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November 2002 • World Fence News | The Do-It-Yourselfer's Fence Guide
Did you ever get the feeling that the fence company's prices are too high and that you could do it yourself a little cheaper? Well, here is what World Fence News figures the average wood fence costs a do-it-yourselfer:


Boards and posts.............................................................................. $990.45
Concrete mix to set posts ................................................................. $95.00
Wheelbarrow to mix concrete .......................................................... $99.95
New post hole digger ....................................................................... $49.95
New hammer ................................................................................... $14.00
New electric saw ............................................................................. $89.98
100-foot extension cord for saw ....................................................... $45.00
Tape measure, level, miscellaneous tools ........................................... $70.00
8 gallons of wood stain ..................................................................... $98.00
50 lbs. of nails .................................................................................. $65.00
Three cases of beer for free helpers .................................................. $35.00
Steaks to feed free help (first day) .................................................... $55.00
Hamburgers to feed free help and families (second day) .................... $40.00
Doctor's bill for splinter in hand of free helper .................................... $100.00
Doctor's bill for smashed toe (sidewalk supervisor) ........................... $100.00
Doctor's bill for eight stitches in husband's arm .................................. $170.00
Tetanus shot for rusty nail in kid's foot ............................................... $90.00
New sod for holes dug in neighbor's yard by mistake ........................ $90.00
Replacement of bushes growing on fence line .................................... $120.00
More nails to replace bent ones ........................................................ $20.00
More beer for free help (which also explains the bent nails) ............... $40.00
Gas for trips to get more nails, beer, cement, etc. .............................. $30.00
Three days lost from work due to back problem ............................... $380.00
Divorce settlement (wife was one of the helpers) ............................... $90,000.00
   
Cost of do-it-yourself fence: ......................................................... $92,887.33
   
Fence company's estimate for same fence: ................................. $1,980.00