Proactive Projects: The Perks of Winter Fence Installation

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Sat, Dec 10, 2016

This time of year, visions of butterflies and backyard barbecues are overshadowed by ones of sugar plums and mistletoe. However, having your fence installed in the fall & winter months has some crucial advantages you should consider.

Along with the latest toys and technologies, a new fence is a perfectly reasonable and highly impactful gift to add to the top of your Holiday Wish List. Indeed, September-March is the best time to build your new fence.

Overlooked, but probably not a surprise that conscious consumers make big purchases for their homes in the off season. The fact is that most homeowners are not concentrating on outdoor projects until the spring thaw.

Preparing your home and business for annual winter weather should be a priority. Before you head out into the wild winter wilderness, here's some insight into scheduling and installing a fence in early winter so that you can check those projects off your list, twice.

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TIME & LABOR

It’s simple supply and demand. Homeowners who do their homework want the best service, and they want it at a reduced cost with little to no overtime. Being aware that in the off season; you are likely to pay less for your residential fence installation and get the most attention from your contractor.

Professional fence contractors tend to fill up very quickly with new and repeat Residential Commercial & Industrial customers during the spring and summer.

Peak season fence installations can have longer turnaround times.  Other anticipated spring projects could end up on the back burner waiting for installation from a busy contractor.

Keep in mind that there are two winter situations where fence installation on is not recommended.

  • Rainy days: Digging in the mud is never easy, and the holes tend to fill with water. Even if you do manage to get the fence up, chances are it will not be straight.

  • Lots of snow: Snow causes issues with the string line as well as the barrier edges.

 

  

 

A huge perk of this strategy is that when you start your fence installation in the off-season months, you will get to work in close collaboration with your Professional Fence Specialist. If you have specialty materials or regulated job specifications, a fence company can help you line that up.

Off Season is perfect timing to replace a dilapidated or damaged fence. Maybe you are ready to replace an old fence on your property that is not up to code.

Alternatively, if you are tired of staining and maintaining an old wood fence, you may want to consider a low maintenance option like vinyl or Ornamental Aluminum.

These two options need very little attention after installation. Replacing your wood fence with these options will allow you to see firsthand how these weather resistant materials stand up to the colder months.


WILL END OF YEAR FENCE INSTALLATION BENEFIT NEXT YEAR'S HOUSE PROJECTS?

It is a good idea to consider pool installation in winter months as those prices are also generally lower. Having the pool and fence ready to go by the time the flowers start blooming will be worth its weight in winter weather. Be proactive and schedule your pool and fence jobs in unison.

If you are in contact with your pool company for a winter installation, a Professional Fence Specialist should be able to work with your preferred contractor. Both construction companies should work in sync to achieve your individual project goals.

A Professional Fence Company should even be able to provide temporary fencing for the duration of the construction process. They can help streamline your project for your future Residential Fence Installation.

RECALL THE MOST FAMOUS REASON OF ALL

There’s nothing quite like that first enchanting blanket of snow, timeless holiday lighting and cool holiday decor Christmas draped across your fence. Your neighbors and family will be in awe at the sight of your very own winter wonderland. Moreover, while your neighbors are planning and constructing and spending, you’ll be the one chilling.

Topics: Fence, Privacy Fence, Aluminum Fence, wood fence, resiedential fence, fall projects, holiday fence, winter fence

ATHLETIC FIELD FENCING: SPORTING THE RIGHT FENCE ENCLOSURE

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Thu, Oct 20, 2016

Athletic field fences provide crowd control, venue security, and safety for sporting events.  The fences also serve to demarcate specific areas of the sporting fields.

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Whether the fence screens athletes or protect viewers; the fence is part of the sport played.  The venue and level of play take a vital role in determining what fence is appropriate for  the field. Football, baseball, softball, and tennis are all sports in which fencing is an important consideration.

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high school football fence is used mainly to separate players and spectators. These fences usually surround the track and are commonly 4 feet high.

These chain link fences are often colored and PVC coated for good looks and sure durability. Double drive gates and maintenance accesses are common at the end of the running track.

There are also simple 4 feet pedestrian gates where players and coaches enter the field of play. An attractive ornamental fence can be generally used along the side of the stadium that parallels the road in.

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Specialty fencing is also used in the bleachers to ensure that spectators (mainly children) do not slip between the railings. Most professional football locations do not use fence in the field area. They use railings to separate players and fans.

Baseball is the most common use athletic field fence. There are numerous variations of fencing on one baseball field. The outer perimeters of baseball fields are commonly fenced. 

Backstops are constructed of specialty fence that is three separate sections that are 90 feet wide and roughly 25 feet high depending on the design.

Bullpens are also enclosed using chain link fence and can be 8’ tall and screened with fabric for privacy for the players.

Batting cage fences keep baseballs and softballs contained and they are usually made of a thicker gauge of chain link due to the beating it will take. Baseball and football fence is usually set in the ground with a concrete footing.

 

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Outfield fences are typically 6 feet high and topped with bright yellow tubing. This visual marker allows players to gauge a cautious distance when tracking fly balls. Depending on dugout designs, fence can be attached to front railings or a dugout can be a complete chain link enclosure.

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Tennis fence is also a sport that encloses its courts to contain tennis balls. Tennis courts layouts vary tremendously, but the fences by and large are the same.

These fences are usually 10 feet tall and are coated for color, durability and it prevents snagging of the tennis balls.Screening is common on these fences and helps absorb the impact of the tennis balls.

On rare occasions courts are totally enclosed with a chain link roof.  This is more often than not for smaller courts in confined areas. Tennis fence is usually core drilled into the court, or it can be set before the court is laid down.

 

Topics: Fence, chain link fence, athletic field, netting, sports field fence, sports netting

What Are Passive And Active Force Protection Barriers?

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Tue, Mar 29, 2016

Active Vehicle Barriers

These create a secure environment by blocking a path or route but open or move to allow passage when necessary. Barriers are considered active when they can be moved to allow access, but keeps unwelcome visitors outside.

Vehicle access control points or entry control points where credentials and/or vehicle contents are checked might require installation of an active vehicle barrier (AVB) at the end of the access corridor.

Drop arm barriers  use a beam extending across the road. Usually the beam, or arm, swings vertically to allow the vehicle to pass, but horizontal swinging versions and telescoping beams are also available.  

Retractable Bollards are another common type of AVB. They are frequently used where they are normally in an up position and only need to be operated infrequently.

 
Passive Traffic Barriers

Temporary Fences and Barricades keep the job site or outdoor event enclosed by softly directing foot and vehicle traffic to a designated zone that can be broken down and set up quickly at any location at any point as needed. Typically construction sites use tall movable chain link fences to protect the public from and treacherous sections of a project. 

Swing gates designs require a massive steel counterweight (many thousands of pounds) to balance the beam, and a large capacity hydraulic system to move the beam.

Upswing barrier gates  can be used for a variety of commercial applications, including business parking lots, apartments, and traffic control.

Wedge barriers get their name because of their wedge shape when viewed from the side. They are also sometimes called plate barriers because the most common type uses a steel plate angled toward the approaching vehicle. This can be achieved by placing Jersey wall barriers in a way that creates a maze for the vehicle to maneuver.

This effectively forces the vehicle to slow down while permitting clearance.

Passive barriers are permanent obstacles that protect a building or property from vehicle interference.

Passive barriers have no moving parts; their effectiveness relies on their ability to absorb energy and transmit it to their foundations. 

Concrete walls if properly designed and constructed, can certainly perform well as a barrier. Key elements in the effectiveness of such walls are their height, thickness, reinforcement, and foundation depth.

Terrain can be used as an effective vehicle barrier. It is difficult for certain types of vehicles to pass or traverse ditches that have sufficient width, depth and overly steep side slopes. Berms also can be effective if properly configured.

Bollards are short, vertical posts used to protect potentially vulnerable structures or objects from damage by moving vehicles.

Designed for versatility, these posts range in size from 24” to 42”in height, and come in variable diameters to meet a location’s specific security requirements.

Bollards can be used to maintain a more natural look, while providing crash-rated security. 

 

Security provided by barriers is available with many different degrees of safety options.Whether the solution is permanent or somewhat temporary, depends on a facility's unique needs as well as various external factors.  Safety access, value of the secured property, and the risk of intrusion associated within the enclosed area are all essential questions to arriving at your barrier solution.

Barrier systems are built to specific standards set forth by the Department of State (DOS) and meet three levels of security K4, K8, and K12.  

Depending on the facility, the level of protection can be increased or decreased by the use of these barrier enclosures.

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Active Force Protection Barriers are used to create ATFP entry systems and gates.

The appropriate type of barrier depends on a number of factors. In this article we consult some of the most common barrier security applications.Security provided by barriers is available with many different degrees of safety options.Whether the solution is permanent or somewhat temporary, depends on a facility's unique needs as well as various external factors.  

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Safety access, value of the secured property, and the risk of intrusion associated within the enclosed area are all essential questions to arriving at your barrier solution.

Barrier systems are built to specific standards set forth by the Department of State (DOS) and meet three levels of security K4, K8, and K12.  

Depending on the facility, the level of protection can be increased or decreased by the use of these barrier enclosures.

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Topics: Bollards, ATFP, High Security Fence, Commercial Fence, Fence, fence law, high security, access gates, barriers, crowd control, pedestrian traffic

Chain Link Fences: Gauging Your Needs

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Thu, Feb 25, 2016
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Chain link fence is one of the most popular types of fence requested and installed today.

This popularity stems in part from chain link’s relatively inexpensive price and ability to mold to many safety concerns. This particular fence material is very flexible and ease of installation is a definite asset to its’ versatility. On a project with different ground elevations, a chain link fence may be the ideal solution.

Chain link is also ideal for projects that will cross stretches of terrain where beautification is not the primary intention.

Rear perimeter of military bases or any large government installations usually include at least one chain link fence application. It typically takes a back seat to high security steel and automatic gate applications but offers inconspicuous support to the other application as well as the denoting the property line.

Chain link fences come in a range of heights that make it suitable for a variety of applications. The shorter heights are commonly used in residential settings to reduce view obstructions.

Taller fences are most often selected for commercial use because of the increased level of security that more height can offer. Taller chain link applications may also include barb wire.

Chain link fence fabrics are also available in different gauges. A gauge is the measure of the diameter of the actual woven fabric metal. These sizes can vary widely, but 9 and 11½ gauges are the markets most common. 

The higher the gauge number, the less thick than metal material.  Therefor the smaller 11½ gauge is a popular application for residential fences where the family children or pets are the priority.

A more durable 9-gauge material is used when a higher level of security is needed.  This is more often the case for commercial or business applications. 

The difference between galvanized and vinyl coated chain link is that a vinyl coating is a manufactured vinyl coating. The metal under the vinyl is actually already galvanized then the vinyl is placed around it.This is a highly relevant option when choosing between the two, because coated material is better equipped to handle weathering over time. 

Standard galvanized chain link will begin to rust over time. Galvanized and coated materials are similar in terms of their sturdiness and longevity. Galvanized chain link usually carries a 10 to 15 yr. warranty against rust and corrosion. This fence is maintenance free, doesn’t require painting, and meets

ASTM specification 392 and federal specification R.R.F.-191.Galvanized fence tends to leave a rougher or “industrial” appearance. While vinyl presents an overall cleaner appearance and may even blend into the surroundings depending on the coating color selected.  This is one of the main reasons that higher end projects lean toward the vinyl coated fence materials.This will, of course, affect the final cost of the fence. The vinyl-coated material can increase the fence cost $1.50 per foot on a b 6-foot high fence. We hope this post will assist in determining the best chain link for your residential, commercial or government property.

 Black vinyl chain link usually carries a 10 to 15 yr. manufacturer warranty against chipping peeling and fading and it is virtually maintenance free.One of the major advantages of any chain link fence is its somewhat transparent (able to be seen through) design. However, it does not completely disappear to the eye. Because of this, the consumer must think about how they want their final project to look.  

 

Topics: Perimeter Security, Homeowners Association, Residential Fence, Commercial Fence, Code, Fence, Fence Maintenance, Richmond Fence, Comparison

TALKING TURKEY: HOW DO I FENCE MY RURAL OR URBAN FARM?

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Sat, Nov 21, 2015

 


The turkey is a majestic and friendly bird that anyone can raise and own. They forage well and take up very little room.

Though many "experts" recommend that turkeys be raised seperate from chickens, many backyard flocks raise turkeys alongside their flocks of chickens, bantams, ducks and geese.ul and helpful in controlling a variety of pests, turkeys are easy to raise and fun to watch. Turkeys can be a profitable addition to a large to small farmstead.

Also gaining recent popularity is the desire for the small urban farm youtr own backyard. 

People typically raise turkeys for meat, although some people like to keep a Tom (a mature male turkey) around as a pet.

Before you decide to add turkeys to your country or urban farmstead, here are the basics on raising them the right way.

 


In an Eggshell: What Turkeys Require for Home Enclosure Needs.


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First you need to ask yourself, Are turkeys right for my rural or urban farm? Turkeys require a different setup as far as housing and pasture from laying hens. They like to be outdoors regardless of the weather, although they do need to be eight to twelve weeks of age before they can safely be on pasture. 

If you've raised chickens for eggs or meat, turkeys are similar-but they require a bit more babying, especially as poults (young turkeys). They are also very social with humans, much more so than chickens, so you'll need to be willing to spend some time with your birds every day.

Before then, they should be kept in a brooder, perhaps with access to a fenced in sun porch. 

 

 

  • Safety & protection from predators

  • Places to dust bathe

  • Wood or metal roosts to fly into at night

  • Access to range with other livestock

  • A safe, durable and weather resistant fence system

As a general rule of thumb: 5 by 8 foot roost will house about 20 turkeys.

*Please keep in mind that urban farm foul laws vary from city to city in the United States. Recent laws have made it easier for residents to raise backyard foul and many citizens are taking advantage of the opportunity for fresh eggs and meat and a closer connection to their food supply. If you are interested in following this trend with your very own flock, it's important to understand the legal basics in your community. 

Fencing and Housing for Your Turkeys

Wood is an ideal construction material for a roost or a pen fence, and electical conduit can also be used as extra turkey security on top the wooden posts to keep the pen lightweight and easily movable.  If the roost or turkey tractor is very lightweight, it may need to be staked down so it doesn't blow over or away.

For temporary fencing, you can use electric poultry netting. If you want to build a more permanent enclosure, your farm fence should be as high as possible - at least four feet - given that these birds can and will fly

Wooden fencing structures are tried and true not only for the livestock's protection but also to provide more organic and natural farm aethetic. The wood fence can be topped with netting, to further enforce security and prevent escape. 

Woven wire fencing is another good option and is made of smooth wire horizontally, held together by vertical wires or "stays." The horizontal spacing is closer toward the bottom and wider at the top. It is held in place with wood posts or metal T-posts. Woven wire fencing is ideal permanent fencing for goats, sheep, pigs and poultry. Because these animals can squeeze through larger-spaced wires, or dig under or climb over other fences, woven wire is often chosen to keep them contained. Some farmers use it for horses as well.

The fencing should always be flush to the ground and sturdy so that the turkeys are protected from predators such as fox, raccoons, weasels and neighborhood dogs. You can also trim the wing of their feathers of rogue flyers, as most turkeys will probably stay in the fenced in pen happily unless something disturbs them.

Turkeys can be turned out onto pasture with cattle if you are enclosing a rural farmstead. They will scratch and pick corn and other undigested grains out of their fellow livestock's feed in order to spread nutrients and improve the biologic quality of the pasture.

They will also eat pest weeds such as nettles, dock, and chicory which aids in nurturing pasture as well.

Thus far, recommendations for simple movable root structures and fenced in pens assume you are raising spring turkeys that will be slaughtered for meat at around 28 weeks of age, and thus you don't need winter housing or separate gated or fenced in spots for toms and hens to guard and sit on their eggs. A fenced in pen with solid sides makes a good space for a broody hen to hatch out poults. This can be within the large or small turkey roosts.

 

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Reaping the Rewards of a Small Turkey Farm 

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Raising friendly, handsome turkeys for your family's use is both fun and worthwhile. If you raise them to eat, you'll have a much more wholesome and flavorful turkey than anything you could buy at the supermarket. Several of the old heritage breeds are still available, as well as the modern broad-breasted whites.Raising and housing turkeys has been gaining momentum. At the 2010 American Poultry Association National Poultry Show in Shawnee, Oklahoma, there were over 4500 birds shown. Of those 4500 birds, less than 60 were Turkeys. At the 2012 convention of the same name there were over 140 turkeys!
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One of our country's founding father's Benjamin Franklin is notorious for his very public opinion on the tukey as America's first national bird. In letter to his daughter, Franklin wrote:

   "For my own part I wish the Eagle had not been chosen the representative of our country. He is a is a bird of bad moral character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen h  perched on some dead tree near the river, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the labor of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a fish, and is bearing it to his nest for the support of his mate and young ones, the Eagle pursues him and takes it from him."

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