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How to Properly Paint a Wood Fence

April 8th, 2013

Cedar FenceFew sights in life are as uplifting and cheerful as freshly painted or stained cedar fencing. Beaverton and Portland homeowners can stain or paint fences to protect them from the elements. We’ve focused on how to stain wood fencing in previous posts, so today we’re providing tips on painting a wood fence installation.

Beaverton and Tigard homeowners should begin the fence painting process in the drizzly days of winter, when it’s too wet to work on a fence. This is the perfect time to choose a paint color and plan your project. Here are a few tips for selecting a paint color for an exterior fence: Read the rest of this entry »

How to Inspect and Fix Farm Fencing

March 20th, 2013

On a farm, fences serve many important purposes. Indeed, livestock farming is nearly impossible without plenty of sturdy fencing. Farm fencing keeps animals where they belong while also protecting them from predators. Farmers shift animals from one fenced area as a part of pasture management. Additionally, farm fencing separates different types of animals that could harm each other. For all of these reasons, one of the first things that must be done on a new farm is a fencing installation.

ElectrobraidBeaverton and Portland homeowners are aware of the damage storms can cause to fencing; farmers must also be careful to watch for damage. To inspect farm fencing, walk or ride around the perimeter of your land. The first thing to look for is fencing that’s been downed by fallen trees or tree branches. In this case, you’ll need to first get the tree out of the way. Here’s where riding your tractor around the perimeter shows its advantages; you can haul your chainsaw along with you much more easily on a tractor.

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Fence Installation: Tools You’ll Need in Honor of National Worship of Tools Day

March 11th, 2013

Knuckle BusterDid you know there’s a special day just for celebrating the tools we use for everything from plumbing repairs to fence installation? Vancouver to Virginia, DIY enthusiasts celebrate National Worship of Tools Day every March 11. While this may seem like a silly holiday (who actually bows down to a hammer or screwdriver?), the truth is that our species’ success is intimately linked to our effective use of tools.

As experts in fencing installation (Beaverton, Portland, Hillsboro Salem, and Tri-Cities being our main service locations), we recommend keeping these tools on hand when erecting a new fence: Read the rest of this entry »

Show Your Cedar Fence Some Love this February

February 21st, 2013

You may think summer is the only season for maintenance of your wood fence installation, Beaverton and Portland residents. Yet the truth is that your fence benefits from mid-winter TLC as well. Indeed, paying attention to your fence’s condition now can help you prevent problems and prepare for repairs once warmer weather arrives.

Wintertime Tips for Maintaining your Cedar Fence

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Winter Landscaping to Enhance any Fence Installation

February 13th, 2013

Winter 09Winter in the Pacific Northwest can be a drab time. One way to make your yard more interesting during this drizzly season is to add a few new plants. Below, we offer tips for planting along your fence, as well as a list of suggested species for adding winter interest.

Tips for Gardening Alongside a Fence

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How to Enjoy a Valentine’s Day Date under your Patio Cover

February 7th, 2013

Happy valentines dayThe recession has led many homeowners to take “staycations” – cost-preserving vacation getaways right in their own beautiful backyards. There’s no reason why the same prudent enthusiasm for outdoor living can’t also be applied to individual holidays. Why spend stacks of money this Valentine’s Day when you could enjoy a private, convenient, romantic date right at home on your cedar decking – for far less? Even a drizzly Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors, for those who have patio covers.

Salem and Portland homeowners who want to deftly woo their darlings this Valentine’s Day can follow the tips we’ve gathered below for creating a romantic ambiance under their patio covers. Read the rest of this entry »

Tips for Removing Snow from your Cedar Deck

January 31st, 2013

Close up of snow on my deckA properly built, properly maintained deck should be strong enough to hold quite a snowfall. Building codes require residential cedar decking to hold plenty of weight. Not until the white stuff is piled higher than the 3-foot railings do you need to be concerned about the possibility of collapse.

Likewise, rot is highly unlikely. Here in the Pacific Northwest, most homeowners opt for cedar decking, since cedar trees are naturally rot resistant. These giant conifers evolved to thrive in our region’s sopping wet winters. Assuming you consistently resurface and reseal your deck, it will survive snow without rotting.

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DIY or Professional Fence Installation: Which Should You Choose?

December 27th, 2012

Wood fenceTo build, or not to build; that is the question. Should a homeowner of strong DIY skills take hammer in hand and erect her or his own fence, or is it wiser to entrust the job to professionals? Here at Rick’s we offer multiple fence installation options – full installation, partial installation, or just delivery of materials. Before you begin your fencing project, take a moment to consider which option may be best for you.

Whether they’re made of metal, stone or wood, fences require a sizeable investment on the part of the homeowner. A privacy fence is clearly a worthwhile addition to any home, as it gives residents a lasting sense of security and comfort. Still, the price of a fence installation is enough to warrant careful planning.

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Salem Fence Regulations: Permits You’ll Need

December 4th, 2012

Wood fenceEvery city has its own permitting process for building wood fences – Salem among them. Residents who are planning to build a Salem privacy fence should carry out the city’s required steps, as described below. Those who fail to obtain the proper permits and carry out the requisite procedures will face fines and the prospect of tearing down and rebuilding a to-code fence if the city deems it necessary.

In Salem, a Residential Building Permit Application is required for any fence that will be more than 6 feet in height. This restriction also applies to latticework and other architectural features. You and your Salem fence contractor will have to provide quite a bit of information in the permit application, including fence location, height and materials. Salem city code stipulates where fences of different heights may be built, along with a few other standards that must be followed when building a fence within Salem city limits. Read the rest of this entry »

Solid Patio Covers: Outdoor Living in Style [Infographic]

November 6th, 2012

A solid patio cover is an attractive way to make your outdoor living space functional all year long. Designed to blend into your home’s existing roofline, a solid patio cover boasts an excellent ROI and can provide decades of enjoyment.

The following infographic takes a look at some of the benefits and options associated with solid patio covers.

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