Weekend plans

If you asked me last Friday what we had planned for this weekend – our first off since mid-May thanks to a bustling wedding schedule – I would have been adrift in possibility. We might take off for a few days and explore Louisville, KY, or head down to Ste. Genevieve, MO, to hit up some wineries and wander a few antique malls, OR just stay home and relax.

All those possibilities came to a screeching halt when the driver delivering the steel for our fence called on Monday to say he’d be at our place on Tuesday to drop it off.

So let me back up a bit and tell you about our plans for the fence. Awhile back in the midst of a Google fest, Aaron stumbled on a modern fence made of weathering steel (also branded as Cor-Ten). This type of steel actually gets stronger when it rusts and ultimately looks like this or this or this, i.e. INSANELY COOL. The price is higher than a standard wood fence, but we live in a firehouse/forever house… and you already know what we chose.

Decision made, Aaron pondered a variety of ways for us to move each several-hundred-pound panel into place. Ultimately, those ideas were scraped when he was informed that the delivery driver would not have a forklift to move the steel off the truck. Apparently, people don’t just order thousands of pounds of weathered steel. Normally that type of material is delivered to a business that owns a forklift. So we needed a forklift. No big deal. We could rent one; we would just need advanced notice of delivery. And if we got a rough terrain version, then it would totally solve our issue of moving the panels around. We would just need to clear our schedule, and I would  need to take a day off work.

So when we had less than 24 hours notice that our steel would be delivered, we went into a little bit of a panic. Aaron called all the rental companies he could find and the sunset on Monday found us in possession of a bunch of promises to call back, but no forklift.

Finally on Tuesday, we found a slightly more advanced forklift that could be delivered on Wednesday. It’s a telehandler instead of a standard straight mast for anyone out there who loves details. For those of us who are more visual and less versed in forklift lingo, we got this:


It’s currently occupying my spot in the carport when it’s not working really hard along side of us (really Aaron) to install the 8,000 lbs of steel that will become (most of – more on that later) our fence! It may not be what we originally planned to do this weekend, but we get a little more excited as each panel goes in place!

Anyone else tooling around in rented heavy equipment or doing any renovating this weekend?


  1. I can hear them all now… Uurrr ooo (Tim the Toolman Taylor)!!!!!!!!!

    1. Haha. Something like that 🙂

  2. Damn, Gina… you guys don’t mess around. I’m guessing this does not fall into the “we hate yard work” category?

    1. Correct. “Yard work” is generally defined in the Hawes dictionary as “work that involves plants and dirt.” No plants here 🙂

  3. Insanely cool! Can’t wait to see it! Unfortunately, I cannot show my husband this post, as he would immediately start pestering me to rent a forklift….

    1. Hahaha! Studies show that 1 in 2 husbands who read A Fire Pole in the Dining Room suddenly want to rent a forklift.

  4. Hi! I just discovered your blog and I am super happy I did! I think it is just too awesome that you guys are renovating a firehouse! I’m so excited to follow along and see what happens next 🙂

    1. Thanks, Brynne, and welcome!

  5. […] I’ll leave most of the details for the next post, but we needed this fence skeleton before we could order the cut-to-order steel panels, which arrived a little bit earlier than expected. […]

  6. Your fence project came out very nice. I am thinking about doing something similar at my home. I may have missed it somewhere on your blog…what is the thickness of the metal that you used on the fence? Thank you.

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