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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.

 

 

Sliding Vs. Swing

electric gateThe majority of rear entry homes in North Texas have a fenced in backyard that stops at the driveway.  If a homeowner extends the fence across the driveway then up the property line, the size of the entire backyard increases as much as 40%.

Having a driveway fenced in creates a larger play area for children perfect for a basketball court, skate boards or roller blades.  The driveway being fenced off from the alley also eliminates the fear of children being struck by a car while playing in the driveway.

Sliding vs Swing

If you’re planning your automated access gate, you may be stuck on deciding which to go with: sliding or swing. Truly, neither mode of operation is better than the other. Both sliding and swing gates can provide years of lasting use. For Automatic Swing Gates, use of hydraulic or mechanical operators will ensure trouble free installation and use. Sliding gates occur more frequently in commercial or industrial applications, but can be modified for residential use. Titan Fence offers an inventory flush with different operating and control options Titan Fence expert will work with you on deciding which mode is best suited to your new or existing fence configuration.

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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

Pool Fences

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Pool fences have saved countless lives!  “Safeguarding a pool with a perimeter fence or mechanical cover is something that every owner should do,” says Seth Gilman, senior vice president at Poms & Associates, an insurance brokerage in Woodland Hills, Calif.

 A four-sided fence — one that completely isolates the pool from the yard and the house — reduces the risk of a child drowning by 83 percent, according to the CDC.

 According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowning is the No. 2 cause of death for children age 1 to 14 and the sixth-leading cause of unintentional death for people of all ages.

 About 300 children under age 5 drown in swimming pools every year; the pools usually are at their own homes. One-third of these drownings occur at pools owned by friends or relatives, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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Rabbit Control

Black-tailed Jack RabbitRabbit damage is almost always the result of their appetite for our plants. They eat flower and vegetable plants in spring and summer and the bark of fruit and ornamental trees and shrubs in the fall and winter.  How to keep rabbits out of your lawn and flower beds:  A well-constructed fence is the most effective way to protect plants. Also a two-foot high chicken wire supported by posts every six to eight feet is strong enough to keep rabbits out.

The presence of rabbits does not always result in economic damage to plants. Most 2- to 3-foot high shrubs can survive having most of the 1- and 2-year-old twigs removed. However, the desirable bud, flower, or fruit development may be impaired. The key to effective and economical rabbit control is being able to predict and intercept damage with methods that are relative to the predicted loss in value.Jack Rabbit Fence added to Existing Fence

To exclude rabbits from an entire backyard, fences can be easily installed as additions to existing structures. Perimeter fences of welded wire mesh of 1-inch x 2-inch or 1-inch (hardware cloth, hail screen) excludes young rabbits, but a 2- x 3-inch mesh or chain link fence will exclude adults provided the fencing is anchored properly.

For more information: http://www.ianrpubs.unl.edu/pages/publicationD.jsp?publicationId=1293