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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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A Bit More History

22 Sep

Fix GateAs we mentioned in earlier posts, we found an obscure blog site featuring the “history” of fences.  Part One was “A Bit of History“; Part Two was “Even More History” which featured a humorous look at the many meanings of the word “Fence”.  Now it’s time to share a bit more of that information … this portion focuses on the early American settlers.  Interesting!

Private property.  An English observer of farming once said “Give a man the secure possession of a bleak rock, and he will turn it into a garden. Give him a nine years’ lease of a garden and he will convert it into a desert.”  Ownership is different from leasing, and such thinking has, in many ways, defined several societies.

Further, in 7th century England, the King of Wessex added a new function for the fence … the business of protecting crops from cattle, and the land-owner’s responsibilities.  He proclaimed that a homestead must be fenced winter and summer.  If it is not fenced and his neighbor’s cattle get in through his own gap, he has no right to anything from that cattle; he is to drive it out and suffer the damage.

Now, getting back to America, several interesting historical notes.  First, visitors to Jamestown, Virginia in the early 1600s were amazed to see a style fence they had never seen before… a worm fence… logs just laid atop others at an angle eliminating the need for posts of any kind.  It was, of course, something to do with the spare logs yielded when clearing the land, but it was unique.  And then, John Winthrop, the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, justified his enclosure policy saying: “That which lies common, and hath never beene replenished or subdued, is free to any that possess and improve it.”

That idea (though hardly uniquely American) — if it’s unoccupied, it’s free to anyone who will improve it — had enormous implications in the settling of the American west.  In the 1880s, a war of fences flared as settlers arrived in 11 western states between the 100th meridian and the Rockies, only to find that rangers had fenced off huge pasture terrains.  They, the settlers, discovered they could not buy and farm the land, even if it was suitable (water, soil) for farming.  It also affected the migrating Indians who followed the buffalo, the cattle drives of the Texans driving their steers to Kansas markets, sheep vs. cattle people as it influenced water, railroaders whose tracks crossed the cattle ranging, and other settlers in the west.  These “range wars,” roughly from 1875 to 1895 or so, define the Hollywood movie genre of “the western.”

The conflict between the rangers, the cattle drivers, the farmers and the Indians coincided with the boom of barbed wire, invented in 1873 and thriving as a cheap and efficient tool for enclosure.  The range wars were often cited as “fence-cutters war” and it greatly affected the development of those 11 states.

GATE walkwayIf you missed either of our previous posts on the “History of Fence”, be sure to check out the links provided here and get caught up!

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Today’s blog post source:   Fence History

A Bit of History

29 Aug

Ultra Aluminum fenceWe found an old blog site that consisted of all of two articles … both regarding the “history” of fences.  How cool!  We’ve wondered for a long time how fences as we know them today ever came to be, and now (if all of this is actually true), there are answers to our questions!  So for you history buffs, enjoy!

In the beginning – there were no fences

You wouldn’t have thought anyone could really do a “history” of the fence. After all, where does it begin? At the walls of Jericho? With the Chinese wall? From the beginning of man-on-earth?  Well, believe it or not, it’s been studied, and the most interesting writings about it were by Christina Kotchemidova, a professor at New York University, much of which is referenced here.

Dr. Kotchemidova made the point that fences do more than provide a physical function (like keeping someone in or out) — they actually have a cultural function.  In fact, she says that the history of civilization is closely tied with the history of the fence. Human civilization is imagined as emerging from agriculture, family and property.  And all of these evolved with the serious help of the fence.

The fence is identified as a key to understanding the idea of private property.  Fences, she says, define ownership, and societies that did not have individual ownership, such as early European farming, (harvesting, and moving-on societies, and many American native tribes,) did not have fences.  That plant-cut-and-run farming technique, however, was enormously destructive of the land.  The coming of the fence marked the transition from a pattern of one-time looting the land to a pattern of taking care of it and farming it for years.

Some American Indian tribes had man-constructed fences, but only for defense… not ownership.  As a result, they never encircled the Indian camp, but were on one side of the camp, behind which the warriors could shield themselves.  While no one knows the name of the inventor of this technology, philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who writes about social contracts, wrote: “The first man who, having fenced in a piece of land, said ‘This is mine,’ and found people naive enough to believe him, that man was the true founder of civil society.” The fence helped institutionalize one of the most important elements of the social contract – the collective recognition of private property.

Privacy scallopSolidSo there.  The history of the fence reveals it as the beginning of serious farming, conservation, and the beginning of recognizing private property.  (There’s more, which we will share next time!)

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Today’s Blog Post Source:   Fence History

Do-it-yourself fence challenges

15 Aug


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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Happy Campers

30 Jan

ThankYouEveryone enjoys receiving thank you cards and praise on a job well done.  Plus, when you’re looking for a contractor, it’s always good to read reviews and testimonials to be sure a company is a good fit for your project.

With that in mind, we thought we would share a few reviews that have been shared on Angie’s List or with us directly regarding some of the projects Fence City has done the past few years.  If you’re in the suburban Philadelphia area of Pennsylvania and have a fence, hard scaping, or deck project in your future plans, we hope you will remember these notes from “happy campers” and contact us for a free estimate!  (215) 362-8200

Our fence was about 20 years old and falling apart.  The gate was in such bad shape that it couldn’t be closed.  My husband contacted several fence companies, and we decided on Fence City.  The company showed up on the scheduled day, did the work, were considerate of the neighbors, cleaned up after themselves, and did a great job.  The fence looks wonderful.  — Julie S., Glenside PA, July 2013

I chose them after getting several estimates from different fence companies. Their price was right in the middle. Fence City took a little longer than promised to get out here, but we did decide on having a fence built right in the middle of “fence season”. There were some hiccups along the way, but I’m very happy with how things turned out.  — Katherine W., Ridley Park PA, June 2013

They fenced our entire yard with aluminum (looks like wrought iron) fencing for pool protection. This was a very large job.  Fence City came highly recommended to me. They matched my neighbors existing fence. I am very satisfied and they will certainly get any future fencing jobs. — David Y., Bryn Mawr PA,  April 2008

We collected several estimates from different companies, all found on Angie’s List, but felt that Marvin with Fence City was the most knowledgeable. The price was fair, not the highest but not the lowest either. He offered suggestions that no one else did, suggestions on how which fence or application would work best with what we wanted to do. Mother Nature conspired to delay our start date by a few weeks, but once they were able to start the job they stayed until it was finished. Even sitting out a nasty little thunder- storm in their truck until they could finish up the job. We are very pleased with the work they did, the crew was professional and polite, answering our questions whenever we had any. I would definitely recommend them! — Sondra S., Springfield PA,  June 2013

A Fence City rep came promptly and provided a quote on site.  They were ready to come within 2 weeks of the quote.  The workers arrived on time and did a good job on removing the old privacy fence and installing the new split rail one.  They were very quick, the workers were polite, and overall the job was a pleasant experience.  I also felt the price was good and in line with several other quotes. — Jack Z., Yardley PA,  July 2012

Removed and replaced fence with efficiency. Hard workers.  Job well done!  — Anthony P, Lafayette Hill PA, June 2012

ClientPhotoHey, Fence City team, wanted to thank you for the great job by your crew on our fence work.  It looks awesome!   — Allen S.,  Springfield PA,  June 2013

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Storm Damage

18 Jan

Broken fencing

Storms can wreak havoc on wood fences; so what do you do when that happens?  FIRST– assess the damage, not only to the fence, but also to landscaping around it.  For especially bad storms like last week’s hurricane, also check for downed power lines or tree limbs.

Play it SAFE!

If you are repairing damaged fence yourself, always check for downed power lines.  After a “normal” storm, most municipalities take care of the downed lines quickly, but there is always a chance one near your fence hasn’t been reported yet.  In disaster cases such as from Hurricane Sandy, there’s a good possibility that live wires are laying around for even an entire week later.  Do NOT handle any wires that are laying on your fence or on the ground until an electrical technician has deemed them safe to remove.

When working to clear uprooted trees and broken fencing, always wear appropriate safety gear like heavy gloves, boots, pants, knee pads and safety glasses.  Never work alone, especially if using power tools (such as a chain saw).  It’s always good to have a buddy or neighbor help with the clean up in case an accident should happen — trees rarely fall over in the direction you think they will, and you definitely want someone with you to summon help should that chainsaw slip and cut you!  If you’re not experienced with chainsaws, it may be wise to hire a professional (or at least recruit a friend who is).

Again, think safety first!

WINTER fence(originally posted in November 2012 — we thought it a good idea to share again because of the snowstorms and frigid temps and ice we’ve already endured this winter.   If you have some damage to your fence or property, be sure to check out the other articles in this blog post series!)

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DIY Fence Installation

12 Jun

ALUM 2railSome folks like to “do it” themselves,
and installing a back yard fence is no exception.  In addition to delivering and/or installing fence products in
our local tri-county area here in Pennsylvania, Fence City also ships
what you need to install your own fence throughout the East Coast.  In fact,
we just recently received kudos from a customer in Virginia who found that doing it himself wasn’t all that hard after all.

Thanks for the quick response.  I’d like to add that this
was a first-time experience for me.  I had absolutely no background or experience with the assembly or installation of an aluminum fence.  I did quite a bit of research online before ordering from Fence City, and now, after having assembled the fence panels and installed the fence around my pool, I can report that I’m certain that I made the correct choice.  Not only was the assembly and installation fairly easy,  the quality and appearance of the fence is outstanding.  I’ve received many compliments and comments, in fact, it’s usually the first thing people notice and comment on when seeing my pool for the first time —  “Wow —  I’ll bet that fence cost a fortune.”

Now that I know how easy and inexpensive this is, I’ve planned several more fencing projects on my property.  Thanks for providing an excellent product with outstanding service!  —  Stan Wood, Arlington, VA

So if you’re looking into installing fence on your own property, no matter where in the US you may live, check out our online store for detailed descriptions and photos of what is available.  However, if you’re not so sure you are the handy type to do a self install and live in Bucks or Montgomery counties in PA, have us do the installation for you!

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