Remember how demolishing part of the shed was going to take $600? That included haul away but… Yeesh.

The other issue is that the shed still wouldn’t have had a fourth wall to, you know, close it off. (I’m sure there’s a joke somewhere in there about blogging and fourth walls.)

We got a second friend, Jose, to come over and have a look. He said he’d do the demolition and haul away for $150-200.

Once the shed is gone, though, we’ll have a 10-foot gap between the wood fence out front and the concrete wall in the back. Especially if we don’t have the shed closed off, that’s bad. Did I mention we quite literally live right next to a park?

Jose had brought his dad along to give us a quote on bricking up the shed. (Materials alone would be $400-500, so not really an option right now.)

But the dad did come up with a very affordable solution to our fence problem. Apparently, wooden fence panels are only $30 or so at Home Depot. If we get that and a post, we can cover up the gap affordably.

Then he’ll help us shore up the gate door, which is battered. To be exact, it’s missing a slat (which my in-laws’ dogs could easily wriggle through) and needs a new latch and hinges. Perhaps because of the hinges, it drags on the ground in spots.

Yes, our shed will still be open on one side, but there will be a fence to keep people out and dogs in. That, to me, is what’s important at the moment.

Another benefit: Nadine will have a side entrance to come and go for her walks. That means she won’t be walking through the house 6-8 times a day.

Jose’s dad will come and act as foreman — ie, directing Tim and Jose, who will do the grunt work. He doesn’t seem to expect payment for his time, so I’m thrilled.

Meanwhile, the supplies shouldn’t cost much more than $100. That brings the total to about $300 — aka half of the first quote we got. Proving once again that it pays to shop around!

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