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Split Rail Wood Fences in American History

September 14th, 2012

Split Rail Wood FencesSplit rail wood fences have a rich history and play a fascinating role in the American story.

To many American artists, the split rail fence design is the perfect symbol for the West’s transformation from open cowboy country to farmland.

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With Picket Fencing You Can Keep Up with the Joneses

September 11th, 2012

Vinyl Picket FencingAmong fence design options, the white picket fence is a darling with a pedigree. It appears in classic American works of literature, such as Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer. It’s mentioned in dozens of songs, including Billy Collins’ “The History Teacher” and Five for Fighting’s “White Picket Fence.”  And the dream of white picket fencing comes up in dozens of films, from “Big Fish” to “My Own Private Idaho”; most frequently it connotes a suburban, comfortable, established lifestyle.

One could even argue that the white picket fence design is a key ingredient in that collective meme known as the American Dream. The promise of America – that a “nobody” can become a “somebody” with hard work, creativity and honor – implies that there will come a time when you can afford to have the neat, beautiful home – and the white picket fencing that goes with it. This can be a powerful motivator for those of us in the workforce.

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Don’t Become Unhinged When Your Chain Link Gate Won’t Close

August 21st, 2012

Chain Link FenceCertain chain link gate clasps are liable to become sticky or even non-operational over time. Oftentimes, when a chain link gate won’t close, it’s not a problem with the fence design – it has more to do with the passage of time.

As days and nights of extreme temperature change pass, the soil around the gate posts shifts, moving the posts into slightly different positions. This isn’t a problem for “drop fork” latches, which feature a simple u-shape that drops down into place around the closing post. However, for latches with doorknob-style handles, and for latches that feature a bar that strikes closed, this shifting soil can be enough to throw off the vertical alignment of the gate posts, making it difficult or even impossible to close the chain link gate.

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Unfounded Fears about PVC Fence Installation

August 15th, 2012

Vinyl FencingEvery culture has its own bogeyman. In Norway, for instance, children hear of the Nokken, a lake monster that attacks those who don’t come in when called. Over time, people of all cultures learn to distinguish these mythical fears from actual threats. However, in our experience as PVC fence installation experts, we can vouch that many people still believe in the bogeyman when it comes to PVC (AKA vinyl) fence installation.

Oregon and Washington residents have told us all manner of fears regarding this somewhat new-fangled fencing material. But before we dive into those lingering doubts, let’s speak the truth about PVC fence materials. PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) is a form of plastic that’s also used in plumbing – that should give some indication of how tough this stuff is. PVC will not rot or otherwise succumb to the weather, so the only maintenance it demands is an occasional squirt with the hose or wipe down with soap and water in order to remove surface dirt.

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How to Customize Your Privacy Fence

August 2nd, 2012

Customize Your Privacy FenceHere in the great Pacific Northwest, we’re used to working with people who march to the beat of their own drum. More and more, we see homeowners who want to make their homes stand out from the rest with a custom fence design that’s unique to them.

There are many cookie-cutter fence styles to choose from, but our favorite projects are the ones where we’re asked to get creative and dream up a fence design we’ve never built before. All it takes to create a personalized custom fence is a little imagination and a willingness to think outside the box.

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Fence Design: New Trends in Privacy Fencing

August 2nd, 2012

Vinyl  Privacy FencePrivacy fencing is usually based on a utilitarian fence design, but it doesn’t have to be. Like everything else in fence design, privacy fencing is constantly changing, and today’s consumers have a few new options to consider, such as a vinyl privacy fence installation (as opposed to installing a typical wood privacy fence). Below we explore innovations in privacy fence design.

1. Living Privacy Fencing

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Your New Cedar Fence: Vancouver Building and Development Permit Rules

July 25th, 2012

FENCEBefore building a cedar fence, Vancouver residents must make sure the design complies with the city’s building and zoning codes. While you don’t need a permit for a fence design that is 5-6 feet in height or shorter, there are different requirements for residential, commercial and industrial zones. Here’s a look at some of the guidelines:

Residential Zones

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City Permit Inspectors: What to Know and How to Prepare

June 26th, 2012

Fence (in progress)

If you’re planning to build a fence that is taller than 6 feet – or a deck that sits more than 30 inches above the ground – your project will require a visit from the city inspector. If you’re new to the inspection process, the following will help you understand how to prepare for the visit, what to expect and how to accelerate the whole procedure. This kind of preparation work will help minimize building delays. Whether you’re planning an alteration to your current fence design or you’re hoping for a brand-new wood or vinyl fence installation, read on to discover helpful tips regarding the city permit inspection process. Read the rest of this entry »

Portland, Vancouver Residents Weigh Need for Water Feature Railing or Fence

June 20th, 2012

custom elegant brown crab orchard flagstone stone pool coping water feature waterfall

A water feature instantly adds a sense of peace to any outdoor living space. However, if you’re not careful about following your city’s laws, your water feature could turn into a nightmare of costly citations and rebuilds. To avoid stumbling into this stressful situation, follow our tips below to help Vancouver and Portland residents build compliant water features. Read the rest of this entry »

June Is National Rose Month: Fencing Installations to Showcase Your Blooms

June 18th, 2012

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Here in the Rose City, nearly every fence installation will at some point be adorned with roses. Portland’s abundant rain, negligible wind and relatively mild climate make it the perfect place to grow roses. And, with June being National Rose Month, now is the perfect time to plant new roses.

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