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.
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
There is an old pig pen with a fence in various states of disrepair. We decided to take it down, and concert it into a garden. It was a mix of boards, chicken wire, and panels. The total length of the fence was about 35.5m, which is just over 115 feet.
"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us."