I am somewhat of a newbie to this list, but hello to all.

Yes, it would be advisable to check out the risk of punturing an electrical or 
water cable/pipe.

If the metal posts are not too big, a crowbar is a good item to make it easier 
to get the posts into the ground. Crowbar is the term used in the UK, it is a 
long metal bar, about 4 foot long with a pointed end at one end and a flat end 
at the other.

After making a hole with the bar, pour some water into the hole. It makes it a 
lot easier to hammer in a post; this is also true of wooden posts.

Some dogs are bad at digging and I have seen some of them dig beneath the 
fence; so depending on the type of ground, whether it is concrete paved, tar or 
asphalt, or soil will deternine if you may need to sink the wire into the 
ground several inches.

Hope this helps to start with.

Take care,


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Kevin Doucet 
  To: blindhandyman@yahoogroups.com 
  Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2010 9:25 PM
  Subject: [BlindHandyMan] advice putting up a fence

  Hi group,

  I am looking in to getting a dog. This dog will be for in doors but I 
  want a fenced area for the pet to run and for us to play out in the 
  air. I have an area walled up on two sides, one side the house brick 
  wall and the other side a wood wall of a room addition. I am thinking 
  about having the gate on the wooden wall running along the same plane 
  as the wall, then running the fence at a ninety degree angle to the 
  gate, perpendicular to the brick wall and joining an end fence 
  running perpendicular to the wood wall of the room addition and 
  boxing off the end joining the brick wall to the other ninety degree fence.
  This will give about a 25 by 50 foot area. As this will not be a 
  big dog, not more than about 30 LBS. this should be enough area, 
  don't you agree?

  I looked at some mettle fencing, I think it was called welded wire, 
  which looks like it would do the job nicely. Also looked at some 
  mettle fence posts and some wire clamps to attach the fence to the 
  posts. I also have an idea of what to get for the gate and it's fasteners.

  Now, my concerns are what is involved in putting up the fence? Do I 
  need to have the ground checked by some one to see about water or 
  electrical lines I may puncture with the posts? What tools will I 
  need and what methods do I need to familiarize my self with before 
  starting this project?

  Thanks for any help you can give.


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