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Fences for every homestead

23 May

Wood Post and Board Fence. At Fence City, we call this style Queen Anne, 3-rail post-and-board fence.

We hand build this fence on your job. The 4 x 4 pressure-treated posts are set on 8-foot centers, and we nail 3-5/8″ x 6″ pressure-treated decking board horizontally to the post. We then nail a 1″ x 4″ board vertically at each post to hide the seam where the horizontal boards meet at each post.

In this particular fence installation, we put Cedar post caps on each post. It is hard to see in the photograph, but the fence on the left-hand side of the driveway has green vinyl wire to contain the dogs, whereas the installation on the right is strictly for it’s aesthetic look.

For more photographs and information please visit our website, http://www.fencecity.com. If you wish to have our fence installers install this beautiful fence at your home, please use this link to set up a free appointment and to get a quote on your fence installation. https://fencecity.com/fence_installation_appointment_request.asp

If you’re like myself and still use the phone, Ha Ha, our phone number is 215-362-8200. We would be happy to speak to you. Thank you, we look forward to working for you!

 

Fence Funny

10 Feb

In the afterglow of last weekend’s Super Bowl, it just seemed timely to share a Clydesdale video for our “Friday Funny”.  This one, entitled “Fences” is from 2010.  Enjoy!

Farm Fence

And, should your farm animals take inspiration from this video and do some busting out of their own, remember, we carry replacement rails!

Contact Info:   Fence City, 619 Bethlehem Pike (Route 309), Montgomeryville PA 18936  *  215-362-8200  *  www.fencecity.com

Happy Autumn!

16 Oct
Autumn fence beauty

Surrounded by an elegant aluminum fence, your pool can look beautiful in any season!

Most folks think that the spring and summer seasons are the only time you can install fencing here on the East Coast — wrong!  As long as the ground is not frozen, fence can be installed well into the wintertime. In fact, the months of October and November are the perfect time to get new fencing installed, as that tends to be a less busy time for most fence installation companies. Late season rainfall helps keep soil softer and makes digging post holes easier — especially compared to the packed-hard, dry, cracked dirt of July!

So if you have been contemplating getting a new fence on your property — don’t wait till spring — get an estimate now!  The folks here at Fence City would be glad to help — give us a call at (215) 362-8200, stop in our office/showroom at 619 Bethlehem Pike in Montgomeryville PA, or visit our website.

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History of Fence Laws

3 Oct

Ultra aluminum fenceWow, we found even more information that relates to the history of “fences” — if you missed our earlier posts in this series, check out “A Bit of History“.

Today’s history lesson is all about early fencing laws —  how things were done “waaaaay back when”, before the modern-day regulations were established to keep local communities safe when it comes to fencing in your yard or pool.  Read on history buffs!

History of Fence Laws:  In the United States, the earliest settlers claimed land by simply fencing it in.  Later, as the American government formed, unsettled land became technically owned by the government.  Programs to register land ownership developed, usually making raw land available for low prices or for free, if the owner improved the property, including the construction of fences.

Distinctly different land ownership and fencing patterns arose in the eastern and western United States.  Original fence laws on the east coast were based on the British common law system, and rapidly increasing population quickly resulted in laws requiring livestock to be fenced in.  In the west, land ownership patterns and policies reflected a strong influence of Spanish law and tradition, plus the vast land area involved made extensive fencing impractical until mandated by a growing population and conflicts between landowners.

The “open range” tradition of requiring landowners to fence out unwanted livestock was dominant in most of the rural west until very late in the 20th century, and even today, a few isolated regions of the west still have open range statutes on the books.  Today, across the nation, each state is free to develop its own laws regarding fences.  In most cases for both rural and urban property owners, the laws are designed to require adjacent landowners to share the responsibility for maintaining a common boundary fenceline, and the fence is generally constructed on the surveyed property line as precisely as possible.

PRIV domeSolidOur staff is knowledgeable in today’s fencing laws, otherwise known as local township codes, and can help direct you to the proper authorities to ensure your fence project is OK.  (You’ll want to double check with your township BEFORE installing fence.)

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Do-it-yourself fence challenges

15 Aug

DIY

Almost everyone who has ever tried a Do-it-Yourself project has a story to tell … and a few extra parts that somehow didn’t make it into the final assembly!

While it can be funny to share the stories once everything is completed, it’s frustrating to reach a point in a project where work has to stop to purchase additional tools or parts — or worse — work has to be undone to correct a mistake.

Tackling the job of installing your own fence might not seem terribly complicated, but there are a number of potential pitfalls to try to avoid.

Purchasing a fence as a Do-It-Yourself project requires the selection of many related items.  All of the items must be related in order for the project to be completed successfully.  All fence sections must be the same sizes, styles, and colors.  Fence posts must match in size, style, and color as well; however, keep in mind that corner posts and end posts have different configurations than line posts.  (Gates and gate hardware have the same requirements.)

Some fences have style options to be included, such as finials, decorative caps, privacy inserts, arbors and more.  Additional materials are often chosen to improve fence function, such as vinyl coated wire (popular with post and rail), electric wire (for livestock), razorwire (for security), and automatic closures (for convenience).

Homeowners often purchase fences to enclose a pool and to comply with local safety code requirements.  Unfortunately, some do-it-yourself homeowners have completed an installation only to find that their fence fails to meet the pool safety codes standards.

Retailers who offer fence materials for sale should be aware that their buyers would benefit from expert assistance as they shop for the items they need to complete their project. While most retailers group their items into logical areas (whether in the store, or online), so that similar items are visible to their buyers, this assumes each buyer has a full understanding of what they need.

We believe there is a better way to present the information about fences, where that expertise is built in to the system. Let our expertise help guide you so that your project can be a success. We hope you find our Fence City website provides information quickly — and that your experience with us is a happy one!

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Pool Safety: Swimming Lessons

31 Jul

POOL Ultra PrivacyWe shared a post on Pool Safety earlier this summer, and now we found another interesting point to mention — most folks don’t know how to swim!  This is a major safety factor when it comes to having a backyard pool or if visiting a community pool.

If you have been swimming for a long time you may not remember the fear of going into the water.  Stats show that more than half of US adults don’t know how to swim, and the current stats for kids is staggering:  70% of African American children, 60% of Latino children and 40% of Caucasian children have low or no swimming ability. (www.usaswimming.org)

With summer approaching, young and old alike should gather courage and take the plunge.  There are many qualified, affordable professionals in our backyard that would be happy to teach you.  Age is not a factor!  Learning how to maneuver off the mainland can save your life, and you might save someone else’s.  —  Sharyl Volpe, Living Local magazine, May 2013

As the author of this little blurb mentions, there are many local places that offer swim lessons (the YMCA, for example).  Taking lessons as a family is certainly a fun adventure for kids and parents alike, and is a “must” if you have your own pool and actually don’t know how to swim.   And as the summer winds down and chilly temperatures settle in, taking lessons at the local Y extends your swimming fun – indoors!

POOL Ultra3rail SpearsAs mentioned in our Pool Safety: Gadgets post, knowing CPR or having a pool sensor alarm are also good things to consider for keeping your family and pets safe around water.

POOL Ultra Aluminum Closeup

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Pool Safety

1 Jul

Ultra aluminum_GlassRailPool, click to enlarge

With the upcoming holiday weekend and, for most folks, the first blast of summer swimming pool season — it just seemed appropriate to share our post from last summer — again.  Enjoy your pool, but by all means, play safely!

No one can argue with the monumental importance of pool safety — but even with tighter community regulations and technological advances in safety products, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that over 300 children under the age of five drown in residential pools each year nationwide.  In order for you to keep the ones you love safe and sound, experts agree that implementing multiple layers of protection is one of the best ways to create a comprehensive safety plan for your pool.

Ultra aluminum, click to enlargePVC Gothic capsUltra_PoolCornerThe first product most people consider installing is a pool fence.  The CPSC defines a successful pool barrier as one that prevents a child from getting over, under, or through and keeps the child from gaining access to the pool except when supervising adults are present.  One that completely contains the pool is thought to be the best protection.  Ultra_PoolGate

Township safety codes vary across the region, but general guidelines require a fence to be at least four feet high around the pool or property, with a 54-inch tall gate that includes a spring-loaded latch.  The gate must open away from the pool, as a child’s instinct is to push on the gate.  Whether it’s wood, vinyl, or aluminum, a pool fence can be safe and something that enhances your landscape.

Beyond going to great lengths to physically secure your pool, you can have an additional layer of emergency training by learning CPR.  Check with your area hospital to become certified, a process that only takes a few hours to learn but could save a life.  While all the latest techie gadgets (such as a pool-motion alarm) or a secure fence can beef up your pool safety, nothing takes the place of being within arms’ reach of your children in the pool — and knowing where they are at all times.  Alarms, a high fence, swim lessons, and parental supervision all add up to pool safety.

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Pool Safety: Gadgets,
Pool Safety: Swimming Lessons

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Source:  Suburban Home & Garden Resource Guide, July 2007

The Colors of Fence

10 Aug

Choosing The Right Color For Your Fence

This article was originally posted as a reference to wooden fencing by FenceSupplySource.com, a New Jersey Fence Installation and Repair Company.  We’ve added a few thoughts, comments, and photos of our own to include aluminum and PVC fence products as well.

Since fences come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, it’s important to choose a color that not only compliments your home but also looks great in all weather.  Below are the top colors for all fence styles and typical reasons why…

PVC Gothic capsWhite

The traditional white picket fence has been seen as far back as the 1950’s in television shows. White was chosen back then because it was an easy color to get your hands on at the time (many primers were just white). As many of you know, the best thing about the color white is that it goes with everything.

The biggest drawback to painting a fence white is that when it gets dirty or scuffed, it can easily be noticed by others.

ALUM 2railBlack

Black is definitely the most popular color choice for aluminum fences, especially here in the PA suburbs of Philadelphia.  Although close-knit housing developments prefer white privacy fences, the more affluent single homes around here are typically surrounded by ornamental black aluminum.

Black aluminum fences come in a variety of styles, from plain-and-simple to extremely ornate.  Similar to the comments made about white, a black fence also “goes with” everything — however, when it gets dirty, you really don’t notice it.

PRIV LatticeBBrown

Brown or stained brown is one of the most popular colors for wooden fences, many of which are already brown.  Because shades of brown are now trendy color choices, you’ll find that both aluminum and vinyl fencing are available in a variety of beige and bronze options.

FENCE_PVCprivacy_solidGreyWhat is great about brown as a color for a fence is that it blends in to wooded areas very nicely. So if you live by the woods or in an area that has a lot of trees, you may want to compliment your property by installing a wooden fence and possibly staining it a brown color.

Red

Lastly, red is one of the most popular colors we see for wooden picket fences in New Jersey. This may be surprising for many, but newer, more modern homes are opting to use their fence as a way to draw the eye in to the home. Red is to fences as yellow is to Lamborghinis.  🙂

FENCE_Aluminum_circlesConclusion

Now that you know a bit more about which colors are best for fences, which color are you going to choose?

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Dog-eared: Not always a bad thing!

30 Jun

Floyd n BruteyWhen you think of the term “dog-eared”, you might envision the family pet Fido, but most likely you will relate it to the ratty condition of a book:

“A dog ear is a phrase that refers to the folded down corner of a book page. The name arises from the fact that wolves’ ears stand erect while the ears of many breeds of dog flop over.  A dog ear can serve as a bookmark.  While generally frowned upon by those that want to preserve books in their original condition, it is particularly common in use on paperbacks which are designed to be cheaper and more harshly used than hardcovers. Sometimes, it is also used to keep sheets of paper together, in the absence of a stapler or paper clip.  The phrase dates back at least to the late 18th century.”

Picket DogEarBut when WE refer to “dog-eared”, it is a quaint style of fencing, often used in wooden fences, but also available in PVC Vinyl.  Dog-ear fences are popular choices in privacy fencing, and also as a rustic-looking, country-style picket fence.

PVC Gothic capsSo although a dog-eared book will get you in trouble with the local librarian, your neighbors and friends can well appreciate how nice your property looks with a dog-eared fence!  And so ends today’s lesson; however if you enjoy learning more word definitions or reading obscure tidbits of fence history, check out the links to some of our other posts below!

PicketSpace72If this style of fence appeals to you, by all means, get in contact with us for a free estimate — we provide professional installation and sell product for do-it-yourselfers.  (Montgomeryville PA)  215-362-8200

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The Meaning of Fence

28 May

Fencing Comic2Just for curiosity sake, we looked up the definition of the word “fence”.  Of course, most of the meanings behind the word revolve around the protective structures we know and love here at Fence City.  But we really have to wonder how, over the many years of time, did the word ever take on meanings that relate to stolen goods?  And, like the chicken-or-the-egg-which-came-first debate, we wonder if our definition of fence came before or after that of fighting with swords? 🙂

CLOSEUP estateFENCE
fens/
noun:  fence; plural noun:  fences
  1. a barrier, railing, or other upright structure, typically of wood or wire, enclosing an area of ground to mark a boundary, control access, or prevent escape.
    synonyms:  barrier, fencing, enclosure, barricade, stockade, palisade, fenceline, railing
    • a large upright obstacle used in equestrian jumping events.
  2. a guard or guide on a plane, saw, or other tool.
  3. informal:  a person who deals in stolen goods.
    synonyms:  receiver of stolen goods, dealer.  “a fence dealing mainly in jewelry”
FENCE_PVCfancyverb: fence; 3rd person present: fences; past tense: fenced; past participle: fenced; gerund or present participle: fencing
  1. surround or protect with a fence.
    “our garden was not fully fenced”
    synonyms:  enclose, surround, circumscribe, encircle, circle, encompass
    • enclose or separate with a fence for protection or to prevent escape.
      “everything is fenced in to keep out the wolves”
      synonyms:  confine, pen in, coop up, shut in, separate off, corral
      “he fenced in his chickens”
    • use a barrier to exclude someone or something.
      “Idaho law requires people to fence out cows”
  2. informal:  deal in (stolen goods).
    “after stealing your ring, he didn’t even know how to fence it”
  3. fight with swords, especially as a sport.
    1. conduct a discussion or argument in such a way as to avoid the direct mention of something.
      “we were fencing, not talking about the subject we’d come to talk about”

Finding out the history behind or meaning of everyday items can be interesting — hopefully you find it so today!  If you did, then feel free to check out some of our other articles (listed below).  And, when you’re looking to pawn your grandmother’s family heirloom, don’t call us — but if your neighbor is looking to replace that tumble-down privacy fence that’s bothered you for years, we hope you will send him our way!

LOGO patrioticFence City
619 Bethlehem Pike, Montgomeryville PA 18936
www.fencecity.com    215-362-8200

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