Prepper Diary March 6: Installing our Fence Posts Continues

After drilling our holes earlier in the week and picking up gravel and concrete yesterday, we are ready to continue installing our fence posts.

Construction of the garden fence and the posts to hold up the chicken coop continued after picking up gravel and bags of fast-setting concrete.

Our first step was to use the posthole digger to remove any dirt that had fallen back into the hole which was the case in most holes. We then picked the appropriate fence post for each hole and used it to tamp the dirt down. Posts on corners or that will be a gate post got the thicker six-to-seven-inch posts. The remaining posts were four-to-five inches.

We then removed the post and scooped in a few shovel loads of gravel. We wanted to get gravel at least four inches deep. The gravel at the bottom of the hole will allow water to drain from the hole rather than accumulating there and rotting the end of the post. We also used the gravel to level out our holes by adding extra gravel to any of the holes that were so deep they would not allow five feet or more of the pole to stick up above ground.

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Prepper Diary: We Review our Options and Pick a Powerful Fence Post Hole Digger

After evaluating a number of power augers, we decided to go with a powerful option to dig our 25 fence post holes.

After watching several videos about post hole digging using one-man and two-man augers to drill fence post holes, I started to second guess my decision about using the two-man auger to drill 25 fence-post holes. When you use the two-man auger, you have to bend all the way down to the ground as the auger drills in and then lift the auger, its engine, and all the dirt stuck to the auger out of the hole. That looked like it would be tough on my back, which has been giving me intermittent problems for at least 20 years.

So I got up early, drove to the rental place, rented the Vermeer mini skid steer with a posthole digger that you in the photo above, and towed it back home. This is a heavy track-powered device with a 35 horsepower diesel engine that provides far more torque than the two-man systems with have 2.5 to 5 horsepower engines. I expected it would do a much faster job and be easier on my back.

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Prepper Diary February 17: We Make a Start on the Garden Fence

We venture out to fetch supplies for our future garden and load up the pick-up truck with fence posts and welded wire fencing.

We went to “the city” today. With fewer than 10,000 people, I can’t call it the “Big City,” but it is home to the closest Lowe’s Home Improvement and a Tractor Supply. Plus, we got to eat lunch out. Well, we ate take out in our car, but food we didn’t prepare ourselves was still a pleasant change.

The funniest thing is that it was sunny, and the temperature was in the mid-40s in the city with no snow. My wife said it felt like spring. When we drove home, it was partly cloudy and in the warmest part of the day. That’s mountain living.

I had stacked six pieces of firewood in the stove before we left. They had burned down to just a few coals, but it was still generating heat. I loaded the fire box back up and brought another wheelbarrow load of wood into the house.

I’m just glad we aren’t among those poor folks who have no electricity, as we discussed in greater depth yesterday. The latest reports from Texas are terrible. This article from ZeroHedge, includes a Tweet from a Texan showing the thermostat reading 37-degrees inside their house.

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