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As a wood worker I thought I should build my fence to keep the dog home my self. I started by fencing in where my dog had already jumped the four foot fence. knowing I would eventuality have to fence in a lot more I started to fence shop. It cost me $80.00 for the wood for a 6 foot high by 8 foot section. When I went to lowes they had plastic fence for $40.00 less. Also for $53.00 less they had wood stockade fence. It my not be as nice as mine ,but that just might be in the eye of the beholder.

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Sorry, John. I don't understand the question????? VBG

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I am not sure it was a question. I think I am venting. Sam jumped the other side of the fence so to marrow back to lowes. I think I will just buy (owe that hurts) some stockade fencing. I have a lot to do to fence in the whole back yard.

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Hi John,

Venting or otherwise, thanks for this post. It hit me like a 'spot challenge' to get off my butt and figure out how much it is going to cost me to do some fencing of my own this spring. Since I need to do that anyway, it is fitting I share what my research comes up with the rest of the gang here.

The wood type selected, of course has a huge amount to with the bottom line costs. I like to use cedar pickets on treated fir framing. I stopped getting my pickets at Lowes, but still get most of my dimensional lumber there, including basic 2x4 studs and treated lumber.

My fencing experience has been limited to occasionally replacing a picket or post as required. I am interested in throwing up some from scratch, so after reading your post I figured no time like the present. I can't say I really like the idea of 10 bucks a linear foot of fence line, so I feel challenged to try and shave on that some! I want to put up about 200 feet of fencing this spring.

The posts would set me back 8 bucks a pop, so that's 16 so far. Treated 2x4's run me 4.57 and the 2x6 treated is 6.97. Toss in 14 bucks for the 2x6 version and we have 30' for the first segment's frame and 22.00 for each one after that. For a fence I have to look at, 5 bucks more a section that will have less sag is a good trade off.

Moving onto pickets, Lowe's 6" Cedar 'basic boards' are 1.97. I get the same board from a local liquidator for 1.45, but we can model up with Lowe's numbers. 17 boards 5.5 in wide totals up to 94.5 inches without any spacing in between them to accommodate wood movement. 34.00 for pickets and 30 for the frame brings us to 64 for the first unit, but doesn't cover the quick-Crete for a sturdy post base. The next 8 foot section would cost 56.00 bucks.

My discounted pickets will save me about 8 bucks an 8 foot section, and the liquidator has framing stock pass through, but availability is spotty and there discounts on that stuff isn't as significant. I found them by searching for Cedar on Craig's List... They also have a bottom grade 5.5 x 72 for .90 that I will probably try some of to see how the mix goes. I expect 20 to 30 percent of them won't be suited for use on a fence but since I like making boxes out of the stuff, I will be happy with 4 or 5 usable 10-12 inch pieced out of a 6' board when it only costs me .90 cents.

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Great work Bill. I have one advantage on this project my yard all ready has a four foot chain link fence. I was reluctant to respond to this post because Sam jumped the fence in front of me last night and did not come home. But we got a call a while ago that a police office had picked up Sam and turned him over to the animal hospital. I have picked him up and fed him. So tomorrow it is back to -putting up fences.

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Great work Bill. I have one advantage on this project my yard all ready has a four foot chain link fence. I was reluctant to respond to this post because Sam jumped the fence in front of me last night and did not come home. But we got a call a whale ago that a police office had picked up Sam and turned him over to the animal hospital. I have picked him up and feed him. So tomorrow it is back to -putting up fences.
John, certainly glad to hear you got Sam back.

Sound like a higher fence is a priority......

Have you had Sam microchipped?

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For short term until the fence is done, have you considered a dog run/kennel with a ceiling?

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It's good to hear that you found him and have him home. Having an existing fence is a heck of a head start. If you can find the right brackets, the existing posts should work out just fine. I went by the liquidators today to check out how bad the .90 cent pickets are and ended up bringing 50 of them home with me. Price considered the smaller holes and cracks explain why they were on the 'bargain basement' pallet. Air drying some really green lumber is going to be an interesting experience.......a good bit of tomorrow will be spent slicing down scrap 2x4's into stickers.

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Bill you have the advantage on me when it comes to price of lumber. For a 6 foot 5 and half inch board cost 5.40. You can see how that adds up fast. We live on an island if you ever check out long island on a map. I used the standard pipe clamp to hold the fence to the chain link fence. The chain link fence was put in years ago so it is all American heavy steel with aluminum pipes. Should hold up for another 40 years. I don't expect to be here then.

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John, certainly glad to hear you got Sam back.

Sound like a higher fence is a priority......

Have you had Sam microchipped?
Sam was chipped at birth. The chip was never changed to me because we never could find the number. The vet gave it to me to day. They got the info that returned to where we bought Sam. It was a holiday today so no one could get to the files to get our contact info. So the vet used his shot tag info and contacted Sam's vet who gave him our phone number.

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