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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Homesteading. (Note that this BB is part of a three-part choose your own adventure list BB called Big List. You must complete three Badge Bits in the Big List.)

In this Badge Bit, you will take down at least 100 feet of unwanted fence and properly store it.



Some related articles
  - How to Get Rid of A Chain Link Fence
  - How to Remove a Chain Link Fence
  - How to Store Metals
  - How to Remove an Old Wood Fence from Your Yard
  - How to Take Down an Old Wooden Fence
  - How to Properly Store Lumber for Your Next Project


and parts 2 and 3









To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
  - remove unwanted fence
      - at least 100 feet of fence
      - proper storage of materials

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide:
   - a before picture of the unwanted fence
   - an action shot of taking down the fence
   - an after picture of obviously at least 100 feet of fence removed
   - a picture of the unwanted fence being properly stored
   - OR a 2 minute video of you doing all of this
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Does a three strand barbed wire fence count? If so, can the posts remain(we're still using the ones that are not rotten and many of the rotten ones as well)? Do the materials have to be stored for use as fencing, or can they be repurposed? Perhaps a longer section of fence would be in order?
 
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Michael Holtman wrote:Does a three strand barbed wire fence count?



Yes.  

In fact, I think that is exactly the primary function of this BB.


If so, can the posts remain(we're still using the ones that are not rotten and many of the rotten ones as well)?

I think rotting wood posts can remain.   Steel posts need to be pulled out and put away.  


Do the materials have to be stored for use as fencing, or can they be repurposed? Perhaps a longer section of fence would be in order?

For this BB, they need to be stored.  What happens to them after that is up to you.

They could be stored in a shed, or in a bone yard.
 
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Well, the deer got into the apple orchard and couldn't find their way out so they busted the fence to get out.  The untreated posts (with post saver bags on them) were rotted out at ground level after 5 years so two of the three broke.  The mesh deer fencing had some rips and tears in it too so I cut it into chunks at the tears and ended up with a decent number of long pieces.  The fence was 147' long.

I pulled the one good post and the EMT posts out by hand.  The broken off ones I dug down and used a chain and lever to pry them out.  The EMT and fencing is in a dry place and the wood will be burned to make maple syrup with in the spring.
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East side
East side
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South and SW side
South and SW side
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NE corner
NE corner
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Laying out the reclaimed posts
Laying out the reclaimed posts
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EMT in storage
EMT in storage
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Pulling the broken off part out
Pulling the broken off part out
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Yay!
Yay!
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Fencing stored
Fencing stored
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South and Southwest sides are now fence free
South and Southwest sides are now fence free
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Northeast corner is now fence free
Northeast corner is now fence free
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I certify this BB is complete.

 
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Got some unwanted fence removed the other day.
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Start
Start
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Fence pliers
Fence pliers
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Pokey
Pokey
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Finish
Finish
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Boneyard
Boneyard
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I hereby certify that this badge bit is complete!

 
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I removed 350 feet of 4-strand electric wire fencing that was used for cattle by previous owners, but I'm only making hay on the pastures on both sides of this fence so I wanted to remove the fence as it now only serves as a hazard to my hay equipment and a hazard to the elk that also use this pasture.
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Before aerial photo showing length of fence to be removed.
Before aerial photo showing length of fence to be removed.
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Before photo of fence to be removed.
Before photo of fence to be removed.
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Action shot removing metal t-posts.
Action shot removing metal t-posts.
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Action shot removing 6x6 treated wood posts.
Action shot removing 6x6 treated wood posts.
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After shot of removed section of fence after mowing the tall grass.
After shot of removed section of fence after mowing the tall grass.
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Transporting 6x6 wood posts removed.
Transporting 6x6 wood posts removed.
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Transporting all other materials removed.
Transporting all other materials removed.
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Fence wire and mid-span stiffeners properly stored in bone yard.
Fence wire and mid-span stiffeners properly stored in bone yard.
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Wood posts properly stored in bone yard.
Wood posts properly stored in bone yard.
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Metal t-posts properly stored in bone yard.
Metal t-posts properly stored in bone yard.
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Here's my attempt at my first BB. I moved in with my 91 year old grand father to take care of him and his land. He doesn't know how to take pictures with my phone, so unless i need to go get some film developed, my "action photo" with my tools near the gate will have to do.

I have no idea how long this fence is, but it took me around 2 full days just to tear it down and another couple hours on cleanup. It spans the front half of a 10 acre property. 5 strands of barbed wire and one of "electric" wire.
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before
before
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action shot
action shot
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after pt1
after pt1
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after pt2
after pt2
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after whole pasture
after whole pasture
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so much wire
so much wire
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i'm bringing this wire to scrapyard (i.e. neighbors)
i'm bringing this wire to scrapyard (i.e. neighbors)
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30 year old poles stored in shed. Burning them once they dry next week
30 year old poles stored in shed. Burning them once they dry next week
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