I feel bad for this being my only post of this week, but I've been busy. I've been busy putting up a chain link fence so that my dog can roam free in the back yard without me taking him out on a leash. So, the fact that I've been busy doing this little project is fitting for this week's tip.
I originally had a family friend in the fence business quote me to do the job. The quote would up to be $900. For no more fence than I was putting up, I just felt like it was too much. After all, he had put up nearly triple that amount for us for less money only 5 years ago. The cost of materials have just gone up that much.
I went down the the local home improvement store and priced the materials and it turned out to be quite a bit less than his quote. For $500, I could get everything I would need to complete the project. Not too shabby. I decided to take the plunge and do the fence myself. Armed with some general direction from the Internet, I was able to complete the fence in a couple of weekends. Not only do I get that warm, fuzzy feeling of accomplishment, but I managed to save $400! To top it all off, I also got a good workout these past two weekends.
So, in summary:
- Saved $400 in labor.
- Built a quality fence. (no half-assing)
- Feel good about what I did.
- Got a good workout.
- Dog can now roam free in the back yard.