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Fencing: Tips for Staining Your Fence

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Since your fence is exposed to the elements, it is not surprising that it will begin to fade over time. Leaving this to go on unchecked does not simply affect the appearance of your fence but it can also have an adverse impact on your kerb appeal. Luckily, you could enhance the aesthetics of your fence by opting to stain it. Below are some handy tips you could employ to make the most of staining your fence. Tip 1: Select the right wood stain The first thing that you need to do before you purchase a stain for your fence is to consider what the main function of the staining process is. For instance, if you have a gorgeous hardwood fence with an attractive grain, then you should consider a transparent stain. This will restore the shine and lustre to your fencing without having to cover up its natural appeal. On the other hand, if your fence has acquired imperfections over time, then you may want to consider a solid stain. These stains not only enhance the appearance of the timber but they will also camouflage any faults on the surface. Also, if choosing a solid stain, consider the prevailing colour scheme of your home. This does not mean match the fence to your exterior walls. Instead, try to match it with areas such as shutters, doors, trimmings and more so as to ensure the colour scheme blends in seamlessly. Tip 2: Ensure your fence is spotless The trick to a flawless staining job is by starting off with a pristine fence. Some homeowners may assume that simply wiping down the fence would be sufficient. The reality of the matter is small particles of debris can be caught up in cracks that may be on your fence, which would negatively affect the finish once you are done staining it. Instead, you should consider power washing your fence. Since power washing only makes use of water, you can rest assured there will be no chemicals lingering on your fence to affect the staining. Power washing also eliminates a host of contaminants including mould and mildew that may have started developing on your fence. Tip 3: Determine if you need to remove the previous stain If you had applied a solid stain on your fence previously, it would be prudent to determine if you should have it removed. This is because if the stain is flaking, it could affect the appearance of your new stain and cause it to deteriorate prematurely. To determine if the prior stain should be removed, lightly scratch across  the surface of the fence. You should then proceed to tape the area with some duct tape and rip it off. If flakes of the stain have adhered onto the tape, it would be in your best interests to sand out this older stain before you apply your new...

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3 Tips to Make Maintenance of Your Automatic Gate Easier

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Like any other mechanical system, automated gates should be properly maintained to keep wire connections intact, prevent breakdowns and reduce failure of moving parts from lack of lubrication among other problems. Certain devices should be tested and adjusted to ensure they work properly and safely while the gate is in use. The following are three tips for maintaining your automatic gate: 1. Get a maintenance contract If you don’t want to handle any of the maintenance tasks yourself, setting up a maintenance contract with a service provider can ensure that your gate gets the attention it needs according to a predefined schedule. You may take a basic contract, which covers the annual inspection and tune-up where major work is done, or other variations which include multiple visits, availability for service calls, replacement of parts,etc. Basic contracts are sufficient for single residential automatic gates which aren’t opened and closed too many times a day. Commercial or multiple residential facilities, however, will need more frequent maintenance depending on the level of traffic. The contractor will give you a better estimate according to the type of gate and opener you have as well as the usage. Businesses typically use this information to set aside an amount in the budget for this task, so that all service calls, replacement parts and tune-ups are carried out under a single fee. 2. Choose quality parts High quality gates, openers and other parts are more resistant to damaging factors like rust and pests. For instance, you want circuit boards that are in secure enclosures and covered with a protective coat to prevent risks of short-circuiting in the presence of moisture. You should also look for maintenance-free, sealed-bearing wheels and hinges for slide and swing gates respectively. Low-cost systems may make economic sense at the outset, but they typically need more maintenance, especially in commercial/multiple residential places that have heavy usage. 3. Keep it clean Dirt and dust accumulation can make your gate look bad; it’s the easiest way to tarnish its appearance and expose it to pests, especially during adverse weather conditions. Regular washing with an occasional wax-job can keep the gate looking shiny and new and remove pest residences. Every few years, you can have a professional come in to remove the gate and redo the sandblasting, powder coating and finishing. Pests such as insects, reptiles and snails/slugs pose some danger to your circuit system, which is why the gate should be cleaned regularly. For instance, snail/slug trails and even spider webs can conduct electricity when slightly wet, increasing potential for damage to the circuit board. Anthills and bee/wasp nests will not only corrode the areas where they are built, they also take away from the aesthetic appeal of your...

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What You Need to Know about Setting up a Fence Properly

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Before you consider setting up a wooden fence on your property pay close attention to how you install the fence posts, so that the entire structure is as stable as possible. How do you ensure this is done properly, by selecting the right type of equipment?   Choose the Right Type of Wood When you’re looking at wooden posts, ask a specialist to make sure that the wood is pressure treated and the correct type of product for your purpose. Fence posts that are made for the purpose are calibrated according to whether or not they will come into contact with the ground as they have to be able to withstand water infiltration and rotting. Preparatory Work You will need to measure the distance between your posts carefully and evenly, marking the location for each one as you go. In order to dig the right type of hole for your posts, you will need a clamshell digger. It’s also a good idea to have a metal bar so that you can remove any large rocks or stones that may be in your way as you work. Make your holes a little bit wider if you’re planning to set your post in concrete. If instability is not so much of an issue for you, then you can use gravel as the base instead. Lining It up After you have finished setting up all your holes, you will need the assistance of a helper in order to make sure that your posts are stable. When someone holds the post in its proper position several small pieces of wood should be attached toward the bottom with nails and set at right angles to the ground. Then, when the post is inserted these additional pieces of wood will help keep it stable and in place. Each post should be treated similarly before you consider adding the footings, to make sure that everything lines up properly. Run a long piece of string between your posts and have somebody look at this from a distance, just to make sure that everything is in line.  Setting the Base Once you’re happy with all of this, you can add gravel or concrete into each hole. In all cases, whether you use gravel or concrete, you should ensure that the footing completely surrounds the fence post, so the soil does not come into direct contact with the wood. This will help reduce the potential for rotting and boost...

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Don’t Overlook These Factors When Choosing a New Fence for Your Yard

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Choosing a new fence can mean quite a financial investment, but a good fence can keep your pets in, discourage trespassers, and may even be legally required if you have a pool or to mark off boundaries. When you are ready for a new fence, you don’t want to overlook any factors in your decision. Note a few things that some homeowners tend to forget when choosing a new fence so you are sure to get the best choice for your property. Resale value You need to consider how your home might appeal to potential buyers if you were to ever put it on the resale market, and this includes your choice of fencing. As an example of what to consider, note if any of your neighbors have tall, wood privacy fences. If not, and you install the only tall wood privacy fence on the block, your home might stand out but not in a good way; it may look like a compound and not a family home.  On the other hand, if your neighbors have very attractive wood or metal fences and you choose a cheap cyclone fence because you don’t want to spend too much money, your home might look a bit shabby when compared to the neighboring homes. Consider how a fence will affect your home’s appearance and resale value when choosing a fence, so that it’s a good long-term investment. Weather If your home is in an area with a lot of bright sunlight, will this fade a wood fence and cause it to look worn? If your home is in the tropics or gets lots of snowfall, might this moisture cause a metal fence to corrode? Be sure to discuss standard weather conditions in your area with your fencing contractor and choose a material that will withstand the elements. Sound Very often a homeowner will choose a fence that enhances the look of their property and provides privacy, but forget any sound insulation they may need. A wood fence might absorb sound waves whereas a metal fence might simply bounce them around, not doing anything to make your property quieter. A glass fence can also block sound waves, but a cyclone fence will typically do nothing to block noise. If you live near a busy roadway, have loud neighbors, or your own children are the loudest on the block, ask your fencing contractor about a fence and material that will help block that...

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How to Keep Your Dog From Destroying Your Chain Link Fence

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If you have a dog, you may be considering installing a chain link fence around your yard to keep the dog in. However, dogs can destroy chain link fencing by jumping, climbing and digging around the fence. Here are some steps you can take to help your dog and your fence coexist without harming each other. Choose the Right Fencing Not all chain link fences are the same. The strongest chain link fences are made with thick wires. The technical term for wire thickness is gauge, with low gauge numbers indicating thicker wire. To ensure that your fence can stand up to a boisterous dog, choose a fence with a gauge between 9 and 11.5. Discourage Digging Even the strongest fence can be toppled by a dog digging underneath it. To discourage your dog from trying to dig his way out of your yard, bury chicken wire around the base of your fence. Dig a trench just inside the fence, lay chicken wire close to the base of the fence with the pointed ends pointing down, and then cover the wire with soil. When your dog digs down to meet the wire, he won’t be able to dig any further and is likely to stop. Extend Your Fence If you already have a fence, adding an extension to the top of it is a good way to dissuade dogs from trying to jump over. An extension that inclines toward the inside of your yard at roughly 45 degrees discourages jumping without requiring you to install an excessively high fence. Faced with this kind of overhanging extension, even the most adventurous dogs are less likely to try to jump over. Avoid Giving Your Dog a Springboard If you leave objects next to your chain link fence, such as garden furniture, your dog may be able to climb onto them and use them as a springboard to jump the fence. If your dog tries to jump the fence and doesn’t quite make it, he could damage the fence or even hurt himself, so it’s important to discourage this behaviour. Keep Your Dog Happy and Entertained Sometimes, dogs attack fences because they are bored. Provide interesting toys to keep your dog entertained while he is in the yard and spend some time every day playing with him so he doesn’t get bored. You also need to take your dog for daily walks to burn off excess energy and keep him happy and...

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Attention Gardening Lovers: Plant Your Way to a More Private Cyclone-Fenced Home

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Cyclone or chain-link fences are a popular choice with many homeowners not only because of the low installation cost, but also because they are durable and require very little attention by way of maintenance. However, one disadvantage of cyclone fences is the lack of privacy, unless the fence is covered up, e.g. using wooden slats. For homeowners who love gardening, however, planting vines to cover the fence can improve privacy while adding to the aesthetic appeal of your compound (and complement the garden you probably have going already). Below are ideas for starting out and growing foliage around your cyclone fence: Tip 1: Go with non-invasive fence-eater vines Fence eaters are a group of vines which wrap around fences at a fast rate. Good examples are Passionflower (and fruit), honeysuckle, Silver Lave vines, morning glory and trumpet vines among others. Fence-eaters are ideal if you have a large expanse of cyclone fencing and you want to cover it all up quickly. Bear in mind the soil, spacing and climatic requirements of your choices. However, be careful about introducing invasive vine species, e.g. woody vines like English ivy, Japanese Honeysuckle, Chocolate vine and Winter-creeper. Such vines would not only overpower your cyclone fence; they can grow out-of-hand and destroy other plants around the fence.   You can get vine seeds at your local nursery or gardening shop. Using seeds instead of seedlings can save a lot of money, since most species grow easily and quickly. If you want to speed up the time it takes for the fence to grow, however, larger seedlings are the best idea. Some perennial vines like Wisteria and Clematis take years of growth before blooming, so you should get plants to shorten your waiting time. Tip 2: Mix perennials and annuals for the best of both worlds A fun idea might be to plant many vine species to avoid the monotony of a single-plant growing all around your fence. Annual vines (e.g. Hyacinth Bean vine, Moonflower, Black-eyed Susan vine, Mandevilla, Scarlet Runner Bean, Cypress vine and Morning Glory) grow faster which means you can get your foliage and blooms in a shorter time. Perennial vines (e.g. Wisteria, Coral Honeysuckle, Clematis) on the other hand grow slower, but provide thicker foliage and do not die as fast. Mixing annuals and perennials allows you to cover up for both plants’ downsides: you can get foliage from annuals while perennials are filling up slowly, but once they do, you’ll have rich foliage all-year round, which is great for privacy.   Tip 3: Create a pattern You can alternate two different vines for a simple look, or increase the number to three or four to create a more complex pattern. Purposefully choose a colour scheme like you would for a painting. Below are some examples: Monochromatic (different shades of one colour) – e.g. warm-toned cypress vine, Chilean Glory vine and Exotic Love vine or cool-toned Passionflower vine, Purple-Hyacinth Bean vine and Cup and Saucer vine. Complementary – create a mix of both warm and cool-toned flowering vines Same plant, different varieties – mix different varieties of the same vine genus e.g. different varieties of Ipomoea genus which feature Morning Glory, Cypress vine, Moonflower, Exotic Love vine, Cardinal Climber etc. You can also mix up the above patterns across the...

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Home Improvement: Three Material Options for Quality Tubular Fencing

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Tubular fences are ideal features to consider incorporating into your property during a home improvement project. These products are fabricated to enhance your safety and security, and they are commonly installed as property perimeter elements, pool fencing and garden enclosure fences. Generally, tubular fencing is built using a series of connected metal tubes. Each of the tubes has a hollow centre, but its walls are strong enough to withstand stress. The design is cheaper compared to solid metal alternatives, and the maintenance requirements are low. Moreover, you can choose the perfect fencing material based on your long-term needs and budget. Here is a description of the advantageous metal options for your tubular fences. Steel Steel tubular fences are suitable for your property if your primary interest is security. This material is powerful and hard-wearing, so it will provide long-lasting service in any type of environment. Moreover, steel will resist damage from impact or pressure; this reduces the risk of infiltration of your home by brute force. When buying a tubular steel fence, you should make certain that the material is properly galvanised. This coating of zinc will prevent rusting and corrosion when the fence is exposed to rainfall and air. It is also advisable to choose coloured steel fences for your project to improve your home’s visual appeal. The surfaces can be painted with industrial coating or even be powder-coated. Aluminium Aluminium tubular fences are more suited for home applications than the steel alternative. This lightweight material does not provide heavy-duty security like steel. However, the metal is strong enough to prevent infiltration by common intruders in residential areas. You can also choose aluminium alloys if you want more impact resistant tubular fences for your house. The material is affordable, and its lower weight makes transportation and installation less demanding. Additionally, aluminium is naturally resistant to corrosion when exposed to water and air. Therefore, you can use the tubular feature for pool fencing and in marine environments without fear of accelerated damage. Wrought Iron Wrought iron is an old-fashioned material, but it is still used in fencing production due to the unique aesthetic appeal. Tubular fences made from this metal have a rustic appearance that is perfect for perimeter fencing and garden enclosures. Basically, wrought iron is similar to steel but the carbon content is extremely low. The material is heavy, highly durable and resistant to most forms of mechanical damage. Unfortunately, the high iron content means that wrought iron is susceptible to rusting; the fence will require significant preventative...

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Tips for Choosing a Good Security Gate for Your Property

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Whether for home or for a commercial property, a good security gate can mean keeping out intruders and being able to control unwanted guests before they get to your front door. A security gate can also add a stately look to any residential or commercial property, if you choose one that is attractive as well as functional. Note a few simple tips for choosing a good security gate for your property. 1. Width One mistake you want to avoid is creating a gate space that is too narrow for emergency vehicles to pass through. If you have a gate on a commercial property, you may be thinking only of delivery vehicles and cargo trucks, whereas fire trucks may be even wider and need more clearance. At home, you may only be thinking of the family sedan and may forget about emergency vehicles that may need to reach the house through your gate. Since the width of emergency vehicles may vary from location to location, you might call your local city clerk’s office or fire department and ask about the width of their trucks so you know you get a gate that can accommodate. 2. Material Stainless steel is usually best for a security gate, as it’s difficult to break through even with a moving vehicle. Wood can look good, but it’s somewhat easy to break through. If you prefer the look of a wood gate but want the integrity of steel, look for a gate with a steel inside which is then covered by wood layers or skins. This will give you the look you want without compromising the strength of a security gate. 3. Style Are you looking to keep out pedestrians as well as vehicles? Then you typically need a tall gate with vertical bars that are difficult if not impossible to scale. A solid gate that doesn’t allow a toehold can also be good, and it can block the view of the property so potential intruders cannot see your home or commercial building and note any security vulnerabilities it may have. You might also choose a mesh gate with a very small mesh that doesn’t provide a toehold, and which blocks off the view of the property; this might be more affordable than a wrought iron or wood gate. If you’re just looking to stop vehicles, a smaller gate can be less obtrusive and may be lighter, so it’s less likely to put added wear and tear on the gears, chains, and other pieces that may soon wear...

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How to Choose a Home’s Fence and Gate Design and Material

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Your home’s fence and the gate attached to it are very important for both appearance and security. You probably want a fence that does more than just mark off your property boundary but will also deter intruders from coming into your yard, give you some privacy from neighbors, and enhance your property’s appearance as much as possible. With so many options for fencing design and materials from which to choose, this can actually make it difficult to find just the right one; note a few tips to make the selection easier on you overall. 1. Start with regulations First, note if there are regulations you need to follow when it comes to your home’s fence. This can be regarding its height and its style; in some neighborhoods, the fence cannot be so tall that it overwhelms your neighbor’s yard, and there may also be laws about fences with vertical bars and how far apart they must be spaced, to keep children and animals from getting caught between them. If you live in an area with a neighborhood association or homeowner’s association, they too will probably have rules in place regarding your fence, so start by checking with them. 2. Consider security If you want a gate for your fence, you no doubt want it to be as secure as possible. Consider the lock you can purchase with each type of fencing material and style and if it would be easy to access from outside the fence. Choosing a wood or vinyl privacy fence with no openings between slats and no mesh design can keep someone from reaching through to inside the fence and unlocking the gate. Larger posts on the side of the gate can give you a way to drill an opening for a thick deadbolt so that the gate is more secure against someone simply forcing it open. 3. Material After noting the important factors of local regulations and security, you can then turn to the material of the fence and gate. A wood privacy fence may give you the most options for color, as you can easily repaint a wood fence any color you want, when you want. Vinyl may be more durable than wood, as it won’t rot, chip, or stain, but it can be difficult to repaint vinyl so you may need to consider your limits on its appearance. The same is true for metal fences; aluminum won’t rust or corrode, but to refinish it, you may need a contractor who can add a layer of powder coating. Keep these points in mind so you know you’re happy with your fence for years to come. For more information about fencing options and designer gates, contact a local fencing...

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What are the different types of metal fences?

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If you are thinking about installing a fence on your property, you might be thinking about metal fences. These have loads of benefits, from the amount of security it offers you, to the fact that the materials are recyclable if you ever decide to take it down. Here are some different types of metal fencing to consider for your home. Chain Link Fence A common type of metal fence to choose is a chain link fence, which is an affordable option. This fence is great when you don’t have a lot to spend but want a durable and secure fence. With a chain link fence, it is made with sturdy metal posts and frames that hold together steel mesh. You can get a chain link fence in different types of metal, from the more affordable aluminum to the high-quality steel. It is easy to have the fence custom-made to get the height you need for your property. While they aren’t good for privacy purposes, you can keep your dogs and children from running into the street. You can easily make it more private by planting tall bushes and trees in front of the fence. Aluminum Another good metal fence that doesn’t cost quite as much is an aluminum fence. A great thing about aluminum is that it is versatile and can be found in many different fence styles. If you want a fence that is good for privacy and includes large panels that keep out nosy neighbors, aluminum is perfect. There are a variety of styles of aluminum fences, where some are solid material, while others are more decorative with interesting detail and scrollwork on the surface. You can also paint aluminum fences to be any colour you like. Also keep in mind that aluminum metal fences are low-maintenance. Wrought Iron For a more durable fence that is hard for others to break down and gain access to your property, a wrought iron metal fence is ideal. Wrought iron is one of the most durable types of metal fences, lasting a long time, even if you pay a little more in the beginning. It also does require more maintenance, so that is something else to keep in mind. However, if you have security concerns with your home, you can get a wrought iron fence with a locked gate that keeps all unwanted visitors out. Have it made extra high so nobody can climb over the top of the fence...

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