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What Is A Garden Arbor?

Posted by Dawn Lowndes on Tue, Aug 27, 2013


A garden arbor, also known as an arbour or pegola, is a shaded passageway, doorway, or sometimes a walkway, that is found outside, most often in backyard garden settings. Arbors create a threshold into your garden -- creating an elegant, victorian-esque feel. They are usually comprised of vertical pillars or posts connected with lattices and supporting cross beams in the form of an arched top, flat top, or gable (sloping) top.

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Pegolas can be free standing or may be part of an entryway to and from a fenced-in area – matching the fencing system it is a part of. As an entryway, arbors can be installed with or without a gate. They can also be used practically: filling in a gap where a gate used to be or by filling in a small space in between two hedges. Arbor entrances add visual depth to a yard; and when added to a fence line, will help that fence stand out in a landscape.



arbor bench Planting climbing plants around your existing fence and/or arbor, in conjunction with trellises, adds color and variety to your backyard or garden, and also helps add extra privacy by filling in gaps in between fence posts. Trellises are lattice-like metal or wooden structures that are added to arbors or fences for the purpose of allotting climbing plants, fruit trees, or vines, a designated place to grow. They have two main structure types: ladder or fan. Trellises are also perfect for hiding ugly exterior siding apparatuses, gas meters, or the like. Flowers that can easily climb a simple lattice or trellis include: clematis (purple/blue flower that blooms several months of the year); climbing hydrangea (large beautiful flowers that attract hummingbirds); morning glory (star-like bright purple blossoms); kiwi vine (produces fruit and small fragrant flowers); and, honeysuckle (grows rapidly and smells great). For a more thorough list of climbing vines and plants, visit this LINK.


Arbor entrances can be constructed out of almost any material (aluminum, vinyl, wood, wrought iron, stone, and steel) in a wide range of sizes to match the surroundings, conjoining fence line, local climate, and/or outdoor style. There is a lot of variation in the style of the top of the arbor; an arched top creates drama and contrast; a flat top looks great and sets your fence line apart; the gable top looks beachy (when traditionally applied next to a white privacy fence) or oriental (when made of natural wood and using asian-influenced design elements). Larger arbors can be custom made to match any width. They can be fitted with a bench for a garden or a gate to enhance privacy and security in a fence line.

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Wedding arbors are a temporary form of pegolas which can be bought or rented to create an instant alter for any outdoor wedding. Wedding arbors are typically white and made out of vinyl for easy installation and removal. However, they are sometimes made of natural wood. Wedding arbors can be decorated with flowers or draped with loose fabric to match the color theme of the wedding.


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Topics: Residential Fence

How Do You Fix A Rotted Fence?

Posted by Dawn Lowndes on Tue, Aug 13, 2013

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

If you have a wooden fence on your property, chances are good that at some point in time you need to do some wooden fence repair. You may need to replace rotten boards in a fence panel or a rotten fence post. Either process is relatively simple if you have basic carpentry skills and a few tools on hand. Once the repairs are complete, take steps, such as painting it regularly, to maintain the fence.

Things you'll need:residential fence RVA


Tape Measure

Circular Saw

Fencing Lumber

Drill and Drill Bits

Stainless Steel Screws


Hand-help posthole digger

Fence post


Fence Panel

1. Assess how much damage you need to repair on the fence panel. You may only need to replace a few boards. In some instances, you may need to remove the panel entirely and replace it.

2. Use a screwdriver to remove the screws that hold the boards of the panel in place.

3. Measure the length and width of the boards you need to replace. Cut replacement boards to the same length with a circular saw.

4. Pre-drill holes through the replacement boards. Attach them to the horizontal cross-members with the screws you removed earlier. Replace the screws if they are rusty with stainless steel screws.

5. Remove the screws on all the vertical boards of the panel if you must repair one of the horizontal pieces. Measure and cut a replacement board for the horizontal member.

6. Set the horizontal board in position. Reattach the screws through the vertical boards.

Fence Post

7. Use a screwdriver to loosen the boards or panels attached to the fence post. You may have to undo the boards at the next fence post as well to avoid warping the boards or panels.

8. Use a shovel to excavate the dirt around the fence post. Dig deep enough to loosen the post so you can easily pull it out of the ground.

9. Clean out the posthole with a hand-held posthole digger, or jobbers. Make the hole deep enough so the bottom is below the frost line.

10. Put some gravel in the bottom of the hole. Set the post on top of the gravel along with enough dirt to hold it in place. Hold a level against the side of the post to ensure it is plumb. Once it is straight, use a hand tamper to pack the gravel and dirt in the bottom of the hole around the post.

11. Continue pushing in dirt around the post, adding three or four inches of soil and tamping it until the posthole is full. Mound the dirt around the post so that water runs away from the post.

12. Reattach the boards or panels to the new fence post to finish the job.


Tips & Warnings

Paint or stain the entire fence when you complete the repairs.

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While the original post may have cement holding it in place, tamping dirt firmly around a replacement post is usually sufficient to hold it upright. The soil allows better drainage, which makes the post less likely to rot again.

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Read more: How to Fix a Rotted Fence | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_7723274_fix-rotted-fence.html#ixzz2PWGNsNye


Hurricane Fence Company offer a wide-range of fence styles and options after eighteen years in the industry. With offices in Richmond and Norfolk Virginia and Raleigh North Carolina, we are equipped to serve commercial, governmental and residential customers in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, and Washington D.C.

Our comprehensive selection of chain-link and steel ornamental fences offer secure and attractive fencing solutions for any scope commericial projects. As an owner operated business, we take personal pride in serving all of our customers and their precise needs. Our sizeable Operator Division handles an extensive line access controls and entry systems meeting an array of enclosure needs.  We present homeowners with sturdy and affordable ActiveYards brand residential fence options. Additionally, Hurricane Fence installs bollards, guardrails and temporary fence and is experienced in ATFP and Data Center fence projects.

Topics: Government Fence, Residential Fence, Commercial Fence

What Are The Virginia Livestock Fence Laws?

Posted by Dawn Lowndes on 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 farm fencethe 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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Dispute may arise between neighbors on the issue of who is responsible for building the dividing fence. Only livestock farmers, not adjoining farmers or landowners who do not keep livestock, are responsible for constructing, maintaining, and preserving farm fencing. This is a relatively new law since the 2005 General Assembly session, which passed a bill that modified a previous law that required home/land owners adjacent to farm land to pay for all or part of a fence which would border farm land. Adjoining livestock farms and farmers will still need to share the cost of fencing with the adjoining livestock farms and farmers equally. For more information on the standing law, visit this site, “Virginia Law for Farmers and Landowners”:


So what kind of fence is best for protecting and enclosing your farm animals? The most popular style is ranch fence, which is a simple structure made of two, three, or four horizontal planks connected by sturdy posts. There is vinyl fence, which is available in ranch-style. Vinyl comes in many colors, but white is the most popular and has a “clean” look. Brown, black, and faux wood grain are also available.

Another form of plastic horse fencing is flexible polyethylene, which will flex or bend up to six inches, instead of breaking on impact. This type can withstand over 4,000 pounds of pressure (per rail). All types of vinyl fencing require little to no maintenance and last a long time. For all of these reasons, vinyl horse fence is clearly going to be more expensive than other options. Wood ranch fence is a more affordable option which is also aesthetically more rustic and authentic-looking. Sometimes wood ranch fence has additional cross-boards between two planks, forming an 'x' shape. Clearly, wood can be painted white, or any other color under the sun. The problem with wood is that is warps in the sun, requires periodic maintenance, and is affected by climate, temperature, weather, and insects.

Virginia Code also permits electric fences, given the fence controller meets certain minimum standards. New electric fence designs such as fixed-knot high tensile woven wire and high tensile electric fences are legal in Virginia and may be more affordable and just as effective than traditional ranch style fencing.

Topics: Specifications, wooden fence

Do You Want To Beautify Your Wrought Iron Fence?

Posted by Dawn Lowndes on Wed, May 29, 2013


How to Rust-Proof Your Iron Fence

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What You'll Need:

* Gloves

* Face Mask

* Goggles

* Sand Paper

* Paint Scraper

* Disc Sander

* Scrubbing Pad or Steel Wool

* Wire Brush

* Mineral Oil

* 4 Paper Towels

* Rust Cleaner

* Rust Remover

An iron fence (Residential Fence) can be a safe and secure way to discourage intruders and unwanted neighborhood pets from entering your yard. (Gates) It can also add class to your yard. However, it can be very unattractive and can detract from the beauty of your home if it becomes rusted, as iron can easily do. To prevent your fence from rusting you will need special tools, materials, and instructions such as those you'll find below. You'll need not only to prevent future rust but will need to remove existing rust. (Fence Maintenance) Dirt, debris, and rust that have collected on an iron fence surface will seriously interfere with any treatment for future rust proofing, unless it is removed.

Step 1 – Assess Your Fence Condition

Before deciding on a rust proofing treatment for your iron fence, you'll need to determine the amount of rust and dirt that currently exists on your fence. (Get A New Fence) If your fence is older and if you live in an area of high humidity, salty air, or frequent rain or snow, your fence will likely have rust spots. Examine the entire fence, If you find heavy rusting such as flaking, plan to use tools and equipment that will be needed to remove this rust.

Step 2 – Remove Heavy Rust

For rust that is flaking and loose, use a paint scraper or disc sander with a coarse grade of sandpaper to remove the heavier rust. When removing this rust, be sure to wear a face mask and goggles, or eye protection.

Step 3 – Remove Medium or Light Rust

To remove rust that has formed on your fence surface but has not begun flaking, use a 120 to 160 grit sandpaper and sand off as much rust as possible. An optional method of removing medium to light rust is to use a stiff metal brush. When you have removed as much rust as possible with the brush and sandpaper, apply a commercial rust cleaner by dipping your wire brush into the rust cleaner, then work the cleaner into the fence surface, using circular motions of the brush.

Step 4 – Finish Cleaning

Use a garden hose to rinse off loose rust, dirt, and rust cleaner. Inspect the surface for remaining rust debris or dirt. If necessary, repeat steps 2 and 3 to remove remaining debris. Absorb excess rinse water from the fence surface by wiping with a clean, dry cloth. Allow the surface to dry, then use a pad of fine steel wool to buff and restore the natural look of the iron.

Step 5 – Apply Rust Proof Coating

Examine the fence surface to locate bare metal surfaces. At these spots apply a rust resistant primer. Apply a coating of rust resistant sealer or paint.

Step 6 – Optional All-In-One Cleaners

Some commercial cleaners (Commercial Fence) penetrate rust, dehydrating the rust and reforming it into a solid when the initial coat is applied. A second application creates a coating that prevents moisture and air from rusting the metal. Some of these treatments can be applied directly to a rusted surface. Check with manufactures directions before purchasing or using these products.


From: Doityourself.com



Read more: http://www.doityourself.com/stry/how-to-rust-proof-your-iron-fence#b#ixzz2MUm4CBH2

Topics: Residential Fence, backyard Fence, Fence

How Do I Stain My Wood Fence?

Posted by Dawn Lowndes on 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.

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Things You'll Need

Wood cleaner

Exterior wood stain

Stain applicator


Examine the fence for structural and cosmetic defects. Repair holes. Replace broken boards. Pull or pound out loose nails and drive in new galvanized nails.

. Wash dirty or mildew covered fences. Allow the fence time to dry thoroughly.


3. Test the color of the stain on an inconspicuous place of the fence or on a scrap piece of wood made of the same species of wood.

Apply the stain with the grain of the wood, using your choice of a medium nap brush, sprayer, paint brush or foam applicator, noting that brushes work best on smaller projects. Reach the best results by using a combination of applicators to work the stain into all parts of the wood, including the sides of the boards, smoothly.

Press evenly with the applicator and work in small sections. Move quickly between sections to prevent the edge of one section from drying out before you begin working on the next section. Feather the edges of each section to blend the stain together across the entire fence.

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Tips & Warnings

Pay attention to the type of wood used to make the fence; softer woods, such as pine, absorb stain faster, yet more unevenly than harder woods and may need more work to make the stain look even.

Choose among grades of transparencies for the stain depending on your desired result; use the most transparent to reveal the greatest natural wood detail and the most opaque to provide the greatest protection from ultraviolet rays.

Solid finishes last for more years between applications than do clear finishes. Expect to repeat the staining process at least once every three years to maintain the protection for your fence.

Read all labels to learn the limitations of the stain and how the manufacturer predicts how the stain will interact with your fence.


Originally Viewed On Ehow.com:


By Lee Roberts, eHow Contributor


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Built piece-by-piece! No prefab panels. Only #2 pressure treated pinewood directly from the mill to solidify a high quality wood fence for our customers.

Our top-notch 4x4 post and 2x4 wooden rail system lets you rest assured that your backyard fence has the best structural support possible. 

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Topics: backyard Fence, wooden fence

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