HISTORY: THE ROLE OF THE PERIMETER FENCE IN THE MODERN ERA

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Thu, Jan 16, 2014

Chapter 3: The Role of the Perimeter Fence in the Modern Era.

In the last few hundred years, millions of refugees from have sought out the United States in pursuit of life, liberty & happiness. Tribes of oppressed people’s from all over the world have come to stake their claim on their very own piece of land; The American Dream. In more recent times, perimeter fencing has become prevalent for setting boundaries between much smaller structured civilizations rather than larger ones colonies of the past where neighbors were few and far between.

Increasingly compact urban populations and the invention of the sub-burbs not only allow for property owners to mark territory but they now encompass a homeowner's unique vision, and trends within popular culture and security specifications. 

Fence types, styles and materials vary thanks to the industrial revolution the fence options absolutely endless in the modern era. Aluminum, Wood, Privacy gates, security fence systems are just a few.

In the past century, there have been some highly notable and peculiar fencing structures that are well worth a fence google. Especially because the history of modern civilization and fence structures of all kinds go hand-in-hand.

 

AQUA FENCE: TURKEY 

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Mehmet Ali Gökçeoğlu, a successful businessman and topographical engineer from Turkey, recently built the “world’s most fantastic” fence for his luxurious villa in Çeşme, Izmir. Eight years ago he replaced the wrought iron metal fence at the front of his property with a specialty 50-meter-long aquarium filled “fence” structure with hundreds of fish and octopuses. Above are the pictures to prove it.

Located just a few feet away from the shores of the Aegean Sea, Mehmet Ali Gökçeoğlu’s property has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Çeşme, attracting up to a thousand visitors a day, according to its owner. The villa itself is pretty impressive, but it’s not what draws so many people to this place. They come to see the aqua-fence. Eight years ago, the Turkish businessman had the eccentric idea to replace the front fence of his home with a giant aquarium full of various marine creatures from the Aegean Sea. Building the transparent structure was actually the easy part of the project. The hard part was linking the aqua-fence to the Aegean through a 400-meter-long buried pipeline, so the water could be changed continuously to keep the aquarium looking clean and its inhabitants happy. Gökçeoğlu hired a team of private divers to perform the task, and ended up paying approximately 40,000 Turkish Lira ($21,000) to fulfill his dream. The businessman says just seeing people line up outside his house staring at his specialty fence creation makes it all worth it.

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DINGO BOUNDARY FENCE: AUSTRALIA

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The longest man-made perimeter structure is the Australian Dingo Fence. In fact it is also the world's longest fence EVER. 

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Stretching across two southeastern Australian states, Queensland and South Australia, the Dingo Fence is 5,614 kilometers long. 

Quick Facts about The World’s Longest Perimeter Fence:

5614 kilometers is the total length of the Dingo Fence.
8614 kilometers was the total length of the Dingo Fence up until 1980, where due to repair costs it was shortened to its present length.
26.5 million hectares of sheep and cattle grazing country is what the Dingo Fence protects.
5,614,000 meters of wire mesh, that stands 180 centimeters in height and is a further 30 centimeters underground, was used to build the Dingo Fence.
623,777 wooden and steel posts hold the Dingo Fence together. 

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The perimeter fence has a wide-range of cultural, psychological and historical tones. We put fences around everything. From the physical to the meta-physical. It’s in our nature. A fence evokes ownership pride of your surroundings It's the semblance just a small part of the planet we all share. Very few human characteristics can imply so much so without words. The fence concept is just another fascinating example of what it means to be a human being.

 

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History & Psychology CH. 2: Where did the perimeter fence come from?

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Fri, Jan 03, 2014

History & Psychology CH. 2: Where did the perimeter fence come from?

As the great English agriculturist Arthur Young said commenting on eighteenth century French peasants’ toil on their small patrimonies, “Give a man the secure possession of a bleak rock and he will turn it into a garden. Give him a nine years' lease of a garden and he will convert it into a desert." Being instrumental in the culture of property, the fence fostered long-term thinking and constructive effort. 

Land Ownership

Land ownership demanded lasting commitment and care that were beyond the capacity of a single individual, so since very early on land was attached not to the individual but to a family. In early Hindu and Greek law, land could not be sold or transferred to another family, either by bequest or as a dower. A father who had land was compelled to leave it to his sons. If he had no sons he must pass it to the nearest relation. Since no one could take away family land upon marriage, the fence was associated with native home and was helped facilitate inferred communication in a domestic context.

Having a strong visibility bias, the fence is an open declaration of intention. It says on the part of an occupant "I am here and planning to stay." This makes it an appropriate device to be associated with law.

Numa, the second king of Rome laid down in 7th century B.C. that each man should surround his land with a boundary and set up landmarks of stone or modern day bollards. He dedicated these landmarks to the god Terminus, and ordained that sacrifices should be offered up to him every year, appointing the Festival of the Terminalia. This worship of boundaries was meant to celebrate the conquest of the land of Rome from the Latinians and the Sabines originally occupying the region. Victory would not have been possible without the will of the gods and the fence being a symbol of this triumph had to be honored in appreciation. Thus the fence was invested with meaning and gained value.

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Further, in 7th century England, the King of Wessex added a new function for private peremiter boundaries: Responsibility. The business of protecting crops from cattle, was on the land-owner. The king proclaimed that a homestead must be fenced winter and summer. If it is not fenced and his neighbor's cattle get in through his own gap, he has no right to anything from that cattle or the the owner of the property it wandered onto.

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In New America, John Winthrop, the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony even passed a policy stating: "That which lies common, and hath never been replenished or subdued, is free to any that possess and improve it."

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Pictured Above: A Worm Fence in Gettysburg Pennsylvania circa 1600.

Circa 1600 A.D., Jamestown Virginians were amazed to discover a fence structure that they'd not seen before. A worm fence is a pereimeter fence that lays logs atop each other at an angle eliminating the need for posts of any kind. The early settlers used their spare logs while yielded and clearing the residential land they forged.

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Chapter 3: The modern perimeter fence and how it helps shape current cultures.

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History and Psychology CH. 1: Where did the perimeter fence come from?

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Wed, Jan 01, 2014

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As one year ends and another begins, most of us are reflecting on the last year of our lives. Where we've been, how we got there, and where we're going. One can also marvel over the many ingenious inventions that have come from the human mind. We make history, we learn from it and we evolve, and move forward as a society.

I often wonder where things we interact with every day originated, who invented them and what their original intent was.

And, while we don't think about perimeters, and boundaries as structural elements on a daily basis, they are a part of all of our lives on a conscious and subconscious level. Anyone who has lived in the past several hundred years has gone through their entire lives in their presence. From the emotional tearing down of the Berlin Wall, the sheer visual impact of the Great Wall of China to the boundaries of our country's borders perimeter fences have played a major role in implicative communication throughout human history.

So where did the fence come from?

The history of civilization is closely tied with the history of the fence. Human civilization is conceptualized as emerging from agriculture, family and property. All of these evolved with the fence.

On the one hand, fences are tangible objects that have been put to use at all times for definite purposes. On the other, they are artifacts having meanings in the cultural systems they've resided in.

Fencing as a concept gives us a clue into the mentality of past societies and its symbolic usage in their societies The fence can be used to exemplify the role of technologies in culture.

While technologies enable us to act or behave in certain ways, they also make us think about what we do, and create habits of thought. Hence, our practices, built upon the media we use, shape up our conceptualization of the world. With continuous usage technologies highlight what is important to think about in our lives thus establishing cultural values. Culture then perpetuates itself by employing practices as symbols.

From this perspective studying the history of the fence is at the same time studying the culture of the fence. While no more than fragmented evidence from a small number of societies, time periods and locations, we can see how the use of fences in human societies has generated myths we live by and ideologies we now take for realities.

In the early stages of settling, human tribes tended to till the land in a group. Amongst the ancient Germans there were no separate estates or private boundaries. Germans practiced the so-called "shifting cultivation".

The appearance of the perimeter fence in human societies marked the transition from a pattern of looting nature to taking care of it. It was with devoted agriculture that fences came about. While it is impossible to name the inventor of this technology back in Ancient Mesopotamia, the first man who, having fenced in a piece of land, said "this is mine," and was able to persuade others to believe him, that man was the true founder of civil society.” The fence helped institutionalize one of the most important elements of the social contract – the collective recognition of private property.

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Good Fences make Good Neighbors: Will Professional Fence Installation Raise my Property Value?

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Thu, Oct 10, 2013

 

Fence Property Value

Yes indeed! Increasing the value of a property is avery fortunate byproduct of a well considered fencing project. A professional well-built fence really does benefit the your home's worth in terms of aesthetic appeal. At the same time it provides added safety, security, and privacy

One could come that conclusion on their own when the time comes, but here are some other reasons why a professional fence system may be more of a "no-brainer" than you "think."

Curb Appeal: This one very important and evolving element of the residential fence industry. 

No matter where you live, it's little to no coincidence that homeowners work hard in the effort to keep their property in good shape inside and out. The competition in today’s real estate game requires that home sellers do all they can to get a leg-up. But an increased property value return is just the monetary aspect of this equation.

The psychology of this can be seen in the efforts of home owners to become or remain an asset to their neighborhood or community. Home owners understand that "Good Fences make Good neighbors," as Robert Frost so eloquently wrote years ago.

Staging: is the term used to describe the process of preparing your home or property for full view on the real estate market. Baiscally it means clean, de-clutter, and streamline the inside design elements and upkeep. Sellers routinely do this so that homebuyers can instantly visualize themselves and their belongings in the highlighted spaces within the house and on the property. So be sure to apply the same theory to your definitive outdoor spaces. An easy to achieve this is with the installation of a wood or vinyl privacy fence. Once the space has a defined tone, it should make the space welcoming for use.

Protection: One of the most most significant reasons for installing fencing for any residential space. These are security, privacy and containment of small children and animals and. While appraisers may add limited values to smaller homes with a simple privacy fence; homebuyers will immediately see the value of simply being able to protect their patio furniture and grill and garden. Pet owners and parents of small children (often first time homebuyers) will instantly see the benefits of a professionally installed fence.   

 

Remember, a good quality fence will increase your property value while a poorly installed fence can actually decrease value after a few years of deterioration. Make sure you hire a reputable and experienced company with a quality product and secure installation methods. You could literally pay the price for a bad choice at re-sale time.Be visually selective and aesthetically aware. Gladly, there many fence alternatives for defining and decorating your outdoor residence. 

  • Select a fence style that will complement your house and existing structures. 

  • Materials for a more formal house may hint at wrought iron while a farm setting may be better suited to vinyl board fencing.

  • Colors that complement the house, out buildings and other structures are good.  Is your home in a black wrought iron or white vinyl fence setting?

  • Install fencing per the manufacturer's instructions to keep on top of visual and monetary value. 

  • Maintain the fence as needed. Painting, pressure washing and other routine maintenance are often required to maintain the appearance of a fence. Fences in disrepair can affect property value negatively.

  • Treating a wood fence at least every two years, or choosing a maintenance free fence options such as vinyl, coated chain-link or aluminum fence will pay off at resale.

     

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A Professional Fence Specialist will be able to provide you with fence ideas and solutions. They should work with you to achieve your personal desired level of visual impact when deciding on fence products and serivces. Make sure that your fence professional is experienced as comes with good reccomendations. And when in doubt, always call Miss Utility, first!

*It is recommended before the purchase of a home or when planning to enclose your yard that you check with any related Homeowners Associations (HOA) to see what fence products or specifications are approved for the neighborhood.  

Topics: Fence Design, Specialty Fence, Residential Fence Choices, Homeowners Association, Property Value, backyard Fence, Privacy Fence, vinyl pickett fence, wood 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

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