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One of the first jobs that had to be done was to replace the bit of fence between the house and garage. It was in pretty bad condition. It needed to be done fairly early in the process because I was planning to put a planting bed right next to it. This meant blocking off a potential entry route for building materials, however the bed has to be built before the new patio is laid, and the fence has to be done before the bed. That’s all decided then.

I managed to get the materials from my nearby Wickes store on about the second weekend after they’d reopened following the COVID lockdown. I had a few bits of materials left over from the 2018 fencing effort but I needed more feather boards and one arras rail to be able to do the job.

It turned out that the two supports at the ends were both sound and well fastened to the wall, so I just sanded those and repainted them. As the ends didn’t need any work it then became a very easy job to cut arras rails to fit the existing length and then nail on some new featherboards. As with the 2018 job I used wider (150mm) boards. I think they look nicer than the thin ones.

The whole job was completed over a weekend with plenty of time to spare. Here’s a before and after shot so you can see the difference.