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Is a Wireless Dog Fence Right For Your Dog?

Is a Wireless Dog Fence Right For Your Dog?

The newest technology in pet containment systems is the wireless fence for dogs. A wireless fence for dogs is one of the most effective and humane pet containment systems on the market today. A wireless fence is the most widely used dog confinement system used. Wireless dog fences are more efficient than traditional fences because of its ease in installation and also cost efficient, saving you hundreds by not having to have a traditional fence installed. Also there are no underground wires that need to be buried in the ground.

Simple to use transmitters and receiver collars make this system a no brainer for a lot of dog owners. The system can be set up using one or several transmitters depending on how large the containment area is needed. The wireless fence for dogs is installed easily by plugging in the transmitter. The transmitter can be placed out of the way and even out of sight. The transmitter then emits a signal to the receiver collar, which the dog is wearing. The signal is strong enough to penetrate doors and walls without interference. When the dog wears the receiver collar the transmitter makes a signal to warn the dog that he is near the border. If the dog continues to go near the parameter, then the collar will give off a mild shock. The shock is kind of like a static shock that you would get from clothing or new carpet. The shock does not continue, but it is rather a short shock in order to train. Some buyers are mislead into thinking that the collar keeps shocking the dog. When in reality, the system is to remind the dog to remain in the boundary, not to harm the dog.

Two of the more common types of wireless fence for dogs are the outdoor wireless which is also known as instant fence, and the indoor wireless fence for dogs. There are also fences that are made especially for small dogs 5 lbs. and under, as well as fences for larger containment areas. The instant fence includes a waterproof receiver and also has six levels of adjustability to adjust the level of correction desired. The instant fence for dogs is also portable, making it a popular choice for travel. For portability, a disk shaped transmitter can be positioned in the area of containment.

Wireless fences for dogs are easily available online and can be compared and reviewed among dog owners. Discounted pricing and shipping specials also make online purchases a convenient choice. The manufacturer’s warranty covers purchases made by authorized sellers if the item is defective.

The decision to select a wireless fence for dogs can give your pet a whole new sense of freedom, but can offer you a beautiful yard free from obstruction.…

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Hiring the Right Home Remodeling Contractor

Hiring the Right Home Remodeling Contractor

Are You Hiring the Right Contractor?

There are lots of things to think about when hiring a contractor for a home project so take a quick second and review these best practices!

There are a few things that can help you determine if a new contractor is the right man/woman for the job. First, in most states anyone who is hired to work on a job estimated at $500 and above (for work and materials) must hold a valid state license. You can verify the license on your state’s Consumer Affairs website.

The problem with hiring unlicensed contractors is the risk it involves. When they aren’t licensed, you are vulnerable to their poor workmanship or unsafe work practices. If the worker is injured, if the property is damaged or if the work is incomplete you could be left holding the bag.

There are around 40 classifications of licenses as well. From general contractors to landscapers – make sure the license fits the project. You don’t want a licensed plumber rewiring your chandelier.

The more detailed your plan, the better idea of what kind of contractor you need for your project. General contractors oversee the project and coordinate specific licensed subcontractors for the job. So if your job needs two or more specialty contractors it might be easier to hire a general contractor.

Dealing with a contractor also means that you will want to receive other bids to make sure you are getting a fair deal. But that doesn’t mean go with the cheapest option every time. There are fixed costs associated with nearly every job, so if someone is charging 75% off, that might mean they will use very poor quality materials or not put the right amount of effort into the craftsmanship.

All contractors should do their very best to make you happy, you are the customer after all. You don’t want a yes man, but you should require that the person is responsible and responsive to your requests. Part of that responsiveness should be negotiated in the initial contract. (Always get a contract!) And define the scope of the work well before they hammer the first nail. More than one project has failed because of simple misunderstandings.

The contractors should provide their own tools or be insured if they damage any of the tools you allow them to use. Also verifying that they have all of the right tools available for the job can save you the headache of watching an electrician stand on your newly installed counter-tops while he replaces your light fixture.

Just because they came to your house and gave you an estimate doesn’t mean you should pick a particular company, a good rule of thumb is to always have at least 3 estimates made before you begin work. And if they want to charge you for the estimate, explain to them that there are plenty other companies out there willing to make an estimate for free.

Don’t ever feel pressured to go with one particular contractor, if you feel awkward then they probably aren’t the right choice. Whoever you choose will have access to your property and you need to have built a trust relationship with them. Following these tips and with a little patience and the right planning you can make sure your project goes off without a hitch!…

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Various Uses and Styles of Solar Lights

Various Uses and Styles of Solar Lights

Like the traditional lights, solar lights can also be used for various purposes. However the convenience with the solar lights is that they can be used in multiple locations where it is not possible installing the traditional lights. For instance, solar light fixtures can be used as solar fence caps without the traditional wires and installations.

Wires for Lights

It does not mean that solar lights or solar outdoors will not require any wire. In fact when someone wishes to install them in a shaded area, or use them as spotlights, some wire has to run from the solar panel to the lights. Of course in such cases the installation could be a bit more expensive than usual. However, the end results could justify the additional expenses incurred.

Lights Styles

Multiple styles of solar lights are available in the market. Finding the exact style for the solar fixture one wishes to install in the garden, patio, or anywhere indoor or outdoor. Some of the most popular styles are =

•Solar spotlights are used to intensify some particular object that can change the landscape or the appearance of the location in a great way.

•Low fixture are usually installed closer to the grounds. Once again these lights make great objects for borders, landscaping, and the driveways.

•Taller fixtures spread the lights over the larger areas like gardens, patios, and walkways.

•Solar decorations are one of the most effective ways of decorating a home or a complex in the best way.

•Hanging are often fixed on the entrance or the doorways.

•Patio are solar outdoor lights those are permanently fixed on decks and patios.

•Tier lights are solar those are directed downwards on the ground so that the resultant glare is minimized. These lights are ideal for the steps and walkways or driveways.

•Motion sensor solar lights illuminate for a little time as soon as the device detects some motion.

Importance of Positioning

An important aspect of the light fixtures is their positioning. Various methods are adopted by the users for positioning the lights such as putting them in circles, squares, or straight lines. Perfect positioning can improve the appearance of the location where the solar are used intensively.…

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My Dog Won’t Stay Inside the Fence – What Can I Do?

My Dog Won’t Stay Inside the Fence – What Can I Do?

Do you have one of those dogs that just won’t stay inside your fence no matter what you do? It seems that no matter how many dogs I have, I always manage to have one who is an escape artist.

I bet I know what your yard looks like. You have all kinds of areas here and there along your fence line where you have piled up various items to block your dog from going under. Every time he digs a new hole you place a new cement block, piece of wood, bucket, or any other handy item there in order to stop him from getting out.

But it never seems to work, does it? I know the feeling, believe me. I have 5 dogs and one of them is very good at getting through the fence. I finally solved the problem by installing an underground wire fence with an electronic collar. We don’t use it exclusively, we do have a physical fence too, but it works great.

The shock is very light, and in fact I have been shocked myself plenty of times. And once your dog experiences this “shock,” which is more like static electricity, they stay away from the fence. It really solves the problem once and for all, and I highly recommend an underground fence. You can look online and get one for just a few hundred dollars, and it will be plenty to do a very large yard, even an acre or two. We have 5 acres and have set up half of it for the dogs with no more escapee issues.…

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Set Pet Boundaries Easily With Electric Dog Fence

Set Pet Boundaries Easily With Electric Dog Fence

Many pet owners often have difficulties to make their pets understand their ranch or compound boundaries. Erecting physical fences can spoil the look of your home and it is very annoying for your pet too. You would also not want your Rover to dig your beautiful front yard. The best way to prevent all this is to keep your dogs within a fence. Today you can make use of an electric dog fence.

In wireless fences, a signal transmitting wire is buried along the area you would like the fence to be placed. You would then have to put on a dog collar with a receiver on your favorite dog. The wire will transmit signals to the collar and when your pet tries to cross the fence, it will be immediately notified and a mild electric shock is given to your dog through the collar. This shock is short enough to cause no harm and long enough to get the attention of your dog. With minimal training, your dog will learn to stay inside the fence and avoid mild shocks.

The greatest advantage with the electric dog fence is that you would be giving the maximum freedom to your dog whist at the same time maintaining discipline. As he is an important member of your family, you don’t want to hurt him using chained links. The fencing system is so well designed that your pet will be safe and secure.

An electric dog fence is affordable by anyone. In fact, it is much cheaper than traditional wooden or linked fence. You can also change the containment area as and when you choose by making a few changes with the wire and collar.…

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Horse Care Lamitis Alert: Is It a Death Sentence? How to Prevent It

Horse Care Lamitis Alert: Is It a Death Sentence? How to Prevent It

Laminitis Alert

Horse management for those who get slightly over their optimum weight can be a real problem for some owners and carers. We often see slightly overweight and fat horses. There are a number of reasons for this – but an in-depth discussion on all the reasons is for another day.

I have already had three or four emails from equine studies students who are thinking ahead about Spring grass and asking what to do about their grazing. They are aware that with the lovely Spring grass about to burst forth, their horse or pony will soon be getting a little too ’round’. It used to be thought that ponies were more at risk of this but in fact it is now also horses which are regularly seen to be a little too round.

Weighing up the problem

A horse carrying a little more weight than he or she should can so very quickly come down with Laminitis and although this used to be quite a rare disease it is now all too common.

Death sentence

It is a death sentence for many – literally. It happens all too quickly. Look at your horse today. You must decide whether it is at a good weight. If that is the case, can it cope with just a bit more weight without becoming overweight – because that is exactly what is going to happen in the next few weeks.

What is Laminitis?

The inside of the foot is compromised. In laymans language that means it is basically a problem with the internal parts of the hoof which hold the bone in the foot in place. The internal part of the hoof or foot become inflamed. The horse needs to be only a little overweight for these internal parts to become affected and prone to inflammation.

What happens when the internal parts of the hoof are inflamed?

If the inflammation continues, the bone is no longer able to be supported. When this happens because the structure of the internal parts of the foot have literally broken down. The bone itself drops through to the sole of the foot. This physical change can happen remarkably quickly.

How long does it take to affect my horse?

Sometimes if the problem is not spotted immediately. When the symptoms are showing as serious and sudden in onset, it can be within a matter of 24 hours that the bone drops. It seems unbelievably quick but that is what sometimes happens. If therefore, you think there is a problem, it is vital to get the vet out quickly. By quickly, I mean as an emergency call out that very day.

Pain comparisons

The pain caused is unimaginable to most of us. Just try to imagine yourself and the pain you would feel if you closed your finger tips in a heavy car door. Severely enough to crush the bones in your fingers.

Now imagine having to support the whole weight of your body on the tips of those fingers all day long – pressing down on those bruised and crushed fingers would be absolute and unbelievable agony.

This is what the poor Laminitic horse has to do and cope with. Laminitis is horrendously painful. It is so it is unkind to allow your horse to be put in a position where it might succumb. Many people keep their horses in for some of the day in an attempt to stop them eating so much grass. However there are other and far better and more natural ways to help reduce the grass intake.

What should I do?

First and foremost it is helpful – if not vital – to reduce the amount of grass itself that you have in the field or paddock.

Question:

How do I reduce the amount of grass to prevent the intake of too much grass?

Answer:

Mow it! Quite simple really, isn’t it?

Get that lawnmower out! It might seem a bit mad, but the easiest thing to do is to get the lawn mower out and mow it – that’s right – go and mow the field! For some reason people don’t ever think of simply mowing their grazing and yet it is one of the most simple ways to reduce the grass. It might need doing reasonably regularly if your four legged friends are to remain slimline.

You MUST however, use a grass collector on the mower – but with the wheelbarrow nearby you can empty it regularly as you mow. Now some are able to use a small garden tractor mower for this but not everyone is so lucky. You might have to use your ordinary garden mower.

Mowing in company

If you can’t face doing it …

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Should I Build My Privacy Fence Using Wooden Fence Panels?

Should I Build My Privacy Fence Using Wooden Fence Panels?

Potential customers have asked me on many occasions if it would save them money to have their privacy fence built using wooden fence panels rather than building their fence from the ground up. The answer is yes. Fence panels do save on labor cost, but the real question is: Are they a better value? This answer to this question is a little more complicated. There’s several things that need to be taken in to consideration when deciding if you want to use wooden fence panels to save on labor cost. In most cases, panels are made using materials that aren’t quite as sturdy as custom-built fences.

I’ll begin with the pickets. The width of the pickets aren’t what’s important when it comes to structural integrity, but thickness is. You’ll want to measure the thickness of the pickets on the panels then measure the thickness of the pickets that are sold individually. The ones that are sold individually are what would be used to build the fence from the ground up. The pickets that are sold individually are usually quite a bit thicker.

Next, you’ll want to take a close look at the runners. These are the boards that run horizontal and have the pickets attached to them. For starters, you’re probably only going to see two runners on the panel. A good contractor is going to install three runners on a 6 foot tall privacy fence rather than two. This reduces warping and provides more anchor points for the pickets. You also want to measure the width and thickness of these. Then, measure a 2″x4″ which is what’s normally used for runners on a privacy fence that’s built from the ground up. You’re probably going to see that the panel has runners that are quite a bit smaller than a 2″x4″.

While you’re looking at the runners, you also want to see how the pickets are attached to them. You may see that they’re attached using staples. Most staples are nowhere near the same diameter as nails and as a result, rust to pieces much sooner. If you see staples, you want to make sure that they’re galvanized and the thicker the better. In my experience, staples are the number one cause of fences falling apart after only a year or two in regions that get rain regularly. I’ve had to replace a lot of fences that were no more than a couple years old, because they were built using staples rather than galvanized nails.

I know I mentioned that the width of the pickets don’t have much effect on the strength of the fence, but the width does need to be taken in to consideration. Mass produced fence panels are often built using pickets that aren’t as wide as a standard privacy picket. This means there’s a good chance that your local hardware store isn’t going to have any that are the same, exact size. This won’t be a problem until you need to replace some of them due to damage or rotting, but it’s something to keep in mind.

I’m not saying that all wooden fence panels are built using inferior materials, but most of them are, and I’m letting you know what to look for. Even if they are built using lower quality materials, in some situations it makes more sense to use panels. For instance, if you need a privacy fence in a hurry, they can be installed much faster than building one in its entirety. Also, if you’re planning on moving in a couple years, it may be in your best interest to go the cheaper route.…

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Electric Fencing and Its Capabilities

Electric Fencing and Its Capabilities

Electric Fencing is usually made from a steel wire and comes in different thickness levels as well as a range of designs. When installing this around your property it needs to be earthed from all elements and materials that can typically cause the fence to short out, set fire or conduct electricity. Any materials such as vegetation should be kept away from the electric fencing and this should never be attached to any metal or wood posts. All electric fencing should be attached to insulators made from plastic or porcelain.

Fundamentals of Electric fencing

With the fencing connected to a powered energiser a short high voltage electrical pulse can be generated when contact is made with the wire. As one of the terminals are connected to the powered energiser producing an electrical pulse at the rate of 1 per second the other terminal is connected to a rod made from metal which is embedded in the earth’s crust. This is typically known as an earth rod or ground rod. How this works is once the animal or person touches the wire fencing and the earth’s crust which the ground rod is embedded, an electrical pulse will be generated and an electric shock received.

Can the Electric Shock Cause Harm?

Many aspects can influence the amount of electricity and ultimately the type of shock the recipient receives. The voltage levels, the amount of contact made between the person or animal and the fence, the amount of energy carried in the pulse and the route the current takes as it passes through the body are just a few of the factors that can make the difference in an electric shock. Some people hardly notice a shock from an electric fence, others feel the uncomfortable pain and for few the shock results in death.

Different Types of Electric Fencing

There are two different types of this fencing, non-lethal and lethal. Non-lethal is widely used in the UK to prevent trespassers and is common with private land owners and government bodies. Examples of this include anything from housing communities and commercial factories to prisons and military bases. In addition to causing an electric shock this also act as monitored burglar alarm system.

Lethal fencing is designed to send very strong electrical impulses down the fence wire to have a detrimental effect on what comes into contact with it. Usually this lethal type is used for anti-personnel purposes such as closing off access to bordering countries, concentration camps in the early wars and some high security prisons.…

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Benefits of Electric Fencing

Benefits of Electric Fencing

There are several benefits to be had from installing electric fencing around your property. Some places benefit more from the installation than others do because some places are more likely to be vandalized than other places are.

Electric fencing allows you to have a tangible, visible, and realistic, deterrent against unwanted visitors on your property. Unwanted visitors are those that would vandalize the premises, steal something from the premises, or someone that could be injured because they are in the wrong place at the wrong time. This is especially true of places that may have dangerous chemicals or tools in areas that children could possibly stumble onto them and injure themselves.

Electric fencing will cut down on the number of times your property is burglarized. This type of deterrent sends an electric shock to the person that tries to breach it without actually injuring the person permanently. The best part of it all is that once someone realizes how painful those electric shocks can be they are reluctant to try another fence that says it is electric fencing.

Electric fencing can be installed to work in conjunction with the CCTV you already have in place. This means that the fence can alert you to the possibility of the intrusion and the police can be summoned to the property with a remote alarm system. This might give law enforcement the opportunity to catch the criminals in the act and take them off the streets for good.

Electric fencing can retain its power to shock when it is tampered with for up to ten hours after the supply of electricity is disabled. So even if a criminal disables the electric they will get a shock when they try to cut the fence, or climb the fence, or open the gate without the proper code. In case of a power outage or a black out you will have no reason to worry because your fence will still be on guard. During power outages are the most frequent times for vandalism and robberies of some types of establishments.

Your property will be safe from thieves, vandals, and others, and your insurance rates on the structures on the property may be lowered because of the electric fencing. When you have this type of deterrent in place you are less likely to have insurance claims filed saying someone was injured on the property, and you are less likely to file claims claiming loss of property due to theft.

This type of enclosure is more suited to commercial properties than to homes in subdivisions due to the close proximity of homes to each other. Most homeowners do not wish to inadvertently cause pain to small children or pets that cannot read the warnings about the possibility of electric shock.

When you do install this type of enclosure signs warning people that they can and will be shocked if they touch the fence must be clearly placed along the perimeter of the fenced off area. These warnings protects you from liability should someone touch the enclosure.…

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Custom Decks For New Homeowners

Custom Decks For New Homeowners

Building your own deck can be a daunting task. In the hands of a new homeowner, constructing a new deck is a complicated process and the result can be heart-breaking. Apparently, there a lot of things to think about before the construction take place. Deck maintenance and repair is also important to consider after the construction of your new deck.

If you are unsure as to how your deck would look like, ask an outdoor living and home improvement remodeling professional. It would be very helpful not only in saving your time and budget – it will save you a great deal of work. Construction experts know how to put up those installations and they will pay attention to every detail that you would provide. Thinking of being out in the picture? Absolutely not. In a quick sense, you will be the think-tank and your workers are the do-tank. All you need to have is the imagination and they will know what to do. It would be a hand-in-hand relationship to come up with a custom deck that suits your taste.

Of course, funds are needed to come up with a nice home remodeling project. Don’t despair; home improvement solutions certainly need not be expensive. Approaching a renowned deck contractor in your locality can even give you free estimates for a certain project. In Columbia, Mo, homeowners enjoy their outdoor living and home improvement remodeling through cost-efficient means. Custom decks are exquisitely made and they truly benefit from it. Custom porches and decks are ideal home additions since they can be alternative function areas for different activities. Home construction such as porch installations and wood privacy fences to aluminum railing, vinyl coated chain link fencing to custom built and installed wrought iron gates, and residential vinyl fences are just some of the expertise of home remodeling contractors in Columbia, MO.

The deck you want can be installed in a suitable place where you and your family will definitely enjoy. Surely, there are professionals that can finish the project in time. Along with your ideas, you and your construction team can come up with designs that are so efficient and attractive that they absolutely would look wonderful home additions.…