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.

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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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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

Who Really Uses High Security Access Control?

Posted by Dawn Lowndes on Thu, Apr 04, 2013

Access Control / Military Science of Fortification: 

Wire Obstacles are used to defend high-security buildings like government buildings. Walls and fences are more difficult to climb if a wire deterrent topping is applied.  They typically adorn the top of strong chain link fences, steel pickets, or stone walls.  At Buckingham Palace, they adorn the tops of high stone and brick walls. If someone tries to jump the fence, there is almost a 100% chance that they will get caught in the security wiring and injure themselves. Wire deterrents are meant to reinforce perimeter security and to slow down or stop an attacker. Barbed wire, barbed tape, and concertina wire are the three main mechanisms used in wire obstacles. Anti-climb fence spikes are also used at times for the same purpose.

Barbed Wire

Barbed wiring are steel ropes with sharp points or 'barbs'. Razor barbed wire is used in high security settings. The hostile appearance of barbed wire is sometimes enough to keep intruders at bay. However, wire cutters can cut through barbed wire and attackers are sometimes prepared to evade barbed wiring. 

Barbed Tape

Barbed tape, or razor wire, is different from barbed wire. Razor wiring looks like sharp razor blades built into a thin steel rope. Barbed wiring  looks like several small coils of sharp steel wrapped around a thin steel rope. Razor wire is sharper than barbed wire, but not as sharp as actual razor blades. Barbed tape is harder to circumvent than barbed wire, and thus is a more effective fortification mechanism.

Concertina Wire

Concertina Wire, also known as Dannert Wire, is large circular coils made out of thin ropes of barbed wire. They are coiled in conjunction with steel pickets or steaks. Constantine wiring can be set up quickly in a war setting, or are permanent fixtures commonly found along prison walls.

Factory made and used since World War I, Concertina wiring in a staple in modern fortification science.

 Anti Climb Fence Spikes

Security fence spikes are various types of systems constructed with a thick horizontal steel pole completely covered with very long and sharp angled steel spikes. They are designed to increase levels of security against intrusion, terrorism, vandalism, and to protect high-security buildings. Wire cutters cannot cut though this type of fencing.


SOME Security Breaches at Buckingham Palace:  [From]

:: The most serious breach came in March 1982 when Michael Fagan broke into the Queen's bedroom at the palace. She woke to find him sitting on her bed.

:: In 1992, an intruder walked into St James's Palace and downed a whisky in Princess Alexandra's private apartment.

:: In 1995, student John Gillard rammed the palace gates in his car at 50mph, tearing one off its hinges.

:: In 2003, an undercover reporter from the Daily Mirror got a job as a footman at the palace.

:: The same year, a major investigation was launched after "comedy terrorist" Aaron Barschak gatecrashed Prince William's 21st birthday party at Windsor Castle. Wearing a dress, beard and sunglasses he climbed on stage as the prince addressed the crowd, and kissed him on both cheeks.


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

How Is A Good Fence Contractor Selected?

Posted by Dawn Lowndes on Thu, Jun 07, 2012

There are many fence contractors looking to provide you services in erecting fences, however some are not qualified or do not have the proper experience to carry out certain jobs. A fence contractor is chosen in different ways, and this will vary depending upon the specific customers needs. The main disciplines in fencing opportunities are Commercial, Governmental, and Residential. Each one of these divisions has certain requirements to be able to qualify to bid, and to then execute the work.

fence contractorPrice is the primary consideration in selecting a commercial fence contractor. The bottom line is at the forefront so the lowest bidder usually secures the job. The person managing the contractor selection will need account for what is actually needed to complete the job. If the business owner only needs a fence, then a fence contractor would be selected. If the owner requires more work than fencing, then a general contractor would oversee final fence pricing and ‘subcontractors’ will actually price the fence. Other factors that contribute to the selection process can be submittals. Fencing submittals are drawing that illustrate or show what is specified in the contract documents. These are submitted so that the business owner or general contractor can be assured that the fence contractor is familiar with what is actually being constructed. At times a perimeter security contractor could have a really good price, but is not at all familiar with the particular type of fence needed and cannot actually be awarded the job. Reputation plays a big part in the commercial fence contractor selection process. A longstanding good reputation with General Contractors can be vital in obtaining future fence work for a fence company. Having a good track record with the contractors and consistently doing a commendable job will weigh heavily in the selection process. Having the resources and manpower to bid commercial jobs and the knowledge to carry them out is necessary to bid commercial fence projects. Adaptability to special types of fencing and special requests is key to project completion and thereby continued work and success.  This is where fence design and construction experience is a must in fence contractor section.

Military fence contractor traits are very similar those stated in the commercial criteria. Price also plays a big role in the choice, but the main deciding factor in a lot of military work is business classification. Certain bases or military institutions will require a fence contractor to be a Small, Women and Minority owned Business. Other qualifications for this are Disabled Veteran Owned, Disadvantaged Business, and Minority Owned business. These qualifications and designations can help a fence contractor obtain work through military, and can even prove imperative to landing a military contract. Also, in bidding military work there is a stringent bid process that is very detailed. It can actually be complicated and it requires a fence contractor who is familiar with the bid process and may even have a business relationship with contracting officer. A lot of high security fence is used on military bases and this is a case where having the resources and knowledge is vital in obtaining work.

fence raleigh north carolinaThe residential fence market is wide open and is driven mostly by fence prices and selection. Having supplier resources and different fence materials is key in residential fence contracting. Staying ahead of the curve by proposing new and creative fence design ideas will also keep you in an advantageous role as a residential fence supplier. The residential market is saturated with people who erect fence. Materials are so abundant that almost anyone can propose to do this. This makes a quick case for a residential fence installer's reputation being a very imporatant element of consideration. Being able to provide a high quality product, and to install it correctly will lead to great word of mouth advertising and repeat customers. Or just the opposite if a fence contractors reputation is bad. Many homeowner's looking for a fence will simply tall to their neighbor to find out who put up their fence.

Topics: Government Fence, Residential Fence, Commercial Fence

What is ATFP? And Related K4 K8 K12 Perimeter Security?

Posted by Dawn Lowndes on Thu, Jun 07, 2012

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Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection (ATFP) is generally defined as a federal security program formed to protect personnel, information, and critical resources from outside attacks.  These attacks could be attempted by the use of Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPG), truck bombs, or any means of weighted attack force. Areas of planned security could include law enforcement personnel, intelligence and training. For our purposes we will only discuss the physical security of a site.

ATFP standards set by the federal government can be used to protect areas such as military vicinity, state and local courthouses, banking centers and certain corporate areas. Corporations can deal with security sensitive matters like financial markets and Internet service providing computer farms.

ATFP secured structures can actually be made better able to prevent blasts from having a great effect. This can be done by ‘hardening’ the exterior of the structure by blast proofing the walls and glass. The can be achieved with the addition of concrete and steel wall supports. A “progressive collapse” structural design can be created to limit the likelihood of a complete building collapse in the event of an attack.

Perimeter security is typically created by the addition gates and entry areas and is most often delineated by a fence. ATFP fence is a standard fence that is upgraded or one that is originally manufactured to ATFP fence specifications. ATFP perimeter security can be of a very different nature.  

ATFP Entry Systems or Gates are created by using passive and/or non-passive barriers.  These systems are specifically designed for the level of protection that the facility mandates.

Passive Barriers allow the passage of entering vehicles at all times. This can be achieved by placing jersey wall barriers in away that creates a maze for the vehicle to maneuver.  This effectively forces the vehicle to slow down while permitting access.  This is only one example of this type of passive barrier.

Non-Passive Barriers are actually permanent entry obstacles. These are things like bollards, wedge barricades, drop arms, slide gates and newly designed net systems. These Barricades can be used in conjunction with fence gates or can actually be mounted to fence gates. They are used more often than passive barriers because they can be moved in and out of their location with ease. This allows instant entry and immediately re-barricaded areas.

ATFP passive perimeter security can be accomplished with the use of steel cables or steel guardrails. This can also be setup by any combination of natural and manmade features when natural barriers are not sufficient or present. Distance can be a great ATFP device when used in combination with an uneven or bumpy surface. This can also be achieved with ditches and berms, or large bolder (3ft. x 5ft.) placement and forestation. This will slow down any moving vehicle or a truck bomb that is attempting to implode a building surface. Remember that AT/FP perimeters are specifically intended to stop only vehicle traffic. This perimeter prevents a bomb threat, not theft.  

Bear in mind that it is much easier to implement the AT/FP standards when working on new construction rather than attempting to retrofit the system into an already existing environment.  When retrofitting, much of the plan design work will be required to be done onsite and in an emergent way. This can lead to extreme design difficulties and can turn out to be very costly. Conceiving a building or site around AT/FP barrier implements is much easier than situating the AT/FP elements around already existing structures. Imagine attempting to widen the distance between a building and the adjacent road line. It would be much easier to initially plan this rather than propose it at a later point in time.

Some additional research should be done to understand ‘K ratings’ (K4|K8|K12). These ratings are somewhat complex and are standards set by the government to quantify and ensure the inflexibility of implemented AT/FP barrier devices.  Read ‘K ratings’ (K4|K8|K12 Fence) Informational Blog


Article contributed by fence professional John Lowndes.

Topics: Bollards, Military Fence Installations, ATFP, Military Fence, Government Fence

Who Provides Dependable Fence Solutions?

Posted by Kristen Fugere on Thu, Feb 16, 2012

Hurricane Fence Company

Hurricane Fence has been a dependable provider of fence solutions for nearly twenty years. Owners, John Lowndes and Dennis Sulser, first opened Hurricane Fence in Richmond’s Fulton Hill neighborhood in 1994 and have been helping serve and expand their loyal customer base ever since.

John and Dennis still take a hands-on approach to operating and growing their business. The newly renovated Dinneen Street location in Richmond, Virginia is addressing a few the technological challenges that face all of today's small businesses. While, the Norfolk, Virginia branch, run by Vice President Todd Jones, now has a very active residential division. Our most remarkable achievement of 2011 was opening an office in Raleigh. This new site provides a centralized location for servicing North Carolina's vast military and comercial fence market.

Hurricane Fence’s comprehensive selection of chain-link and steel ornamental fences offer security and aesthetically-pleasing fence solutions for any business, big or small. Our sizeable Operator Division handles an extensive line of access controls and entry systems. Hurricane Fence can also provide and install bollards, guardrails, and temporary fencing. With crews dispatched from Raleigh, Norfolk, and Richmond, Hurricane Fence, we individually serve all our customers. We work hard to maintain statewide presences throughout, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Washington, D.C.

ActiveYard Residential FenceDespite its very successful growth, our residential division always maintains a personable approach to our customers. We offer the sturdy and affordable ActiveYards brand in vinyl and aluminum fence. We also provide wood, privacy, and pool fences to suit any homeowner's back yard.

Providing free commercial and residential fence estimates, experienced design services, and custom installations in Richmond, Raleigh, Norfolk, and their sizeable surrounding areas.

Hurricane Fence Company is a licensed and bonded Class A contractor capable of handling even the biggest jobs with efficient installation methods executed by our superbly skilled design and installation teams.  We are a SWaM/Small Business Certified Company with an active safety program. Hurricane Fence also participates in commercial and industrial fence projects and is licensed and certified in multiple municipal, local, state, and federal locations.

We look forward to providing you with quality service for your next fence project no matter its size or scope. Hurricane Fence will continue to maintain the level of expertise and quality that has become expected by our most valuable assets: our customers. 

Article contributed by Michael Fugere.

Topics: ATFP, Military Fence, Government Fence, Residential Fence, Commercial Fence

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