So, I did my due diligence. I staked out a string line and spray painted the angles, ends and gates. I marked all the gates with the direction of the opening. I wrote all of it out on a Google Earth photo of the property… I walked it and went over it all with the fence foreman and I scoped out the daily progress.
After each work day was done, I would take note of the remaining posts and boards, to make sure we still had enough. I did have to go out and get 20 more bags of Sakcrete… But, even though progress was slow, at least it was happening.
But, on the final day of work last weekend, when I did my after work check, I realized… they had fenced over 4 of the 6 gate openings. Poof! Gate openings were now fence.
What?! I ran over to each opening to make sure what I was seeing.
HOW TO FIX IT?
So, with my slackjaw catching flies, I circled disbelieving. Were the gate spaces really fenced over – permanently? Yes, they were.
And, not only that, I noted that the gate holes weren’t as big as the gates. (I don’t know why I didn’t notice this earlier… I never measured the gate holes except for the big ones – the 12 footers… now I need to measure those again!)
So, now I had 4 – 10′ gates with 8′ (fenced over) holes.
OK… well… we could just saw off all the boards (gulp – total waste of lovely, new fenceboards) and put up gates in those spots. So, I returned all of the 10′ gates for 8′ gates. Problem solved…
Except, when Hubby checked out the situation, he said that the posts are on 8′ centers instead of 8 feet apart. So, that means that the space is only 7′. So, all of my new gates won’t fit either.
So. Hmmmm. I guess I will call the Gate place again and ask if they have 7′ gates… And make another trip… except I better measure the holes and see how large the gaps will be on both sides. Ugh. Or we sink half posts to make up the difference… or we notch out the existing posts.
I knew this two days ago, but didn’t say anything because I was pondering this dilemma.
Also, I’ve been packing the entire house. I’m not done packing but I have to go back to Paso Robles tomorrow to deal with the fence so it can be done – so we can move the horses. I don’t have the luxury of time to figure out an elegant fence fixing solution.
I guess you get what you pay for, eh? I went with the less expensive guy (for good reason) and now I have this issue.
But, I’m still relatively healthy and in the scheme of things, life is really good. So, please know that I’m not complaining.
I just wish he had not fenced over 4 of the gate holes. Kinda tough to get horses into a paddock if there is no gate. Just sayin’…