As you can see our garden area to the side of the house was in need of some serious love. The gate shown here belonged to the previous home owners, and it kept our back yard feeling small. We wanted rid of it. We didn’t have a large dog that we needed to keep in the backyard or a small one either for that matter. We only desired more and open space. Removing it and any excess stuff from the side of the house was supposed to be an easy task but alas it wasn’t.
First things first, we had to remove the gate. This was going to take a little work. We needed to remove the screws that were attaching it to the wall in order to dig it out of the ground and lift it for safe removal. The easiest part was removing screws wherever we saw them. You can see Beeble doing that with the drill here, but when we started to dig we hit a massive surprise.
The hole was pretty deep when I hit the familiar sound of concrete. I wasn’t sure we’d be able to reach the bottom of it, and it turns out that on one side we were not up to the task. It was deep and slender on the side I’m showing you here, but we were determined. The other side had a large area of land around it and we were able to pull it up concrete and all so we were not to be deterred fully. The truth is though that you just have to keep digging until you are absolutely sure you can’t dig it out. We ended up going with the last resort.
POWERTOOLS! In this case, we realized that if you can’t beat it then you can destroy it with all the power tools you own. Of course I hadn’t included a photo here of the axe, spade, shovel, and hand shovel we had already tried, but there was no way this gate was going to defeat us! I know you’ve had home improve projects that turned out just like that, yeah?
As you can see, we had dug up most of the ground around the area but the concrete was pretty deep. Our options at this point were keep digging and hope that we would be able to get it out of the small space or destroy it. We opted for destruction. Hey, I gotta say that sometimes destruction can feel oh so good.
Now, this option meant that we had to cut low enough that we could bury the remains, and we did just that. You can’t leave any of it above the surface, because then people will know what you’ve done. We were able to remove the pieces from the area and open up the backyard!
As I think you can tell from looking here, the removal of the gate was finally successful. Not only that, it really opened up the backyard. Beeble and I were so proud of our work. Next week, I will show you about how we cleaned up the plant life and started to plant this years garden.