Working Hard

When we first came to view this house the first thing P said was " That fence is rotten. We'd have to replace that."

I wasn't particularly worried about the fence. It is just the boundary between us and our neighbours, but he has been determined to fix it.

He has spent several weeks taking out the old rotten posts, sorting out which of the rails can be reused and then trying to get quotes for a new fence. Only one of the three fence companies came back with a quote, which was eye watering, so he decided to do it himself, using inexpensive agricultural Cundy posts and the fence rails salvaged from the old one. He had to dig out holes for the new posts as the spacing was now shorter.  Very hard work.

Now most of the posts are in and some of the rails attached. He has run out of cement mix and screws but this is his progress so far...




It has taken several weeks so far but not bad for a 72 year old.

Looks like we have been fortunate to have been spared the expense of having a fencer in. It seems we are now unlikely to get back the deposit from our rental property. There are some very shady landlords about.


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    1. Thanks Dave. He has been working really hard, virtually non stop from breakfast to bedtime!

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  2. Wow! impressive work! He must be in good shape!

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  3. If you need some muscle to get your deposit back from the landlord of the flat you stayed in you can hire Northsider and Pudding Debt Collection Services. A bit of brute force and whispered threats usually does the trick. Failing that, take the pillock to the small claims court - if they have one on that tropical island.

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    1. I really don't need the stress right now. I shall write it off as one of life's many unpleasant experiences to be put behind me and move on.

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    2. Show them up JayCee. I don't like that.

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    3. Thanks Dave. I am not sure I feel up to a battle though.

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  4. Well done P. That's a job well done.
    Pity about your deposit. Bet you're fuming.

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    1. He is certainly a hard worker. I got my money's worth when I married him.
      And yes I am fuming about the deposit.

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    2. How much did you have to pay to take Lord Peregrine off the "eligible bachelors" list?

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    3. I have been paying in instalments over the past 40 years.

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  5. Yes I had to have a new fence here when I moved in five years ago - eye watering indeed.

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    1. P has only been working on the fence along one side of our driveway. We have two more, much longer sections that will also need to be replaced at some stage. Just not yet!

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  6. I suspect because you took the house for 12 months, as I recall you told us, the landlord is keeping the deposit because he missed out financially on a part of the rent with you leaving before the 12 months was up and he may be within his rights to do so however unfair it may appear to you, the tenant. It may be in the small print or the law.

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    1. We had actually paid the full 12 months rent in advance so he already has the five months rent for the period from us moving out until the end of the tenancy.. He is now saying that he has incurred additional expenses for which we are awaiting confirmation of the details.

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  7. Nice fence. Mr B tells us we have fences to rebuild when we get back to our UK house - perhaps Mr P would like to become a fencing contractor? Bother about the rental deposit. xxx Mr T

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    1. I am not sure Mr P would be up to doing any more fencing. He has worn himself out.

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  8. Looks good, and Sheep wire too. Our two houses here were both let to old friends. We really wish we'd asked them for deposits, as both were left looking like squats!

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    1. We left our rental bungalow looking better than when we moved in!

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  9. 72 is a spring chicken. You are making me feel very old. Or perhaps I should stop chopping down trees and making fences.

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  10. He's done a very good job! Will he need to use a preservative when it's all finished? My annual chore used to be to slap preservative on the 6 feet x 6 feet larch lap panelled fencing round three side of our garden, in the UK!
    Most of the boundary walls to the houses here are block built and rendered, so they do last quite a while. Nuisance is that they need painting regularly to keep them looking pristine.

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    1. The wood is tanalised so has been pressure treated with preservative. Hopefully it shouldn't need yearly top ups.

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  11. Good job P ! He has done a wonderful job ..... it looks SO good. Methinks P is good to have around ! XXXX

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  12. Good stuff P. Keep going then on with the next project. Satisfaction with the simple things in life. Better than spending £40 a week sitting on your bum in coffee shops looking at your phone.

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    1. Exactly Tasker. He would be climbing the walls without a project. Luckily he has quite a long list of things to do.

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  13. That is awfully frustrating about your deposit. I hope that there is something that can be done. Here, a landlord has 30 days to return your deposit to you, or to notify you in writing why it is not being returned. Some landlords believe that you should never return a full deposit, that there is always something that can be charged. We have have kept a deposit only once. The people were pigs. I charged them $10 an hour for cleaning, and it took me days to set that place right.

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    1. It is frustrating but I have no energy to fight about it . We shall just write it off and move on.

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  14. The fence is looking good so far.

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    1. Thanks ADDY. It is almost finished now.

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