drilled out screw holes on the sides of the strips so that the whole thing would stay together.
- I got the wrong screws (hex head) despite spending 20 minutes in the screw aisle and had to send Derek (see above) to the store to get new screws.
- Two other friends (Erin and Justin - oddly enough my newest and my oldest friends - Thank you!!!) and one husband (thank you!) started putting them together. Finally.
- I used all of the spray paint in Home Depot to repaint the poles (because they were completely scraped off due to dragging them through the holes) and the strips.
|They were such pretty holes, at first. 2 strips zip tied|
I now have 15 - 8 foot sections of fencing that are going up tomorrow.
This is the pre-painted photo. You'll have to wait (AGAIN) for the fully painted photos.
This easily could have been a 12 step, rather than an 18 step process. Like a boss.