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Questions to Ask When Deciding on a Fence Contractor

Questions to Ask When Deciding on a Fence Contractor

o Ask how long they have been in the fence business. Are they well established in your area?

o Are they bonded and insured? Do they have general liability and workers compensation insurance policies? Have them add you to their policy during your fence installation to be safe.

o Due they have a business license? Check their license out at the Contractors State license Board.

o Are they members of the Better Business Bureau? Do they have a good rating at the BBB?

o Do they hire and employ their own employees or use sub-contractors or day workers?

o Are they familiar with local building codes, pool codes and the fence permitting process? Can they point you in the right direction to find out this information?

o Ask for a written/signed fence estimate and compare their prices with others. They must have their license number on their contract.

o Ask for at least two other customer references and drive by to examine their fence work. It always nice to see what is going to be in your yard.

o Ask what their lead-time is for scheduling and can they give you a completion date?

o What is their payment schedule? How much do they require you to pay up front? In the state of California it should not be more then 10% down or a $1000.00 deposit to secure the fence job. You can check your specific state laws, but as a good rule of thumb it should never exceed 50% down. How much is due at the start of the job? Depending on the size of the job you may have progress payment(s), or just have you pay the balance upon completion.

o Do they offer any sort of warranty on fence materials and installation?

When you contact a fence contractor they will ask for the following information, so be sure to have it ready:

o Have you discussed with your neighbor the idea of a new fence and are they on board with it? They might even help pay for the new fence.

o What style of fence interests you and at what height?

o Do you have an idea of how many linear feet of fence you need to install?

o Is the fence line easy to access? Will you have an old fence and/or brush to remove and haul away? Can a work truck get close to the fence line if necessary?

o Is the terrain uphill or on flat ground? Is the dirt soft or rocky?

o You the customer may want to confirm with USA (Under Ground Service Alert) where your underground gas, water, power and sprinkler lines are located – Fence contractors will not be responsible for damage to unmarked underground utilities.

o You, the customer, are responsible to get Building permits (if necessary).

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Using The Electric Fence To Cage Your Dog

Using The Electric Fence To Cage Your Dog

Dogs are commonly referred to as man’s best friend; they are you’re only truly loyal companion and ask for little or nothing in return, except for food, shelter and love. Dogs should be treated as a member of the family, with the love and respect one would have for a child. You would never lock your child in one room with an electrified door handle so they are restricted to this one area, so how is it respectable to keep your dog locked down by an electric dog fence?

Many people argue that dogs cannot be trained without firm discipline. A good strong telling off and a slap are exactly the things your pet needs to behave correctly, right? In reality no animal or indeed any creature responds well to bullying. The fear of doing something wrong and the resulting conflict is a strong deterrent, but it can almost be guaranteed that you will never get the best out of your pet by doing so. It is much kinder to the animal in question to set gentle boundaries when young. By training them correctly from puppies, the same principles can be applied to bringing up a child with the correct morals. From this, it would not be necessary to at a later date, to cage them into an area for which there is an electrified fence restricting them and potentially hurting them.

Electrified fences are inhumane. It is illegal in many countries to use electrifying fences except in the guarding of houses or valuable goods. It is unbelievably cruel to put your dog, which you chose with such love and tenderness to begin with, at risk of seriously hurting themselves through curiosity. It completely defies good ownership and commitment to ‘man’s best friend’.

One of the methods that is commonly used to cage dogs is an electrified net. This creates an electric barrier which gives the dog a shock, to ensure that they do not go near the net again and cross their boundaries. No regard is given to the dog in the amount of electricity which is pumped through their bodies, all that is defined is that it will give them a ‘mildly’ painful shock to make them react to the boundary. It is the same principle as getting pricked by a needle; a thousand times over in one area of the body. It cannot be denied that the dogs in question will certainly feel pain.

Another method is by stringing wire across conductors to create a barrier which when touched will again, ‘mildly’ shock the dogs. The cruelty in this situation predominantly depends on whether the dog in question can actually see the barrier before it’s too late. Try to picture yourself trapped in your bedroom, stopping a scant metre or two from the door and getting electrocuted, by something you cannot see or sense. Imagine your disconcertion and fear. Now imagine that from the point of view of a dog, who does not have the capability for rational and logical thinking, and I think nobody can deny the cruelty of the situation.

A lot of people do not see their pets as members of their family, but as animals to occasionally spend time with. When we start to treat our dogs with the respect they deserve, we will get so much more from them just by not using electric dog fences.

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How to Prolong the Life of Your Fence

How to Prolong the Life of Your Fence

Have you noticed lately that your fence has lost the warm, rich glow of its wood and has started to deteriorate, becoming shabby and gray? You can have the most fancy fence, with iron inserts and custom gates, but if the wood is dilapidated, the fence will look low quality and cheap.

Oftentimes the culprits are sun exposure, water damage, mildew or insect infestation. Wood does decompose over time and is vulnerable to fungus and dry rot from continued exposure to the UV rays of the sun. Dry wood often cracks, warps, fades, sags and becomes deformed. Wood is also vulnerable to termite and carpenter ant infection. Although the extent of damage may often require replacing your entire existing fence with the best fence available, sometimes you may be able to extend the life of your fence by taking some simple measures.

Underneath that ugly gray shell, the warm glow of your fence is waiting to shine. Wood turns gray when exposed to moisture over a long period of time. Mildew is introduced into the fibers of the wood and begins to take over. All you have to do is remove the surface layer of gray wood cells to expose the fresh wood underneath. This can be accomplished with the help of a good quality power washer. Power washers are aggressive and strip the wood, cleaning off years of dirt, grime and mildew. You are left with wood that looks like new. Once the fence is clean from the power wash treatment, use a solution that contains a mildewcide prior to applying the final seal.

If the wood is left untreated without a final seal, then it wont be long before the wood becomes gray with mildew once again. So, it is important to treat the wood with a water-repellent sealer that will reduce the rate at which moisture is absorbed. The sealer should include a protective UV inhibitor so that the fence will resist sun damage and premature drying. Once this process is complete, you will want to reapply the waterproof coating every two years.

While there is no way to completely eliminate all weathering of wood, it can be relatively easy to minimize the effects. The best way to minimize the effects and prolong the life of your best fence is by following a good program of maintenance right from the beginning, once a well-built fence is installed by the best fence company.

This maintenance program should include keeping your fence free from carpenter ants and termites. Frequently inspect the perimeter of your fence and look for signs of these wood destroying insects. If found, be quick about treating the infestation and removing these pests. These insects can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage to your property. They eat their way through posts, slats, supports and piers of fences and decks.

Another simple adjustment that can help to prolong the life of your fence is to position your sprinkler heads so that they do not spray directly onto certain portions of your best fence, maximizing water damage and mildew growth.

Continue to follow a regular maintenance program of cleaning and refinishing your fence every few years with a clear water repellent coat containing UV inhibitors.

Remember, although you can follow these suggestions for prolonging the life of your investment, a fence or deck still has a limited life span of only 5 or 10 years. If the posts are broken, the wood is already sagging and deformed, brackets are coming apart and slats have splintered, then no amount of cleaning and re-sealing will bring it back to its original condition. In fact, if the fence is too old, then even fence repair may not be an option.

If you have reached the end of the life span of your fence, then it is time to call a the best fence company you can find – one that is reputable and trustworthy with years of experience and thousands of happy customers. Make sure you get the best fence for the best deal by the best fence company!

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Child Safety – Best Four Products To Protect Your Kids

Child Safety – Best Four Products To Protect Your Kids

To any parent out there who has kids, you know all the dangers that they are confronted with on a daily basis. And kids will be kids! They are naturally curious and adventuresome. One thing about them that you will learn if you don’t already know this is that they are fearless. So they require some outside supervision and all the help taking care of them to keep them safe. Here are four tools that can help protect your kids.

1. Bike Lights.

These bike lights can be seen from over 200 feet away and have automatic left and right turn signals. They are easy to mount on any seat post. The batteries will give up to 50 hours of usage. This is one of the best safety devices for bikes. And what kid doesn’t have a bike?

2. Portable Fence Barrier.

Not every home has a fenced in yard. With this highly visible water-resistant nylon netting you can create a visual boundary for your own kids and for the neighborhood. It creates an easy to see barrier that can stop balls, pets or kids from going out into the street or into the driveway. If you don’t need it anymore, roll it up for easy storage and portability. It is 3 feet high and 20 feet long and acts as a great way to protect your kids when playing outdoors.

3. The Child Guard.

This is an electronic device inside a cute little cuddly panda bear worn by the child. It sends out a signal to the receiver which is held by an adult. The signal is adjustable from three to 21 feet. If the child goes beyond that distance the receiver held by the adult starts to beep.

Most parents have experienced a child wandering away in a park, in a grocery store, department store or just about anywhere. There is nothing that can strike fear in the hearts of parents faster than the thought of a missing child. The Child Guard Alarm is the best way to put those fears to rest.

4. Pool Protector Pool Alarm.

California has more drowning accidents from children one to four than any other state in the country. Over 900 kids every year die in drowning accidents. Most of those occur in backyard swimming pools. The pool protector is a high-tech monitoring system that sounds an alarm if somebody falls into an unsupervised pool. The alarm sounds inside the house from the remote receiver and at the pool. If anyone should remove the device, the alarm sounds.

These four products can go a long way to protecting your kids.

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The Fence

The Fence

A windstorm blew through some time ago.

Two sections of our back fence came down – screws ripped right out of the wood. The post in the center, though solidly set in cement at the appropriate depth, had rotted clean through. Hence, the culprit gust of wind had successfully twisted and shorn the post in twain.

As a result, two adjacent sections of our fence, up to that time joined (rather solidly, I surmised) by the soon-to-be shorn-in-twain post, lay flat on the ground, leaving a gaping hole in our otherwise secure fence line. A pair of stock cars could have driven side-by-side through the opening; hence, in this present condition the three canines which shared our abode could – and would – wander freely from their standard confines.

A certain lack of appropriate materials being needed to affect permanent repairs meant that the fix this early morning would amount only to what was necessary and sufficient to keep our dogs from roaming the neighborhood that day, I imagine in a pack of sorts. Nails which were clearly not up to the task, screws designed for some purpose which only a master carpenter might know, a short section of twine (string or twine – what the heck’s the difference?), a roll of mesh tape (you know the kind: for doing plaster repairs), and a few short sections of 2×4 boards were neither technically, nor by anyone’s non-technical standards, the materials needed for the task.

I did, however, have a grand tool – a high quality, tempered steel hammer (Craftsman, I believe), with only a slight bit of rust on the handle.

These would all have to suffice to accomplish the job in the short time available. After all, “time is money,” as they say, and as a pretty important guy, my time, I would like to think, is worth a little more money than most others’. Besides: my part of the matrimonial deal is to bring in the money that somehow always manages to get spent. I’m the bread-winner – I’ve never been quite sure what that overly clich?�d term means – and not the baker; certainly not the fix-it guy!

Now, being the rational man, I assumed that a simple “straight-line” wind gust, as all the weather anchors called it, would have resulted in the cross boards for the downed fence sections remaining in something resembling a “straight line.” Oh, the pitfalls of rational thought. I leaned the sections up where they should have simply fallen into place, and was met by a gap on one side about the length of what I imagine a thoroughbred horse would be.

I first nailed one end of the fallen fence sections to the decent wood remaining in a standing post on one end (to be honest, I was amazed at how a quality hammer could eventually drive those mystery screws through the 2×4 cross board and into that bloody post), I used the fullness of all my might, along with the forty extra pounds I carry, to force that other end of the joined fence sections to the other standing post, forming a sort of roman arch laying tipped on its side.

I mean, the Romans knew what they were doing when it came to engineering and architecture…Before I could finish the thought; the screws I had expertly driven into the first post began separating from said post, with one even flying off with the velocity of a bullet. I can’t swear to it (and I won’t in a court of law), but I think I actually heard a ricochet somewhere in the distance.

So now, with the gentle encouragement of my wife, I did what I had intended all along (no, really!), which was to wedge the broken post just over its former position and attempt to nail it in place using what resembled six-inch spikes – I think they were also invented by the Romans, but that’s a different story. Nails are great hardware when you have good wood to work with. They generally suck when it comes to rotten wood.

So that’s where the twine (string?) came into play. Using my best Boy Scout granny knots, I somehow managed to secure the tiny stump of existing post to the piece still connected to the detached section of the fence. With a few odd nails and screws precariously holding the fence in place, I began to make good use of the plasterers mesh tape. Surely it would offer enough strength for the job if wrapped around the planks of adjacent fence sections enough dozens of times. Right?

As the mesh strained and ripped under the tension roughly equivalent to an ancient catapult (again with the Romans!), I quickly used the extra 2x4s to brace the newly added, …

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Top Notch Training Aids For Stubborn Dogs

Top Notch Training Aids For Stubborn Dogs

Stubborn dogs can cause their owners an array of problems at home; from getting into the trash repeatedly to digging so many holes in the backyard that it’s beginning to look like Swiss cheese. These can be issues that cause owners regret and frustration. However, with some excellent training aids, lots of patience and firm consistency a dog can be turned around for the better. The most important aspect of training a stubborn dog is consistency. With a set of expectations and consequences, dogs feel more like handing the reigns over to their master.

Invisible Dog Fence

For the expert runaway, an invisible pet fence will provide a dog with clear and consistent boundaries which he will not want to cross. No matter how sneaky or fast a dog may be, a fence like this is a great investment. They come with a power unit that plugs in to any standard outlet, a wire antenna, and a dog collar. The wire antenna serves as the boundary for the dog and it is powered by the unit by making a complete loop and plugging in again on the other end of the wire. This wire is flexible and can be made into whatever shape needed. For areas as small as a flower bed or as large as 2,800 feet around, an invisible dog fence will meet anyone’s needs. The collar administers shock correction once the dog gets too near the wire boundary, which can be buried underground or laid on top of soil or grass. The system can even be carried to campgrounds or dog parks as long as there is an outlet accessible. Dogs stay put with fences like these!

Dog Crates

A dog crate is a wonderful tool to provide a dog with a place they can be while they are not being supervised. Crate time is great for overnight as well to avoid accidents in the house. If an owner will be out of the house for a few hours, the dog can be crated and when everyone returns, the trash is still intact and there aren’t any potty accidents waiting to be cleaned up. Couch cushions can also be victims of a stubborn dog who is angry about being left alone. A crate can eliminate this bad behavior as well. Once they learn that someone is coming back for them every time, they relax and enjoy the crate.

Dog Tracking Collars

These training collars are especially helpful for those who hunt with their dogs. They can keep track of a wandering dog who is just learning how to hunt and search or who is slow to learn, even after several trips. Dog tracking collars use radio waves in the dog collar to transmit the signal to the handheld receiver that the owner holds. This great tool can keep track of a dog so that consistent training can be delivered every time; this will help with teaching a dog even faster. Try a new GPS dog tracking collar as well and see how much better they can track versus the radio wave systems!

Training can be easy again with these amazing tools meant for stubborn dogs and their frustrated owners. Try them today and you’ll notice a positive change right away!…

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Three Important Questions to Ask When Purchasing Vinyl Privacy Fence

Three Important Questions to Ask When Purchasing Vinyl Privacy Fence

There are many options available when choosing a vinyl privacy fence and it can become somewhat confusing. Here are some basic questions and scenarios one might come across when purchasing vinyl privacy fencing.

1.) Customer says: “I have narrowed it down to two different companies but one has a bigger rail then the other what should I do?”

2.) How important is the 1″ u-channel on both side of each section some companies offer it while others do not? Should I pay extra for it?

3.) When I order a 6 ft tall vinyl privacy fence is that what I am getting?

Question #1:

The size of the rail doesn’t necessarily determine the total strength of the fence. You can have a smaller rail with a stiffener in it and it would be stronger then a larger rail with out a stiffener. Larger rails have become a way of convincing people that they are getting something better. Bigger is always better, RIGHT? Well this is not necessarily true. The most important things to consider are how deep the pocket is and if they are using a metal stiffener.


The u-channel is extremely important when purchasing a vinyl privacy fence. The u-channel will increase the wind load of the fence and quite frankly just looks better. Most of the time the installer will need to cut the last picket and unless the cut is perfect you will have a gap between the picket and the post. U-channel is a small price to pay for what you get in return. I would not purchase vinyl privacy fencing without u-channel.

Question #3

When you buy a 6″ Tall privacy fence you are expecting a six foot tall privacy fence right? True 6′ Tall privacy fencing is 72″ from top of top rail to the bottom of the bottom rail. Some companies shave two inches of the panel to save money and still market a 6′ privacy fence. Let me explain what I call the 2″ IPM. Consider that you are selling thousands and thousand of feet of vinyl privacy fencing that costs.35 cents an inch vertically. You determine that if you can shave 2″ off the panel and change your specification to include a 2″ gap between the bottom rail and the ground then you can be more competitive and INCREASE PROFIT MARGIN (IPM). With this scenario every thousand feet you save $350.00. Most companies do openly distinguish between the two but it is important to be aware of these differences. Ask the company you are purchasing your privacy vinyl fence from if you are getting a true 6 ft tall privacy fence or if it requires a two inch gap at the bottom for the top rail to be 72″ Tall.…

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Bubble Foil Insulation – Important Instructions

Bubble Foil Insulation – Important Instructions

When you utilize the bubble foil insulation then you are effectively blocking the progress of heat as the bubble foil plays the role of a radiant fence in the hot and cold season. The research has shown that this kind of insulation is best for the hot season when the temperature is very high. The concept of heat transfer is that the hot air looks to travel to cold areas, therefore due to increase in heat of an object, the quantity of energy dispersed rises at a very high rate.

Remember one suggestion when buying the bubble foil insulation, always purchase coated bubble foil, with that you will obtain 2 to 3 coats of very reflective sheet which is divided by slim synthetic net covered between the foil panels. This will actually aid in creating air-gap between every cover. One specialty about this insulation is that they are resistant to waste and dirt but in the case of single covered radiant fence the dirt will significantly decrease its performance.

This foil may be utilized on the skewed base of the roofing and also on the garret as well. In case of garret utilize the pierced foil to permit the water departure to the outdoor. In the cold season, it is sensible to look at the base of the foil cover for wetness, in case the dampness gathers then amplify the quantity of perforation.

Remember to not let the ultra violet sun rays to fall on the bubble foil insulation because the brilliant reflectivity for energy will actually dissolve the synthetic material or may initiate a flame. Fasten the foil when you are setting it up, loose bubble foil may create shallows that grasp the complete attention of the ultra violet sunlight and then it can cause a calamity as well.…