Do-It-Yourself Fence Installation

by Ryan Yates

Fletcher - Why I Installed the Fence

Does this little guy look like a trouble-maker to you?

Today I’d like to share a way I saved a large amount of money on fencing project this past week.

The Culprit

Fletcher is my Black Lab (pictured on the right). In Dave Ramsey‘s terms, he’d be the free spirit. Fletcher is always getting into trouble and causing problems for me. I love the dog, but sometimes he can be too much to handle.

I live in an older neighborhood with small lots and houses that sit a few yards from each other. Most homes have fences on all sides, but somehow ours is only fenced on two sides. Usually this would be a blessing, and promote neighborly love and friendship.

It has proved to promote the love of Fletcher venturing next door and “do his business”, and my neighbor loving to throw “the business” back over in my yard.

The Survey/Money Problem

A fence needed to be installed to keep the culprit in my yard. This has been anything but an easy solution. It turns out that in our city, a fence cannot be installed by a 3rd party without having a lot survey documented with City Hall.

The survey is usually passed from party to party during the sale of the house. Unfortunately ours wasn’t passed on during our closing. I was informed about it at the time, but assured it didn’t matter.

Lesson learned, I should have insisted on the survey before the sale could be completed.

A new survey could be completed from a local survey company at the cost of $700 to $900. Not a good use of my limited financial resources while in debt. The cost to have a black chain link fence installed along my property line is $1,200.

Add the $1,200 to the survey required and the grand total is $1,900 to $2,100. Damn, that’s a lot of money just to keep the culprit from causing a nuclear war between neighbors.

The Solution: Welded Wire Fence

Welded Wire Fence

My new welded wire fence is installed.

The solution needed to keep the dog in the yard and not break the budget at the same time. I stumbled on a nifty little concept while cruising the aisles of Lowes and Home Depot.

Turns out there is product on the market called welded wire fencing. Welded wire fencing is just a fancy name for chicken wire, which in now been altered to poultry fence.  I guess the Chicken Union lawyers clucked with the Politically Correct lawyers and renamed it. Hehe.

The fencing is cheap and can be installed quickly without any expensive tools. After purchasing two 50 foot rolls and the required amount of posts, the total monetary damage was $156.

The time required to install the fence was just over 2 hours, and required the help of my wife and 3 year old son. My son performed the difficult task of making sure that all the tools were placed just out of my reach, I believe it was his innate sense for safety that prompted such action.

I’m also happy to report that there were no injuries or arguing during the installation process. It was an extremely fun family task to complete.

Newly Installed Welded Wire Fence

Just enough fence to keep the culprit contained.

The Welded Wire Fence After Installation

Fletcher has changed his name to Inmate #007. The fence stands at 4 foot high, and he is unable to scale it. My neighbor is extremely happy. Even though she does not talk with us, I could tell by the smile she had after noticing the new fence.

Now the fence isn’t the prettiest fence around, but it serves it’s purpose. The lesson I’ve learned through the process is that you don’t have to follow the main-stream thinking to solve a problem. A little personal investigation can save you money.

Our savings came out to be at least $1,744.


Jolyn@Budgets are the New Black May 14, 2010 at

Ah, what an ornery little cuss! The dog, too. 😉

I really enjoyed reading this — what a fun article! Great attitude about it all, and great money-saving solution, too.

Forest May 16, 2010 at

Brilliant Jeff…. you missed out on the joke of the century after talking about Poultry Wire and mentioning “The fencing is cheap” another cheap on that sentence and I would have been laughing for days (or maybe nano-seconds but who is counting!).

Anyway great savings there :)…. How comes you didn’t need a new survey done? Does chicken wire not count as fencing?

Jeffrey Kosola May 17, 2010 at

@Jolyn I hoping someone would get a laugh out it.

@Forest the survey was only for a company who was going to install the fence. Every city has different rules and ours requires a survey for any company to perform the work.

Forest May 21, 2010 at

Ahhh I see, not for all work. Awesome :)… Looks like the ONLY choice is DIY for you then 🙂

Jeffrey Kosola May 24, 2010 at

@Forest do they have fences in Egypt or just walls?? Just wondering

Odysseustoday May 16, 2010 at

You are 100% correct. A little neighborly love goes a long long way in spelling a happy household. Sounds like you have made another great investment.

Loved the story of your son, I can’t wait for my own “little helper”.

Jeffrey Kosola May 17, 2010 at

@Odysseus those little helpers are great, I’m sure your’s will be too.

Kyle C. May 17, 2010 at

It is great to have the little ones help with the DIY tasks. Mine is a great garden helper, even if he is a little over eager in the harvesting department. The fence looks good and now your neighbor can stop flinging poo.

Jeffrey Kosola May 17, 2010 at

@Kyle I’m sure you remember back to those years when our parents put us to work. Those were the good old days 🙂 My neighbor was outside all weekend and didn’t say a thing to us. Maybe she was pissed that I hacked the hell out of her trees to install the fence. Haha lady, they were on my property 🙂

James May 20, 2010 at

the way the story started out i would have guessed disaster. the outcome = success.

and the fence looks good. makes the yard still flow so its perfect. well done

Jeffrey Kosola May 24, 2010 at

@James, Thanks I wasn’t sure how the whole thing was going to turn out either. I’m just glad I haven’t had to get “nasty” with the neighbor. A poo war problemly isn’t the best way to handle it. Under normal viewing, the fence isn’t noticable which makes it great.

RainyDaySaver May 21, 2010 at

I’d also like a fence (but not to keep a dog in) — our property is small and our yard runs into all of our neighbors’ yards (left, right, and rear — although a few short bushes separate us from the rear neighbors). We have the survey, but I’m not sure if another one would be necessary. Then there’s the small issue that I can’t get my husband to agree to a fence, haha.

Jeffrey Kosola May 24, 2010 at

RainyDay Without the Man’s consent you probably aren’t going to get far. Good luck with it 🙂 I wouldn’t think you’d need a new survey, I just got screwed because of my city’s rules. Oh well, it turned out good and whoever buys our house next year can either leave the fence or tear it out quickly.

Michael Firstman@ Mig Welder Gas November 6, 2010 at

First of all, Fletcher is one beautiful, mischievous dog. Dogs wouldn’t be dogs without this innate sense of mischief right? Second, I can’t believe chicken wire is now called Poultry Fence! What is this world coming to? Anyway I will suggest this idea to a friend in need whose problem is the other way around with the neighbor’s dog leaving “land mines” in his yard.

Naomi February 1, 2012 at

Thank you for this posting, esp. the photos so I could see your end product. We need an inexpensive fencing solution for our dog and you’ve convinced me that welded wire fencing is the answer for us, too.

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Glenda Lee October 29, 2014 at

I was looking for information on how to install this wire without breaking the ‘welds’ which appear to be not much better than a solder. My daughter and I have been trying to put up a backyard fence for her little dogs. But if we pull the wire tight, the welds break. If we don’t pull the wire the fence is wobbly. We want it neat and functioning. Any suggestions?

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