Last year we had our back fence replaced. It was totally decrepit but it had been made of hardwood palings (granted, over 1/2 century ago) and some of that wood was still “useable”. At least after a bit of work.
Frank spent AGES cutting, planing, sanding, puttying then sanding some more, to turn those long, rotten palings into nice, short palings that could be used to make a picket fence for our front yard.
I spent a bit of time painting the palings.
All that was left was getting rid of the old fence and putting up the new one (right, that’s “all”).
The front fence, from the 1920s, was wobbly, rusty and past its use-by date. It either needed a lot of work or it had to go. I wanted a picket fence, we were the only house on the street without one, and I like them. Frank didn’t disagree (though the workload of actually building one did take some of the shine off the idea). So Frank disassembled that old fence and I advertised it on freecycle.org. It was gone to a good home on the first day.
Hours, days, weeks later and I finally have my white picket fence. Yeah, I know, that old metal one was a beautiful representative of Arts and Crafts style fencing, but I really prefer this wooden fence. It offers a tiny bit more privacy and it’s not about to tip over if someone leans on it. And we made it our selves, 99% from recycled materials.
Beautiful, functional and home-made from things others would toss into a landfill, I consider that a job well done!