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What causes knots in wood and how to deal with them

When using wood for any construction project knots are all too common.  A knot is a defect in a piece of wood caused by the presence of a branch.  When grading lumber, boards are classified by their size, form, soundness, and the firmness. Knots are not only unattractive looking they also can weaken the board strength and often act as the starting points for cracking. Higher grades of lumber will have fewer and smaller knots.  Titan Fence offers primarily higher grades of lumber specific to each job requirement.  If any piece of wood has too many defects they are cut out of boards and thrown on a scrap heap.

The largest knots are found on some of the least expensive, lowest grade types of wood available. Dealing with knots can add extra work to a project.  No special equipment is required, just a keen, experienced eye that knows what to look for.  When dealing with any fence project our expert designers and installers are trained on how to deal with knots and regularly weed through boards to ensure our fences are built with high quality standards and workmanship.   A Titan Fence specialist can work with you regarding which type of wood will best suite your needs and design a fencing solution for your home or office and provide the quality you are looking for.

How to Decorate a Fence for Christmas


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Our attitude at Titan is that a quality wood fence should add beauty to a home. Why not include your fence when decorating for Christmas?

Artificial garland works well on fence lines, gates and entrances. The rich green coloring tends to match the ornamental plants around a home and works to bring color back to a landscape during winter months. These garlands can be prelit or wrapped with mini lights to continue the warm, welcoming theme to the fence. This kind of Christmas greenery is best when used in long lengths, allowing the garland to drape slightly in between fence posts. Add red Christmas bows and mount matching prelit wreaths on fence posts to complement house decorations.http://www.dreamstime.com/-image1712800

Another option is to string decorative lights or icicle lights along fence lines to convey a sense of gently falling snow. Create an attractive border to the property, or use garland lights draped in swag display.

Halloween Traditions

decorations-scary-fake-spider-web-area-with-white-wood-stain-exterior-also-black-iron-fence-in-scary-outdoor-halloween-decorating-ideas-sinister-ouEver notice how a scary fence is in most Halloween pictures?  Where did this all start?

The general practice of going door-to-door for treats is clearly similar to a much older practice, “souling,” in which the poor would go from house to house begging for alms or food. However, the specific practice of “trick-or-treating” dates to around the 1930s. It is possible—though by no means certain—that it evolved as an antidote for the increasingly rowdy and costly Halloween pranks. It provided a healthier activity for the young and gave them an incentive not to play tricks.

We could easily make something up about the origins of Halloween costumes. We could say that people originally dressed as ghosts and witches to scare people, and that the practice eventually spread to include costumes of all sorts. But the fact is that we don’t actually know where Halloween costumes came from, only that the practice, like trick-or-treating, appears to have begun in early 20th century America.

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How often should I stain my fence?

imagesAs a rule of thumb you should stain a fence every 5 to 7 years depending on the type of wood.  We always  recommend a Cedar fence.  Cedar has natural oils and acids in the wood that make it undesirable to most insects. This allows the wood to be installed in its unfinished form and last for many years. Cedar also warps less than Whitewood or Pine fences.

 It’s impossible to completely prevent the natural weathering that occurs to a wood fence over the years, but you can slow the process by protecting the wood regularly from the elements. The stain you use to cover the wood must cover every part of the wood exposed to moisture. It’s also important to use galvanized or stainless steel hardware in the wood because these metals won’t rust and they resist warping.

 

 

Celebrate the 4th

backyard-bbq-pit-designs-9Many Americans choose to celebrate the Fourth of July in the safety and convenience of their own backyard.

The invention of this simple phenomenon has become a staple on the Fourth of July. All over America homeowner owners invest large sums of money into what has become a retreat for recreation, entertainment, dining, and relaxation. What used to be just a simple fence, bbq grill and patio has turned into a small oasis for many Americans. Here are some interesting facts regarding our country and the Fourth of July weekend.

4th of July Statistics Data
Number of hotdogs consumed on July 4th each year 150 million
Amount of chicken purchased in the week leading up to July 4th 700 million pounds
Amount of red meat / pork purchased in the week leading up to July 4th 190 million pounds
Percent of American households with outdoor grills 87 %
Number of Americans who will spend the holiday at someone else’s home 41 million
Amount of fireworks sold to cities for public celebrations 25 million pounds
Dollar amount of American flags imported into the US from China $5 million
Number of places in the US with “Independence” in their name 11