When fellow 3News’s Stephanie Haney and Mike Polk Jr. came to call them, Jay Crawford offered to help build a fence for their young Oscar Wilde McCall.
Cleveland – One of the things I love about carpentry is that I can help my family and friends with projects. And that’s the basis for the next JAY DIY I’m sharing with my 3News viewers. Getting into it, I knew it was going to be a big project, but when my friends and colleagues at 3News Stephanie Haney and Mike Polk Jr. called, I couldn’t refuse.
Subscription: Get today’s hottest headlines sent to your inbox every morning of the week with the free 3News to GO! the news
They needed my help building a fence for their newest family member, Stephanie Oscar Wilde’s dog. So, I gathered my tools and headed off to start what totally turned out to be a project.
Despite the challenges, we all learned a lot of great DIY lessons along the way. We split this fence project into two parts to share with you, and start with the basics. And while putting in a new fence can be a very expensive project, with the right tools and planning, it’s something anyone with little (or maybe a lot) of motivation can do.
Stephanie has motivation in spades. Mike? Not much.
“We’ve been looking at labor prices,” Mike said. “It’s outrageous now.” “Then I remembered the clip and thought, Hey, what about freelance work for JAY DIY? Then Stephanie took the job from there.”
This project was really Stephanie’s baby. She did a lot of research and planning beforehand, and she even showed me some sketches that she put together upon my arrival.
“We’re putting a two-gate fence in front of the driveway here, and then also a small fence and gate here. This will be a little shorter to keep the dog in the compound,” she explained.
The complex you’re referring to consists of the possessions of Mike and his sister Irene.
“Because I live next door to my sister, which isn’t weird at all,” Mike joked.
This particular fence will require a little extra work, but most DIY fencing tools will simply involve installing all of your posts into the lawn. This is actually the place we It started on this little section of grass that connects Erin’s property to Mike’s driveway. This is our only section of the fence that will be installed in the ground.
For this part of the project you’ll need a little sweat – and a post-hole digger is pretty much essential.
You’ll want to dig your holes about two feet into the ground. While I was digging away, it wasn’t shocking, Mike was nowhere to be found.
On the other hand, Stephanie jumped right in. As I mentioned, she did a lot of work up front – and all of our supplies were ready. For this part of our fence we use 4 x 4 8 foot fall posts, dig 2 feet into the ground and extend 6 feet above the ground. You will also need a quick-setting concrete mix and something to mix.
After drilling your post holes you should lay out your posts to check and see if they are level – if you are working across elevation or degree changes you may need to trim your posts so they are even.
In our case, a portion of the lawn sloped about two inches down from the high point to the low point, away from the house, so I had to cut two inches off one of our poles.
Once your posts are level and ready to go, it’s time to secure them in place with Quick Crete. Mike brought a bag or two, but while we were working hard shuffling and pouring… he disappeared again. Eventually our cameras found him enjoying a cold drink.
He admitted “Now, do I have any idea what they’re doing there? Honestly, I don’t know.” “I hope they get it done very quickly. I don’t want to push them because I don’t want to carry anything myself. But at the same time, it would be good if they wrap it up by the end of the week. Because I have some plans.”
Well, Mike had to learn some patience because we’re just getting started. Once that cement has dried, it’s time to tackle adding fencing sections to our columns.
And Stephanie had asked Mike to help her put together their fencing panels earlier. If you don’t want to take the time and energy to build your own home, you can also buy these at any major home improvement store – but they will be more expensive pre-made.
With all of these pieces ready to go, we secured them in our posts with wood screws and a drill, and if you’re following them around the house…you’ll want to take the level out again to make sure those fencing boards are level too.
If your entire fence is secured with posts in the lawn – simply repeat these steps for each section. But, once we got started, we knew the rest of our posts needed to be secured in concrete…and that’s a much more difficult deal we’ll save for the second part of this project.
At the end of Part One, Stephanie reflected that despite all the planning she put into this project, we quickly learned we had some big tweaks to make.
“Jay got here and showed me all the things I didn’t consider, which is really nice of him. So now we’re on the right track,” she said. “But I’m confident in Jay Crawford and I’m also pretty confident in Mike’s ability to not get mad if we had to go back to Home Depot 10 more times… Oscar Wilde, Wilde’s man, would eventually be contained from this. I don’t know if that would happen in the day Two. It could be day three or day four. But at the end of it, there’s going to be a fence and there’s going to be some gates. So I’m looking forward to that.”