Since the day we purchased our home, the two fences that divided our driveway and rear alley from the backyard drove me nuts. They were both the type of pre-built, cheap fence panels you can purchase at a big-box store (nothing wrong with that) and ours were poorly installed and never painted/protected. The end result were fences that were rotten, warped, and hanging off the hinges.
The old fence that divided the driveway from our backyard.
In typical obsessive, control-issue fashion, I wanted to design and build them myself, and I’ve always LOVED the modern horizontal designs. Finally, I wanted them to complement the pool security fence, so off to the internet I went in search for inspiration. Once we found similar designs that we liked, I went to work measuring and working it up in Adobe Illustrator, right down to the pica.
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Here in the desert Southwest, we sadly hear way too often about babies falling into pools and drowning. The mere thought of losing Max brings an immediate lump to my throat, so it wasn’t much of a decision to get a pool fence installed once he was both mobile and curious.
We had a few Must Haves:
- Inexpensive as we could get.
- Something that doesn’t look like it was purchased from a big-box store.
- Fit the style of the home
- Meet pool security standards (or as many as possible!)
- Did I mention budget?
In a previous (pre-Maxwell) life, a friend of mine let me borrow a home-made post-hole digger he made out of cheap steel pipes and a garden hose adapter. I was amazed at how quickly it powered through the tough, clay-filled Tucson soil. With a new pool fence project looming, I decided to build one myself.
For less than $20 and using materials available at any home-improvement store, this DIY post-hole digger is just too easy to NOT use for those smaller jobs that don’t require a professional, gas-powered auger.
This technique will still require you to use a post-hole shovel to clean out the hole, but it’s MUCH easier than hammering into packed, rock-hard ground!