Fences, Permits, and Moonshine
While waiting on the bungalow’s sheet-rock dust to settle, we’ve decided to tackle a fence. Three sides of our backyard are already fenced, so we only need to add one more 12-foot section to enclose it completely. We don’t want any cocker spaniels running loose in the neighborhood!
Menards had the fence style we were looking for: 4-feet tall with little or no spacing between pickets. A pre-made gate could be special ordered, but since we had some extra materials, we attempted to build a gate ourselves. Honestly, I think we were both surprised that it turned out as well as it did. DIY savings: roughly $60.00 and another trip to the home improvement store.
In Illinois, J.U.L.I.E. is required to visit the property before the owner does any digging to make sure the new fence is far removed from any electric, gas, water, sewer, or telecommunications lines. As promised, someone showed up today—and ultimately determined that all lines are at least 3 feet away from our impending fence.
We still can’t put up the fence though.
Our new neighborhood is, shall we say, rather “permit-heavy.” We’ve already paid for dog permits, car permits, and construction permits. We now need to pay for a fence permit and wait for the village to okay our request. Hopefully, we’ll hear from that office by the end of this week so we can install the fence this weekend.
We’re scheduled to move from our rental property on Saturday (another couple is moving in on Monday). Sadly, the bungalow still isn’t finished, so we and the pups will be checking into a hotel Saturday night and will likely remain there until Wednesday or Thursday.
While giving the bungalow’s garage a good cleaning, we found some old items: a coffee can from the 1930s, a metal canteen, a “moonshine” jug (that’s what Kent’s calling it), and a(nother) Playboy from 1967 (this is the sixth we’ve found). Do with that information what you will. 🙂
And with that, we’ll leave you with some new pics and a few “fence quotes”:
- Don’t ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up. — Robert Frost
- Love your neighbor as yourself; but don’t take down the fence. — Carl Sandburg
- A woman’s dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view. — Sophia Loren