Life at the end of the road

April 5, 2013

Another ‘job done’ :-)

Filed under: daily doings, shed/house, stonework — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:10 pm

Nine PM already and I’m just bathed and sat down after a long and fruitful day on the fence. Good job I’m not paying myself by the hour, for it’s just taken me three days to erect 40m of Ryloc fencing Sad smile Mind you, apart from the wire and a few ‘winders’ it’s all been with second hand stuff that I had to dismantle first so I shouldn’t be too hard on myself. Taking down the old fence, removing the netting and barbed wire from years of growth and removing the stobs was no easy task. 

Almost a good tool

The secret of any good wire fence is to get it tight, the trick to fencing it rock is to get it f*****g tight and I’ve yet to find a good tool for actually straining a fence wire.


The old ‘Monkey Strainer’ probably the professionals favourite but my own second hand one died and a new one costs ‘an arm an a leg’. Looking around for a cheaper alternative I came across this effort by Draper,


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and was most impressed with its performance and simplicity. However it didn’t last very long, breaking at the hinge after very little work and purchased from a ‘fly by night on eBay. My next ‘investment’ was the ‘Myti wire strainer’,


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which is almost a good tool but the finish leaves a lot to be desired

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They don’t even use a proper bolt so the threads cut into the steel Sad smile

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Correct type of bolt on right, Myti’s poor effort on the left Sad smile



You can see just how far that post should be in by looking at its base and seeing the marks, there’s literally nothing but the point in the ground but the wires are so tight that it’s extremely solid.




I have to say I’m extremely proud of this 40m of fence Smile



And I couldn’t have picked a nicer spot to work,



well it would be nice if I moved all my carp from around the old ruins of numbers 2 and 4 South Arnish.

Feeding animals apart, that was pretty much all I did until dinner time, a fine summery dish of cold pasta with mayo, tuna, peppers, celery and a wee beer in the evening sun.

A walk with the dog and shotgun to see if I could coax a few amps out of the hydro turbine took me past a fine hind heavy in calf.



And a little further on we acquired four ‘little pigs’


who followed us all the way down to the shore to check the ‘Stream Engine’. I changed the nozzle to the smallest to try and get a couple of watts out of it, but to no avail, hardly surprising really with that miniscule trickle though Sad smile



With the sun going down there was nothing for it but to go and watch it through the new windows Smile



A good blaze on Skye Sad smile



Not the best sunset by a long shot, but the first of many through our new windows Smile






Many thanks once more to George Rankine, this time for finding a red grouse who’s not been fried, or at least made homeless Smile


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  1. fantastic! and still no midgies?

    Comment by v8mbo — April 5, 2013 @ 9:13 pm

    • Hi V8, we’ll no see any midge until the 7th of May, and then only one or two, be the middle of June before they’re an issue though. Last year there were hardly any though, think they’re moving sowf with the jet stream 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 6, 2013 @ 5:03 pm

  2. Looks like youv’e got a proper “twang” on that fence paul, i have a method of tentioning ryloc derived from using a back hoe on a jcb… Must tell you about it in May..

    Comment by The Peoples Republic of Northumbria — April 5, 2013 @ 9:36 pm

    • Hi Steve, I have a method using the winch on the Land Rover but there’s very few places you can actually get it, or a JCB 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 6, 2013 @ 5:05 pm

  3. Vastly different from here but still admire your pics.

    Allan in Far North Queensland OZ

    Comment by AQllan White — April 5, 2013 @ 10:25 pm

    • Hi Allan and welcome, glad you like the pictures.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 6, 2013 @ 5:06 pm

  4. Paul,
    Thanks for sharing that rare first sunset through your new windows. Makes me want to jump on a plane and fly 5,000+ miles to join you! Look forward to seeing you move in.

    Comment by Morgan — April 6, 2013 @ 2:21 am

    • Hi Morgan, long time no see 🙂 how’s life in California 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 6, 2013 @ 5:07 pm

  5. Google “The Fence That Me and Shorty Built “- a Western poem read by Red Steagall. A parallel story to your own on straight fence building! Tell us if you like it?

    Comment by David & Margaret Gartside — April 6, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

  6. Looks like a fence that will sing Paul. Love the views through the new windows.

    Comment by Lloyd — April 6, 2013 @ 4:57 pm

    • Morning Lloyd, did you cop any of that bad weather down Bristol way ???

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 7, 2013 @ 6:23 am

  7. Next time you make a fence, just secure Lachy’s digger to a cable dangling from a helicopter. The Dude would be glad to pilot either machine!

    Comment by drgeo — April 6, 2013 @ 7:23 pm

    • Hey Paul them smiley feckin faces come up on iPad like a full feckin photo. Lay off em a bit; live life in the middle lane

      Comment by Across the Minch — April 7, 2013 @ 7:49 pm

      • Wot’s an iPad 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 7, 2013 @ 8:07 pm

      • Piece of technology that’ll reach Raasay one day if Bill Gates has his way

        Comment by Across the Minch — April 7, 2013 @ 9:30 pm

      • I have tried to cut down on the smiley’s honest

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 7, 2013 @ 10:12 pm

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