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How To Replace A Broken Wooden Fence Post With A Durable Metal Post

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Replace A Broken Wooden Fence Post With A Durable Metal Post

Privacy fences are typically built with 4-by-4 wood posts set in poured concrete foundations. While this design works well for fences in dry, insect-free locations, it can be problematic if the fence is exposed to constant moisture or wood-eating insects. The wooden posts eventually rot and break apart near the ground, leaving homeowners with a partially-collapsed fence that will ultimately fail. If your wooden fence post has broken, you can solve the problem by using a metal fence pole to anchor your fence. Below is a list of tools and materials needed, as well as a step-by-step procedure for the job: What you will need 2-⅜ inch diameter galvanized fence post, 8-foot length 2-⅜ inch diameter galvanized fence post cap Galvanized fence post straps 2-inch by 4-inch pine board 10d nails, 3-inch length Crowbar Gloves Stump remover Claw hammer Box level Lightweight rope and wooden stakes Hack saw Power saw or crosscut saw 50-pound bag of ready-to-use concrete mix Thin piece of scrap lumber Wheelbarrow Garden hose Shovel Measuring tape Wood screws Electric drill with screw-driving bit Step-by-step procedure 1. Remove the wooden post – With a screwdriver and claw hammer, remove the top portion of the broken fence post from the fence. The post may only be attached with screws or nails, or you may need to remove straps, as well. The next step is to remove the bottom of the post from its concrete encasement. Depending upon the degree of wood rot and decay present, this process can take a few minutes or much longer. If the wood is still in fairly good condition, apply stump remover to the top of the broken area of the post and allow it to soften the post for a few weeks before attempting to remove it. Once the fence post is soft enough to readily chip apart, use a crowbar to dig into the post and break it into large vertical splinters. Be sure to wear gloves while performing the removal to prevent injuring your hands. Remove all of the wood from the concrete, so the only thing remaining is a box-shaped hole. 3. Prepare and place the concrete form – After the old fence post is removed, the next step is to build a form to encase part of the new post. Measure and cut four pieces of 2-by-4 lumber to a length of ten inches each. Next, arrange the four pieces so they form a rectangular frame, and nail them together with 10d nails. Clear away any grass or dirt covering the existing post foundation, and center the frame over the hole where you removed the old post. 4. Insert and tie down the metal post – Once you have the concrete form in place over the hole in the foundation, insert the metal post into the hole, then loosely tie it down using four pieces of rope and wooden stakes. Use a level to measure and adjust the post so it is perfectly plumb and centered inside the hole. Tighten up the ropes attached to the stakes once the post is in position. 5. Mix and pour the concrete – After you place the post in the desired position, pour the contents of a 50-pound bag of ready-to-mix concrete into a wheelbarrow and add water while stirring...

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Three Unique Types Of Privacy Fences To Consider For Your Yard

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Unique Types Of Privacy Fences To Consider For Your Yard

When most people think of privacy fences, they think of tall, solid fences made from either wood or vinyl. However, these are far from your only choices when it comes to privacy fencing. If you’re considering enclosing your yard in a fence that effectively blocks the view of neighbors, then keep these more unique options in mind. Fold-Out Privacy Fences If you don’t want to go through the hassle of building a fence in your backyard, then this option might be perfect for you. Fold-out privacy fences are exactly what they sound like: fence panels joined together by hinges, so you can fold them up on each other for storage, or stretch them out to form a long section of fence. Typically, this option works best when you only need a short segment of fence — for instance, if you only want to put a fence along one side of your property to deter an overly nosy neighbor. You could enclose each side of your yard with a separate section of fold-out fence, but this would likely be a hassle. The advantage of this style of fence is that there is no actual building involved. You just purchase a section of fence from a local home improvement store or fencing company, have it delivered, and stretch it out. Usually, stretching out the fence is an easy task that requires little to no home improvement skill. The downside to this option is that fold-out fences are not always very sturdy. They may not stand up well in areas with heavy snowfall, and they don’t provide security — just visual privacy — because of their “flimsy” nature. Living Bamboo Fences If you value green living and natural materials, then a living bamboo fence might prove to be the perfect privacy barrier for your yard. Living bamboo fences are comprised of several rows of planted bamboo. Since bamboo grows quite tall and thick, it does a good job of blocking the view into your yard once established. The advantage of living bamboo fencing is that it is a very eco-friendly choice. Not only does it not require the release of any chemical pollutants to manufacture, but it actually puts oxygen back into the environment as it is a living plant. A living bamboo fence will likely be the talk of your neighborhood, since it has such a unique appearance. The downfall of bamboo fences is that they take about 3 years to become established and suitably thick. If you’re looking for a fence that can offer complete privacy tomorrow, this is not the best choice. Living bamboo fences also require a lot of regular maintenance, including trimming and fertilization. Trellis Fences Another unique, eco-friendly option is to build a trellis-like wooden or vinyl fence, and then plant plants to grow up it and make it more “solid” by filling the spaces with their greenery. A trellis fence is likely to be less costly than a solid wood or vinyl fence, since it uses less material. An advantage of a trellis fence is that it will release valuable oxygen back into the atmosphere while also adding greenery to your backyard. If you choose a fast-growing climbing plant, such as morning glories, passion flowers, or mile-a-minute plant, you could have a solid fence that...

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5 Reasons To Choose Iron Fencing For The Interior Of Your Home

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Reasons To Choose Iron Fencing For The Interior Of Your Home

Iron fencing is typically installed on the exterior of a home as a great way to offer privacy, property borders, and curb appeal. The same high-quality fencing can also be used on the interior of your home. For both decorations and practical use, iron fencing has a lot of applications inside the home. If you love the look of iron gates and fences, then consider how you can expand the use inside your home. Check it out below! Pet Areas Dogs and cats can often be too rowdy to let them roam free in the home. Instead of using baby gates or something that is sore to the eyes, you can install iron gates and fencing to help designate pet areas. For example, if you want a small pen for your animal in the basement for when you’re not home, iron fences can provide a sturdy surrounding area. The fences are stable, easy to clean, and can have decorative features. Small iron gates can be added between rooms. For example, you can set a gate between the kitchen and living room to keep a dog out of the kitchen. Stair Cases Traditional stair cases usually feature wooden rails. Add some style to your staircase with iron fences. There are a lot of customization options you can add to iron stair railings. The iron posts between the rails can be finished with a number of designs and decorations including curved patterns or custom letters. The finials on the rail are the top caps of each iron bar. They can be evened off for easy grip or feature round designs to grab on your down or up the stairs. Interior Balconies Similar to stair rails, interior balconies often have a viewing rail that looks over an open room like a living room. The rails on these balconies can be crafted in an iron design. Depending on the decor of your home, there are a number of different styles you can choose from for the balcony. One of your options for this is the color. A majority of iron fences are made with a black finish, but you can select from a bronze or white finish to help match other finishes in the home. Basement & Closet Areas Help protect areas of your home from children or snoops. By installing an iron door on basement or closet areas, you can have a more stable door in your home. The iron door is hard to break down and can help keep valuables safe with the addition of a secure lock. For bedrooms, an iron door on your closet can help protect guns and jewelry while adding a decorative touch to the room. Display Areas & Media Cases For media cases in your home, you want to have the ability to see books and DVDs, but also the protection to keep all the items secure. This is where a beautiful iron fence comes in. Custom designed iron fences can be installed on a living room display case. The spaces between the iron bars allow you to easily see through to the display case while giving you the ability to lock and secure everything inside. Along with media cases, the iron fences can be used to block off a display area in your home. Exterior...

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Treatment Options For Adults With Lazy Eye

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Treatment Options For Adults With Lazy Eye

Lazy eye is when a person’s eyes don’t work together. One of the eyes does not pull its weight when looking at an image and deciphering its meaning, causing the other eye to become strained. This is because the eye that is not functioning well does not allow for any clarity of vision. This problem is most common in small children whose visual systems are still developing. However, if lazy eye is not diagnosed until a child is in his or her teens or an adult, then corrective treatment will need to be prescribed. Here are some options for treatment when helping an adult with lazy eye. 1. Corrective Lenses The first step is always to try corrective lenses because these are the least time consuming option and allow teens and adults to operate normally in the world almost immediately. In order to get the proper corrective lenses, you will have to go in for an eye exam in order for an eye doctor to assess your prognosis. He or she will likely put you through a range of lenses in order to see if any of them are able to correct your lazy eye.  If any of them work, your eye doctor will talk to you about possibly patching the eye. If your job requires you to look professional, chances are good that you are not going to want to wear a patch. You need to be able to reduce the ability of your eye that works to help out your other eye. This can be accomplished, for adults, through wearing prescription sunglasses all the time, with the part of the glasses that is covering the good eye painted black. This will allow you to maintain your position at work and still force your lazy eye to get stronger.  Your eye doctor will be able to provide your employer with a note if you need one in order to be allowed to wear sunglasses all the time. 2. Eye Training Computer Programs Another option is to use eye training computer programs in order to force both of your eyes to work together. This is the second option because it requires much more time and effort than simply wearing glasses that have been blacked out. These computer programs essentially consist of a patient sitting in front of a screen being shown different images that are farther apart. The images are mirrored so that the eye that is not working properly needs to strain to see its own half of the image before the brain is able to decode it.  Many people go through these training programs every week for a few months. They are usually done in an eye doctor’s office. For more information, talk to your eye...

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What Should You Do If A Plumbing Emergency Occurs?

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Should You Do If A Plumbing Emergency Occurs?

Different plumbing emergencies call for different procedures that must be done until an emergency plumber can reach your home. These actions may save your home from additional water damage, or you may even save your life and the lives of your family. Emergency plumbing services will be needed for events such as: Burst or leaking supply pipes If a supply pipe has burst from freezing temperatures or just old age and corrosion, water will gush from the opening. A leaking supply pipe may drip steadily or run in a steady stream from the pipe.  Either event will require that the water valve that supplies the pipe be turned off. Supply pipes are pressurized and the flow of leaking water will remain steady or increase unless this is done. If the pipe isn’t attached  to a turn off valve, you will need to turn off the main valve that supplies water to the entire home. If the water is not spraying or running out of the pipe forcefully, you may choose to fill the bathtub with water to use for flushing toilets before you turn off the main valve. If you don’t have bottled water, you may also choose to fill suitable containers with water for drinking until an emergency plumber is available. The main valve will be located on a wall near the location of your water meter. Shut it off by turning it clockwise until it cannot be turned. Clogged drain A plunger or drain cleaner may be used to try to clear a stopped drain, but the plunger should be used before, not after, the drain cleaner. Using a plunger will cause backed up water to splash into the air, and if drain cleaner is mixed into the water, it may burn eyes or skin. If you have a clogged drain that can’t be cleared using a plunger or drain cleaner, don’t use cleaning agents to clean the sink or tub after drain cleaner has been added. Caustic chemicals used for cleaning drains can form toxic gases when mixed with some cleaning agents. These gases can overwhelm and kill anyone in close proximity to the source of the chemical reaction. Keep children and animals away from sinks or tubs in which drain cleaners were used. If the blockage is severe, some of the drain cleaner may rise above the drain and into the sink or tub. Drain cleaning chemicals should not be used in toilets, because they will compromise the integrity of the wax seal that keeps your toilet from leaking from the bottom. Caustic chemicals can also splash onto skin or into eyes when plungers are used to clear toilet blockages.  Leaking hot water tank If your hot water tank is leaking form the bottom, it may be rusted out and need to be replaced. The water supply valve atop the water heater must be turned off or water will continue to run from the tank even after it is empty. There are two valves atop the tank. One controls the flow of cold water into the tank and the other controls the flow of hot water out of the tank. Turn both of them off because you won’t be able to use the hot water without pressure. There is a clean out hose connection on...

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The Fence: Tips on How to Safely Keep Animals out of Your Pool

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Fence: Tips on How to Safely Keep Animals out of Your Pool

When it comes to pools, most homeowners consider the safety of children throughout the neighborhood and decide whether or not they need to install a pool fence. However, do you realize that animals are also drawn to pools and risk drowning? Installing a pool fence could prevent you from waking up to an unpleasant scene in your backyard. Here are some safety tips for building a pool fence for animal safety. Build a Separate Pool Fence All homes that have pools are required to have a 4 foot (or higher) fence. However, many homeowners use their backyard fence to pass that regulation. While the fence between you and your neighbor provides some animal safety, your pets still have easy access to the pool. One of these options should be incorporated into your backyard for added safety: Build Around the Pool’s Perimeter: If you purchase a glass or mesh pool fence, this is probably the option you’ll use. These fences allow you to see into the pool area but don’t interfere with your yard’s landscaping. The fence easily blends into your backyard and separates as little yard space as possible so your pets have a lot of room to run and play. Divide Your Yard: This option is nice if you want to use the same fencing materials as the rest of your yard. You can purchase the same supplies and maintain both fences simultaneously. When you divide your yard, you have a separate place for hosting parties. The pet area is also clearly defined and your animals know that the pool is off-limits. Don’t Use a Climbable Material Your neighbor’s pets and your own are pretty safe with a separate pool fence, but you also need to consider how wild animals gain access to your pool. Some fencing materials are more suited to keeping wild animals out than others. The best thing to do is find a fence that is difficult to climb. Compare the strengths and weaknesses of each of these fences to determine what suits you best: Glass Fencing: Glass is stunning, durable, and fairly secure. Since glass panels extend all the way to the ground, even small animals such as frogs, snakes, and mice have a difficult time accessing your pool. The drawback for this fence is that building supplies are the most expensive and the glass has to be constantly cleaned. Mesh Fencing: Mesh fences are designed for pool safety. They extend low to the ground and the mesh is difficult for animals to climb. The material isn’t stiff, so animals have a hard time pulling themselves up on the mesh. The main drawback with mesh is that most of the fence needs to be installed on a solid surface such as concrete or brick. Aluminum: Aluminum fences look elegant around pools. However, they can be climbed by wild animals such as raccoons and large rodents who might be able to use the horizontal rails like steps. If you do go with this option for its aesthetic appeal, don’t space vertical rails more than 2 inches apart or animals will be able to fit through the bars. Vinyl: Vinyl fencing uses low-maintenance supplies (it won’t rust or corrode despite its proximity to water and chlorine). Use caution with this option, however, because animals can climb...

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Getting The Most Out Of Your Chain Link Fence: Create A Privacy Fence And Vertical Garden With Vining Veggies

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Getting The Most Out Of Your Chain Link Fence: Create A Privacy Fence And Vertical Garden With Vining Veggies

If you are installing a chain link fence around your property, you may think all you have to look forward to is a bare fence to separate your yard from your neighbor’s yard. The truth is you can use your chain link fence for growing fresh vegetables for your family. Grow these vining veggies to transform your chain link fence into a privacy fence and put fresh food on the table, too. Peas Peas are a natural for chain ink fences, as the tiny tendrils cling to the wire mesh as the plants climb upward. The medium green foliage provides a wall of green while plump pods offer a tasty treat. Plant peas in the spring as soon as the soil can be worked.  For best results, plant tall varieties, such as tall telephone peas or climbing snap or snow peas and plant them directly in front of the fence. For variety try ‘Golden Sweet’ snow peas that produce an abundance of flat, gold pods or tuck in some purple sugar snap peas that are eaten pod and all. Pole Beans Pole beans create a wall of lush green that stays green all summer while producing an abundance of slender pods. These come in green, yellow and purple varieties, making them perfect for adding a splash of color to the yard. Kids (and adults) love picking fresh beans right from the vine as a nutritious and tasty snack, but you’ll love this versatile veggie on the table, too. Plant pole beans along the front of the fence after the weather has warmed in the spring and all danger of frost has passed in your area. Try scarlet runner beans with their scarlet blooms to attract both hummingbirds and butterflies while and in bloom and provide you with tasty green beans, too. Cucumbers Cucumber plants produce large, sprawling vines that will eagerly climb your chain link fence with a little guidance from you. When planted in the spring after the danger of frost has passed cucumbers will blanket the fence with green by early to midsummer. Ripening fruits grow long and straight as they are held vertically above the ground. Try a variety of cucumbers, such as picklers, slicers and other specialty cukes to add variety to your diet and visual interest to your vertical garden. Add Mexican sour gherkins for a touch of whimsy. They are closely related to cucumbers and produce fruits that look like miniature watermelons. Other unusual varieties include white and lemon cucumbers. Gently guide the vines to the fence and attach them with a soft cloth or plant tie to get them started up the fence. Squash Squash plants produce massive vines with large, showy leaves and make a dramatic display on a fence. Like cucumber vines, the squash vines may need some guidance in the beginning but once they get the idea, they will eagerly cling to the fence as they grow. Squash plants that produce large or heavy fruits will need some support for the fruit, as the weight may damage the vines. Use a sling of soft material to cradle the fruit and tie the ends to the fence. Make sure the sling is loose enough to allow the squash to grow to maturity. You can use old t-shirt material, cheesecloth or...

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Backyard Animal Safety: Protect Your Pets From Harm By Choosing The Best Fence

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Backyard Animal Safety: Protect Your Pets From Harm By Choosing The Best Fence

If you live on a property that must be fenced to contain a dog, horse, or goat, you will need to follow certain precautions to make sure that the fence you choose to protect your pet does not end up becoming a danger to them. As you talk to a fence contractor about the different types of fences for your yard, you will likely be surprised at the wide variety of options. It’s important to know what kinds of fences are the most hazardous to your animals before making a choice.  Horses For horses, it’s important to stay away from wire fences. Even though wire fences are often the most cost effective, they can be harmful to your horse if it ever becomes entangled in the wire, even if the fence is not barbed. Cable fences are a better choice– as these are much less likely to loosen over time. Just be aware that if a cable fence does become loose because of poor maintenance, the steel cables are strong enough to actually amputate a limb from a horse or a smaller animal. Wooden or metal pole fences are usually the best solutions for building paddocks.  Dogs Many owners consider installing “invisible” fences for their dogs. A shock collar prevents the dog from stepping outside the border. However, while these fences can be effective for teaching your dog to stay close to home without ruining the aesthetics of the yard, they have some drawbacks. Invisible fences do not prevent: other dogs entering the property to be with your dog. strangers entering the property who could kidnap or injure your dog a shock if your dog did leave the property and tries to return home without being harmed. Some researchers believe that shock as a method of behavior control can bring out undesirable traits in a dog, including increased aggression and a fear-based training mentality that does not improve the dog’s confidence or personality. So, if you decide to avoid the drawbacks of an invisible fence, you then need to decide which fences will work better. Most residential fences will do a good job of containing a dog– wooden fences, iron fences, or basic chain link are all effective. However, before choosing your fence, be sure to note the size of breed. Gaps in fences can lead to problems if dogs try to squeeze through and cannot free themselves.  Goats Goats are the Houdinis of the animal world. They are excellent at finding weak points in fences, and if they learn one method of escape, they are likely to try that same method again. Therefore, a fence for a goat must be more tightly secure than those for other animals. In the case of goats, a close-set, wire-based fence is the best option. Chain link is stiff, easy to install and virtually impenetrable by stealthy, sneaky goats, although other fencing, like those made from wires squares, will also work very well.  Having only very small gaps in fencing is important because goats will try to squeeze through gaps in fences, leading to their heads getting stuck and potentially causing wounds around the neck and forelegs. The ideal gap size is a 4-inch square. 6-inch squares cause strangulation. However, a 12-inch square can work for adult goats; this gap is too small for escape,...

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