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Discussion in 'Fencing, Housing, Manure Management' started by CntryBoy777, Jan 18, 2017.

  1. May 17, 2017
    Baymule

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    Fencing is expensive. But just think of all the money you are saving by doing it all yourself. We've been here 2 1/2 years and are now finally finishing the south property line fence. We are about 300' away from being fully enclosed.

    17 acres about a mile from us sold a couple months ago. A bulldozer went down the property lines and cut trails through the woods. Then a fence went up-in 2 days!!! The pipe entry took a little longer.......but TWO DAYS?
     
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  2. May 17, 2017
    CntryBoy777

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    Ya know Bay, if we had that kind of $$ ours would've been done in 2 days too. However, I can assure ya, that we know our land Much better than they do theirs....:)
    ....and I can take ya to places of my fence that has Blood DNA all over it....Mine. I bet they can't do that.
     
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    Baymule

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    I'm with you on that one. Our fence isn't perfect, but we have worked hard on it and we're proud of it. Today, BJ was plumb tuckered out, so I made him quit. Our neighbor, Robert and I finished up. Robert is a blessing to us, he does the heavy stuff that we can't do.
     
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  4. May 17, 2017
    CntryBoy777

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    I wish I had one like that....I can't even hire one to show up. I guess it just forces me to prove to myself that I still can do more than I think I should.
    The Doc said something to me this past wk when I was there about what I was doing, he said that I shouldn't push it....I told him that I'd figured that I'd rather die digging a post hole, than lying flat on my back waiting for a minimum wage worker to change my diaper, bathe me, feed me, and change my sheets....he had to Agree....:)
     
  5. May 17, 2017
    CntryBoy777

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    When I get over that way @Baymule , we'll have a "Ribbon Cutting" to celebrate both of our accomplishments. I know I'll be ready to Shout and dance a jig....maybe BJ can put on a concert for the Bash....:)
     
  6. May 18, 2017
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    Cost of fencing (per foot) is generally about the same, regardless of how long it takes. Not a lot of difference in total outlay, whether it is spent a little at a time as budgets permit, or all at once. I built all mine myself, to save money to spend elsewhere or have if an emergency came up. If I had it to do over again, I would pay someone else to do it.
    Money can be re-acquired. Time, cannot.
     
  7. May 20, 2017
    Baymule

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    We had the materials here, caught the wire on sale, calculated how many we'd need and took the trailer! We did have to go buy some more T-posts as it seems I keep using them on various projects around here......


    Here's your concert....scroll to the second record and click on "Destroyed" in blue letters. :thumbsup

    http://www.sirshambling.com/articles/quinvy_4/index.php
     
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  8. May 22, 2017
    Bruce

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    Money to hire a fencing company with a big crew gets it done in 2 days ;)
    Hopefully they won't find any "get it done FAST shortcuts" were taken a couple of years down the line.
     
  9. May 22, 2017
    greybeard

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    Crew size is not usually the determining factor--equipment they bring to the jobsite is.
    When you can simultaneously unroll 5 strands of wire from the back of the machine ( or field fence from a 500' roll) while driving posts from the front of the same machine, and stretch the wire(s) without taking the roll off the machine while a single guy follows along driving staples or installing ties pneumatically it makes a big difference in time.
    Equipment saves time and $$. More personell costs the operation more $$, which costs the customer more $$. All the labor cost + labor admin cost for that job gets charged back to the customer, but only a fraction of the cost of the equipment gets charged to any one customer--the initial equipment purchase cost is spread out to dozens or hundreds of customers over the life of the machine.
    It is all a cumulative thing. At or near the end of your life, which one will you have more of? Time ..or money?

    "Time is the eternal river. I suggest not trying to swim upstream"
     
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    Mike CHS

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    Personally I intend to still have money at the end of my life and there will be more of it if I don't hire out things I can do myself. Building fence is part of what we planned to do on our little place at this time in our lives. We got an estimate to do our 1st paddock and it came in at $4500 for less than 1900'. We spent $2200 for materials to fence in 3000' and spent 70 hours of our time to do it. I hired the neighbors son for a total of 15 hours at $12 an hour. There is no way I could justify hiring out fencing when I can perfectly well do it myself.

    I wouldn't try to talk anyone out of hiring it done but I have better uses for our $ and our labor was something we chose to give in building our place.
     
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