Building and Repairing Your Own Fence: Tips for Everyone

Building and Repairing Your Own Fence: Tips for Everyone

Who Let the Dogs Out? Keep the Dogs in With Cyclone Fencing and These Tips

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If you want to build a dog kennel or enclosed play area, cyclone fencing can be a great option. However, to make the most of your kennel, there are a few tips you should keep in mind. Here’s what to consider as you plan, install and maintain your dog kennel. Professional Installation It can be tempting to install cyclone fencing on your own. It looks relatively easy — you simply pop the posts into the ground, and unroll the cyclone fencing so that it stretches between the posts. However, if you don’t have a lot of experience with fencing, this can be hard to get correct. You may want to hire a professional to ensure that the fence is installed correctly around your dog kennel. In particular, these professionals have the tools to pull the cyclone fencing tautly so it doesn’t sag and allow your dog to escape. Underground and Overhead Protection If your dog is a bit of an escape artist, you should keep that in mind as you design your kennel. To discourage your dog from digging out underneath the fence, ask the installer to bury a few centimetres of the fence beneath the ground. In most cases, when the dog starts digging next to the fence, they will feel the metal, and they will be put off from the task. Most dogs won’t try to keep digging to find the bottom of the fencing. Similarly, if your dog can jump really high, you may want to add a cover to the kennel. This is not possible if you are putting cyclone fencing around your entire yard, but it can work fine to make a completely enclosed kennel in a relatively small space. Privacy Strips If your dog is easily distracted or bothered by other dogs or people passing by, you may want to add privacy strips to your cyclone fencing. You can add these when you install the fence, or you can wait and add them if needed at a later date. To install them, you simple weave these weather-resistant vinyl strips through the holes in the cyclone fencing. Repairs Finally, once the dog kennel is completed, you should make sure to repair it if anything happens to it. In most cases, cyclone fencing is maintenance free, and repairs aren’t usually needed that often. However, if someone cuts a hole in the fence, if it’s damaged in a wind storm or if anything else happens to it, you should repair it as soon as possible. That prevents the damage from getting...

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Use Glass Hand Railings to Beautify Your Deck

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Having a deck on your property can have a largely positive impact on the overall curb appeal of your premises. Decks at the front of your property tend to be the first thing that your visitors and potential homebuyers will see whereas those located at the back of the home add a private living space for you to enjoy your backyard. As such, it would be essential to ensure that your deck is as aesthetically appealing as possible. Nevertheless, not many homeowners put much thought into how to enhance the aesthetics of their deck. This is will you will find some homes using inappropriate materials as railings, which are neither durable nor appealing. If you would like to boost the appearance of your deck, you should consider glass hand railings. The following are some of the reasons why you should use hand glass railings to beautify your deck. Glass hand railings will give you enhanced views of your property One of the main reasons you should consider glass hand railings is they will offer you unobstructed views when you are relaxing or entertaining on your deck. This gives you the chance to sit back and enjoy the scenery while you are outdoors, rather than having opaque railings and panels that will make you feel boxed in. The clear sightlines that the glass hand railings provide you with also make this type of balustrading unobtrusive by creating an illusion of invisibility. Glass hand railings are virtually maintenance free When it comes to chores, not many homeowners are excited about putting in some elbow grease to have their home stay spick and span. Since your deck is exposed to the elements, you will find that how often you would need to clean the railings and balustrading would depend on the materials that you choose. For instance, wood balustrading is an organic material. Therefore, it has the propensity of absorbing dirt as well as moisture. You would have to ensure that wood hand railings are cleaned on a regular basis not only to keep them pristine but to also keep them in good condition. Other materials such as steel would need regular preventative care to prevent them from developing corrosion. With glass hand railings, you would not be tasked with all these chores. All you would be required to do is ensure they a thoroughly wiped down on a fairly consistent basis to eliminate the dust that would be collecting on their...

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Benefits of Swing Gates and Considerations When Purchasing Them

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When you have a child, your first concern is ensuring that they are safe at all times. There are numerous methods of baby proofing your home, some more extreme than others. However, if you would like to constrict the movement of your child to avoid them for getting in harm’s way, you may want to consider installing swing gates around your home. So what are some of the benefits of installing swing gates? They can be installed almost anywhere in and around your home. There comes an age when your child is crawling around or has just learned how to walk and thus they will be perambulating all over the home. To ensure their safety, you could install these gates at areas such as the top of the stairs, as garden gates, to limit access to the pool area and more. These swing gates can also act as a way to restrict the movement of pets so as to ensure they are safe when you are away from home. They are easy to install. Another benefit of swing gates is their installation is not labour intensive. As such, you do not have to worry about exorbitant labour costs from your fencing contractors. Additionally, you could opt to purchase prefabricated swing gates rather than having them constructed and erected from scratch. This could work toward decreasing your installation costs. Before you go out and purchase swing gates, you should consider what you would like to have in your home. The following are some of the considerations to keep in mind when considering the purchasing of swing gates. Know the measurements of the space where you will be installing these gates. A common mistake that most homeowners make is simply dashing to the store to buy prefabricated swing gates without having measured the space prior. This makes you susceptible to buying gates that will be either too big or too small for your home’s use. You have to measure the space available for the gate to fit into as well as the space at the front and the back. This way the gates will have enough room when they swing forward or backwards. Consider the materials of the swing gates. Typically, homeowners will gravitate toward wood as this material adds a rustic charm to your outdoors. However, you also have to keep in mind that wood is prone to splintering. In addition to this, wood may not be able to withstand constant exposure to the elements. Instead, you could consider swing gates made from materials such as PVC, vinyl or steel. For more information, contact a fencing...

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Contain Your Chicken with These Electric Fencing Options

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Electric fencing is an excellent fencing system that can handle different tasks. For animals, it’s an excellent choice for sheep, cattle, horses, chickens, and goats, among others. Properly functioning electric fences will deter predators and keep out critters while ensuring your animals are contained safely within the fencing. To ensure effective functioning of your electric fences, you need to have the proper installation setups and styles as well as the maintenance of the fences. Therefore, if you are looking to contain your pastured poultry and free-range chicken, here are excellent options of electric fencing supplies you may want to consider. One/Two-Wire Electric Fences There are different types of electric fences you can use for your chicken, such as the anti-raccoon measure. This simply consists of strands of electric fence wires installed off the ground. Aluminium wires are the best for such purposes because of conductivity. For enhanced efficiency and effectiveness, you can add a second strand. The fence wires will zap predators when they try stepping over. Sometimes your chickens may get past your fence, especially when they run out of feed or if they are fenced tightly. However, these electric fences are suited ideally to giving your chickens a lot of space, which may not be affordable or may be more expensive with other methods. Electrified Net Fencing If you need to keep your chickens tightly fenced or keep stubborn predators at bay, then this is your best option. It comes in rolls as electro-netting or electric garden fencing in varying heights and can be stepped over easily. Unlike hens that may require elbowroom, this type of fencing is more suitable for broilers that don’t use a lot of space and you can simply yard them tightly. Proper maintenance is key with this fencing because when you leave it in the same location for too long, grass will start growing through the bottom wires and removing it can be a daunting task. Combination Fencing This type of fencing involves adding electric wires to your already existing permanent fence on your farm or garden. This will work well and you need to concentrate on the wires closest to the ground. You can also add a single strand at the top for predators that may try climbing. Aluminium wires will work just well but if you want a string trimmer at the bottom to keep weeds at bay, go for heavy galvanised wire. Since the electric wires will require energising, choose powerful AC-powered energisers because the low wires are prone to shorting out against weeds and grass. For this reason, it may take a lot of power to keep them running again and battery-powered energisers or chargers may not be powerful enough to get the job...

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Two Questions To Ask Yourself Before Adding A Privacy Screen To Your Fence

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Everybody likes to enjoy time outside in their back garden during the summer, and you have the anticipation that you will experience privacy while you do so. But if you have just moved into a new home and discovered the existing fencing does not offer you the level of privacy you are used to, you want to rectify this problem fast. Before you get on the phone to your fencing contractor, however, you need to ask yourself two important questions to help you get the perfect privacy screen for your home. Council Regulations The type of privacy screen you can have is going to be partly determined by what the regulations of your new local council say. Councils vary in their regulations about height and material that can be used to make your fencing more private. Brisbane City Council, for example, states that if a fence is under 2 metres high it does not need building approval, but if you go over this height, approval is required. Therefore, if you plan to add height to your existing fence to obtain some privacy, the final height of the fence may cross a building approval line. Phone your local city council or check their website online to find out the exact requirements they have in place regarding fencing alterations and privacy screens. What Are You Trying To Block Out? What you are trying to block out is the next question to answer. For example, if your new home is on a busy street and you want to stop passing traffic and pedestrians from seeing into your yard, this is one issue. However, if the neighbours behind you have a two-story home that looks straight into your back garden, that is a different issue altogether. If you are trying to protect your privacy while you are sunbathing on your patio, and the privacy intrusion is coming from a neighbour in a two-story home, then you need a privacy screen erected close to the patio area. The higher they are, the closer the screen needs to be to your sitting area if you want to effectively block their view. If you are trying to get privacy from passers-by, then you need to make alterations to your existing fencing to shield prying eyes. The second part of the block question is whether you are just looking for visual privacy, or if you want to block out sound as well. When creating a sound barrier, you need to create a solid privacy fence. For example, growing thick, clumping bamboo along your fence line, or adding privacy slats to a chain link fence will give a thick barrier that reduces noise. Alternatively, if noise is not an issue, you can have a more open weave privacy screen such as a trellis. Once you have given some careful thought to making your fence more private, then you can call your fencing contractor to get them on the job before summer comes to an...

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Small Garden? Five Ways to Assign Your Fence Double Duty and Make Your Yard More Functional

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If you are installing a fence around a small garden, consider using your fence for more than just creating a perimeter around your property. Instead, have your fencing contractor modify it so that it fills two purposes at once. Want inspiration? Check out these five ideas for dual purpose fencing in small yards: 1. Rebound Wall A rebound wall features a similar material as a sport court, and it allows you to bounce tennis or racquet balls off it so you can work on your stroke. Ideal when combined with a half court of a sport court, a rebound wall can be built into your wood fence to create an active and fun area without using a lot of space. 2. Movie Screen If you prefer to lounge rather than work out, consider turning part of your fence into a movie screen. Keep in mind that it’s easier to turn a flat panel of a vinyl or PVC fence into a movie screen than the panel of a wood fence with lots of planks and gaps. Alternatively, you can add a retractable film screen to the top of the fence and pull it down as needed, but obviously, you will also need a projector to make this idea work. 3. Game Board Paint or style some of your fence panels to turn them into game boards. If you have an empty lot behind your house, you can have a fence contractor cut holes in your fence and even paint point values near each hole. Then, you can throw balls through them as fun target practice. Alternatively, you could paint games like tic-tac-toe on your fence, and then, add small pegs to each square. To play, you simply hang x’s or o’s with little loops on them on the corresponding squares. With a bit of ingenuity, this tactic works for a range of traditional games including checkers and chess. 4. Vertical Gardens You can even plant a garden against your fence to save room. To create a vertical garden against your fence, you can attach a trellis to it and train climbing plants along the trellis. Alternatively, you can even have your fencing contractor add shelves or planting boxes to the fence itself, and then you can add containers to the shelves or plants and soil to the boxes. 5. Backrest If you are adding living areas to your backyard, consider getting your fence involved for more than just providing privacy. In particular, if you are adding benches next to an outdoor table or in a sitting area, you can build them right into the fence, optimising the fence as a...

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Pool Fencing | Paint Your Metal Pool Fence in 4 Easy Steps

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Pool fencing from a company like Phantom Fencing is an effective way to maintain safety around your pool area. If you have metal pool fences, chances are you’ll need to paint them every once in a while. Metal pool fencing is prone to rusting, so you’ll need to prepare the surface adequately before painting. Once you’re done with these easy steps, your metal pool fencing will look as good as new. Remove Rust from Fence Before setting out to paint a metal fence, you must rid the surface of rust. Outdoor metal is subject to external natural elements that could damage it and make it rusty. Inspect the metal fence for rust. Once you have identified the rusted areas, scrub the area with a solution of vinegar and lemon juice. The acid present in both vinegar and lemon juice will scour through the rust to loosen it from the metal surface. Scrub the area thoroughly with a rough brush to slacken the rust particles. Once you’re done, use a scraper or steel wool to remove the loosened rust from the metal. Keep in mind that this involves a bit of hard work and may take a few attempts before all the rust has been removed. Wash the Fence Once you have used lemon and vinegar, you’ll want to wash the fence thoroughly before applying primer and paint. Prepare a solution of liquid detergent and warm water in a bucket. Dip a rag into this solution and wash the metal pool fencing generously. Rinse off the soap water with a hose and let the fence dry for a few hours. Apply Primer Before applying the paint coats, you will need to apply primer. Primer is a preparatory coat used for creating an adhering layer to let paint rest well on the metal surface and to prevent rust development. Dip a paintbrush into the primer solution and apply it to the fence using even strokes to prevent primer pooling on specific areas. Pay close attention to areas that form streaks or bubbles and smooth it out when the primer is still wet. The primer may need to dry overnight, before the coat of paint is applied. Primer and paint for metal pool fencing can both be purchased from a home improvement store. Apply Paint in your Desired Colour Once the primer has dried, you can paint your metal pool fencing with coats of paint in your desired colour. Apply the paint in the same way you brushed on the primer and look for bubbles and streaking. Wait for the paint to dry for a few hours before applying the second paint coat. You can apply more coats to reach your desired shade. These easy steps will have your metal pool fencing looking fresh and updated in no...

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Factors That Can Influence the Cost of Your Fencing

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Residential fencing contractors not only ensure the profession installation of fencing on your property, but they can also enhance the overall aesthetic appeal of your property. However, the price of getting fencing on your property is not cut and dry. A number of factors could influence the amount of money that you spend both in the short term as well as long-term. It is never advisable to simply guesstimate your expenditure before you have a concise analysis done on your property. Here are some of the factors that can influence the cost of your fencing. What lies beneath Although the majority of your fencing will be above ground, you still need to consider what lies beneath your property, as this could affect the installation of your fence. What the earth on your property comprises can make fence installation either very complicated or quite simple. For instance, properties that consist of either soft soil or clay will require the fencing contractors to dig deeper than normal. In addition to this, more concrete will be required to keep the posts stable. As such, this translates to increased labour costs. Large rocks on the property will also pose a problem, as the contractors will have to excavate them before they can begin their work. The slope of your property Another factor that could increase the price of your fencing project would be the slope of your property. Typically, most residences will have a gradual slope to facilitate the ease of drainage. However, if your home is located on the side of a hill, you will find that this slope is much more pronounced than average. You could also have a large slope if you have embarked on extensive landscaping projects. A slight slope is easy to construct a fence on since it does not need much preparation, thus keeping your costs down. An accentuated slope, on the other hand, will require the fencing contractors to precisely measure the stringers and boards that will be used in accordance to the slope. This takes up much more time and labour, thus increasing the price of the fence. Maintenance of the fence An aspect most homeowners overlook is what will be required to keep the fence in good condition after it has been installed. Choosing to use weather resistance materials from the onset will ensure you keep costs low when it comes to damage from exposure to the elements. However, if you opt for aesthetics rather than functionality, then you will find that you will be paying a lot of money into the repair of your fencing over the...

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Two Tips For Maintaining Your Glass Balustrade Once It’s In Place Around Your Pool

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As a pool owner needing a new fence, it makes perfect sense you are considering glass balustrades to keep your pets and children safe from drowning. Glass balustrades offer the fencing protection required by law but still give you a clear, unobstructed view of your favourite summer activity. As with every fencing option, you need to know what the maintenance requirements are for this type of fence before you install it so you are confident it will get the regular attention it deserves. Here are two helpful pointers you need to know about glass balustrade maintenance. Glass Cleaning When it comes to cleaning your new glass balustrade, this chore is no worse than tackling your dirty glass shower door; however, there are a couple of tips that you can use to make this task easier on yourself: Never clean outside glass when the glass is hot from the midday sun. The detergent you are using will dry onto the glass faster than you can clean it off, and that makes for an exercise in frustration and bad language. Do this job first thing in the morning when the glass is cool. Do not use abrasive cleaners that have small particle grits in them on the glass. These scratch the glass and those tiny scratches become home to extra dirt and dust that lodge in the scratch rather than slide off the glass. Purchase a squeegee with a long handle to help you clean the glass. Squeegees make sure all the rinsing water is removed uniformly so streaks are not left behind on the glass to dry. As well as caring for the glass of your balustrade, you also need to maintain the frame. Frame Cleaning Glass balustrades that have an aluminium frame need extra care, particularly if your home is in a coastal area where the frame is exposed to salty sea air. The salt can lead to corrosion of the frame if it is not regularly maintained. Wash the frame monthly in a coastal area or every three months in other areas. You can use household detergent and cold water for this job. Not only will it keep the frame shiny and looking like new, but it also makes sure any corrosive salt or acid particles are removed before they can begin eating at the metal frame. Finally, make sure you also get a fencing professional back each year to check the structural integrity of the glass and frame. This ensures your product warranty is maintained and you have peace of mind knowing your beautiful new fencing is offering the protection it was designed...

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Swimming Pool Fencing – Important Information For Ex-Pats

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For those immigrating to Australia from countries where the climate is less friendly, an outdoor swimming pool is undoubtedly a feature that holds great appeal when house-hunting.  If you’re new to Oz, you might not know that there are legal requirements concerning residential garden swimming pools, specifically the fencing of them.  But why do you have to have your pool fenced?  And what are these legal requirements? Read on to find out more: The purpose of swimming pool fencing Water holds a fascination for small children, particularly when the weather is hot and sunny.  It’s extremely easy for a little child to fall into a pool, especially an infinity design where the edge is not clearly defined, and drowning accidents are tragically not uncommon.  Swimming pool fencing is designed as a health and safety feature specifically to prevent small children (under five years of age) from accessing the pool unsupervised.   Pool fencing is manufactured to very strict safety standards as it must be durable, sturdy and not easily climbable.  Swimming pool fencing in most countries, including Australia is designed, manufactured and installed according to International Code Councils (ICC) guidelines. Legal requirements for pool fencing Regardless of whether your swimming pool fencing is made of glass or metal, it must comply with the Australian Standard for Swimming Pool Fencing (AS1936).  This applies to privately-owned residential properties and home rentals right across the country.  The key points of the Standard to note are: Pool fencing height must be at least 1200mm from ground level, higher for infinity and drop edge pools There must be a gap of 100mm or less between the fencing panels or at the bottom Gates must swing away from the pool Gates must have child safety latches secured to the side furthest from the pool and must be self-closing No climbable objects must be sited within one metre of the pool fence The fence must be four-sided, not including a building as one side The pool fence must be designed such that a child cannot easily climb over it, or crawl through or under it.  Your swimming pool should be inspected by your local council and a compliance certificate issued.  If you live in Queensland, this is enforceable by law and you have until the end of November 2015 to comply.  Pools must be inspected every two years and a new certificate issued. The laws surrounding pool fencing are somewhat fluid and are subject to ongoing change and updating.  Contact your local fencing contractor or local council for further information and advice to make sure your swimming pool fencing is up to standard. For more answers, try speaking with professionals at a company such as Mermaid Fencing to learn...

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