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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Rust Busting

We live with chooks and a couple of dogs so we have found it helpful to be able to have some fenced stages. This protects the garden from them both...
and them from each other.
I am so proud of Craig and his handiwork. He has made it all from recycled materials from the tip shops.
There has been some straitening and some "cutting and shutting" and a bit of welding.
This gate used to be part of a an old wrought iron fence and stairway set. 
Craig has hung it on a simple "male/female" type hinging system from the post.
With the weather so good now I have spent an hour or so giving it a thorough brush down with a wire brush removing all the loose rust and flaky paint.
The next step was to paint it over with a product that converts the rust back to a solid again and inhibits any further degradation. Some of you may already be aware of this product but I thought it was worth mentioning in case some haven't because it is one of your best weapons in using recycled materials. It can be found in the hardware store or where you buy your paint.
The gate is ready after 24hrs for a normal application of paint now.

 We have various catches and spring loaded clip closure arrangements but on this gate he has used a simple slide bolt.
Can you see what he has recycled this time?
It is a Mercedes (1976) wheel wrench!
This is part of another fence that he has made to show you how old odd bits and pieces come together.


  1. Beautiful! I need raidg to come and build some goat proof feces. LOL

  2. Oh! I love it in all it's recycled shabbiness.

    I have been battling with our pets in keeping them out of our new veggie patch. At the moment the chook wire is just not cutting it. Some more permanent structure like yours is just what I need. So guess what I'll be on the hunt for now while out and about.

    Thanks for the idea.

  3. There is something very satisfying about using recycled things. Much nicer than buying crappy cheap new stuff from the shop.

  4. Hey Tanya, doesn't recycled give the whole thing a unique and personal look........

    Love the geeen gate and fence, beats the usual style hands down

    You've got yourself one clever fella there Tanya.

    Hope you've had a great weekend, it's been pretty jolly chilly here today, am thinking about a fire this evening.

    Claire :}

  5. I love that you recycle old bits and bots to make what you need. Using something new seems to be a last resort for me anymore. Painting over the rust thought--this is where we part ways! I love the rust! I have to fight my husband on this point, but sometimes I win.
    Your project is great. As always, I enjoyed reading about it.


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