Dawn Lowndes

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What Is A Garden Arbor?

Posted by Dawn Lowndes

Tue, Aug 27, 2013

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Topics: Residential Fence

How Do You Fix A Rotted Fence?

Posted by Dawn Lowndes

Tue, Aug 13, 2013

How to Fix a Rotted Fence is explained below: By Denise Brown, eHow Contributor

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Topics: Commercial Fence, Residential Fence, Government Fence

What Are The Virginia Livestock Fence Laws?

Posted by Dawn Lowndes

Wed, Jun 19, 2013

Virginia Livestock Laws govern fence requirements for horses, cattle, and other large farm animals. 

Livestock fencing is meant to restrict and restrain the movement of animals across a particular boundary, but can benefit the landowner by protecting his interest with adherence to the laws and can increase property value. Livestock fence also marks boundary lines. More good news: the state, according to the Code of Virginia: Title 33.1; Chapter 1; Article 15: the Department of Transportation may be able the ones responsible for paying for part of your fence, if the fence line runs along a highway (defined as carrying over 50 vehicles per day): “...On gated roads carrying fifty or more vehicles per day, the Department of Transportation shall, upon the request of the local governing body and upon the recordation of a deed of gift or donation by such landowner of not less than forty-foot right-of-way, reimburse abutting landowners a sum equal to one dollar per foot of fencing which must be installed to keep cattle from entering the right-of-way from such abutting land... For purposes of this section, a 'gated' road is a road on which, prior to July 1, 1986, abutting landowners have maintained a gate or cattleguard.” Title 55; Chapter 18; Article 2: defines a lawful fence. A “lawful fence” must be five feet high; a barbed wire fence must be 42 inches high and consist of eight strands running horizontal and fixed tightly to posts placed, at the most, sixteen feet apart and with a brace (not technically a post) standing halfway between posts. If made from boards, they must be four feet high and must be at least five inches wide; board posts must be placed at eight foot intervals. In some instances, bodies of water such as the James River may be considered legal fenceline. For more information on above specifications, visit this LINK [http://asci.uvm.edu/equine/law/fence/va_fnc.htm].

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Topics: Specifications, wooden fence

Do You Want To Beautify Your Wrought Iron Fence?

Posted by Dawn Lowndes

Wed, May 29, 2013


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Topics: Fence, Residential Fence, backyard Fence

How Do I Stain My Wood Fence?

Posted by Dawn Lowndes

Wed, May 29, 2013

Applying stain increases the longevity and attractiveness of your wood fence.

Wood fences generally serve practical purposes to help keep children and pets in and to define property lines. Wood fences last for many years, but only if you care for them properly. Apply a quality stain to new fences to give your fence the best chance to resist the harmful effects of the sun, wind, rain and insects.

Does this Spark an idea?

Things You'll Need

Wood cleaner

Exterior wood stain

Stain applicator


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Topics: backyard Fence, wooden fence

What Are The State Regulations On Pool Fence Enclosures?

Posted by Dawn Lowndes

Wed, May 15, 2013

Not only are pool enclosures and fences an aesthetically-pleasing way to keep critters out of your pool, it also keeps your pool safe from liabilities (such as children or other unwanted visitors). Studies have shown that isolation fencing (pool fences) vs. property barriers (perimeter fencing) to be much more effective in reducing the rate of acidental drowning. Additionally, certain types of fencing are more effective at keeping children out than others. Specifically, easily-climbed fences with ample visibility such as chain link fences are much less effective pool barriers than non-climb fences. AN example of non-climb fecne is ornamental aluminum fences which allow for visibility, yet are unable to be scaled. Not to mention, great fence looks! To ensure safety, states have imposed pool fence laws and regulations regarding very specific pool barriers. 

Virginia has imposed the following Pool Fence Codes.

All outdoor pools, spas, and hot tubs with a depth of over 2 feet (24 inches) require a fence/barrier enclosurement around it. The enclosure must be non-climbable, and a minimum of 48 inches above completed ground level.

Details of Pool fence Regulations:

Non-climbable barriers are required

  • Solid barriers, such as brick walls, must have no protrusions or indentations.
  • Horizontal design elements less than 45 inches apart must be on the inside face; vertical elements must be spaced at 1 ¾ inches or less.
  • Horizontal design elements greater than or equal to 45 inches apart are permitted to be located on either side of the barrier; vertical elements must be spaced at four inches or less.
  • Openings which constitute a pattern capable of being climbable (such as chain-link) must be limited to 1 ¾ inches when measured horizontally.

Opening limitations

  • 2 inches maximum between ground level and bottom of the fence/barrier.
  • 4 inches maximum between the top of an above-ground pool and the bottom of the fence/barrier.
  • Less than 4 inches for all other openings that do not constitute a pattern of being climbable.
  • 1 ¾ inches (measured horizontally) or 1 ¼ inches (diagonally) for openings in chain link or lattice-type barriers or other barriers with diagonal design elements.

Access Gates

  • Must meet non-climbable barrier requirements.
  • Must be self-closing/self-latching and swing away from the pool.
  • Latches must be 54 inches (4 ½ feet) from bottom and at least three inches from the top of the gate on the pool side.
  • There shall be no openings one half inch or greater within 18 inches of the latch.

Door Alarms

  • Must be labeled in accordance with UL 2017.
  • Must sound immediately and continuously for 30 seconds.
  • Must be heard throughout the house and reset automatically.
  • Must be capable of being deceived temporarily
  • Must be located 54 inches above the door threshold.

*Safety covers for spas and hot tubs meeting ASTM F1346 may be substituted for barriers*

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Topics: Residential Fence, Ornamental Aluminum, Pool Gate Hardware, Regulations, Pool Fence

What Are The Ornamental Fence Applications?

Posted by Dawn Lowndes

Tue, Apr 16, 2013

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Topics: Commercial Fence, Residential Fence, ATFP, Aluminum Fence, Ornamental Aluminum

Who Really Uses High Security Access Control?

Posted by Dawn Lowndes

Thu, Apr 04, 2013



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Topics: Perimeter Security, ATFP, Government Fence, High Security Fence, Razor Wire, Razor Tape

What Are the Virginia Dumpster Enclosure Requirements?

Posted by Dawn Lowndes

Wed, Mar 27, 2013

In Virginia, all commercial entities that use dumpsters must build an enclosure for that dumpster. This law has been in place since 1976. The enclosures and screening must be opaque and constructed out of brick, stone, wood, or some other appropriate material (e.g. aluminum, PVC, or vinyl). Chain-link fences, even with slats, are not approved. When choosing an enclosure material, remember that careful planning will decrease damage claims and prevent frequent maintenance. Wood is a very popular material for enclosures due to the low cost and easy replacement; vinyl and composite are initially more expensive but require much lower maintenance and will not age like wood.

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Topics: Dumpster Enclosure

What Is A Good Looking Picket Fence Material?

Posted by Dawn Lowndes

Wed, Mar 06, 2013

The iconic white picket fence is an integral part of the “American Dream”: home ownership, 2.3 children, and a lush green yard with a picket fence. Picket fences are typically made of wooden boards – painted white or whitewashed – but they can also be made out of vinyl (polyvinyl chloride, or 'PVC').

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Topics: Homeowners Association, HOA, Residential Fence, Fence Design, pickett fence, vinyl pickett fence, backyard Fence, hoa fence, wooden fence, white pickett fence, Fence