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The Best Fence for a Sloped Yard Doesn’t Need to Be Stepped

At one point in my welding career, I worked for a custom metalworking shop that specialized in railings, furniture, and fencing. The painful and difficult builds were wrought iron-look fences on sloping yards. I would have to find an angle that looked good and didn’t leave too much of a gap, then calculate an angle…

For the Best Fencing for Small Dogs, Choose Closely-Spaced Pickets

Late into my college life I met a young lady with a tiny Maltese dog. The Maltese is a small breed with silky white hair which by all accounts is a good companion animal. This particular dog looked like a plush toy, had the ferocious heart of a U.S. Navy Seal, and answered to Snuggles….

Choosing and Building a Child Safe Garden Fence

My grandmother was an avid gardener, cultivating a patch of ground in her backyard for years until the rectangle of soil inside a stake-and-mesh fence was dark with nutrients. She would spend weeks getting her beds ready and would carefully plant at peak times. It was with special pride she served up spinach, tomatoes, and…

Installing a Child Safe Pool Fence for Peace of Mind

Growing up in Florida, I used to eat my heart out envying the kids that had pools. They would throw parties at any opportunity, and every kid in the neighborhood would show up. My parties, on the other hand, were great successes if I could get one or two people to show up. Apparently, my…

Perimeter Fence Ideas for Apartments

Decades ago, when my main (OK, only) consideration when renting an apartment was price, I experienced an unnerving event. I emerged into the cold darkness of a very early November morning in a triumphant mood after a hard-won Call of Duty match to make a run to the local pharmacy for some snacks. At the…

Hurricane Proof Fencing: Finding Fencing That Can Take a Beating

Not too long ago, a storm with a girl’s name came through and knocked my power out for a few days. She also toppled nearly every fence in the neighborhood, and while it was interesting to discover how many people had classic automobiles rusting away in their backyards, the loss of fencing in the neighborhood…

Custom Made Steel Gates Keep Properties Secure with Style

I’ve lived in several apartments complexes in my life. The advertisements for these apartments often boast that the complexes are gated communities. In my experience, this has been mostly an empty boast. The gates of these complexes often ended up broken and were usually left standing open. This led to some very beloved cars being…

The Best Fencing for Cold Climates Remains Solid in Wind, Rain, and Snow

When my parents got their first home the backyard wasn’t fenced in, and being a young couple who’d just bought their first home they decided to save money by building a fence themselves. It went up in the spring, and it worked great all through the summer and into the fall. One December morning my…

Choosing a Privacy Fence for an Apartment Patio That Keeps Residents Happy

A steel fence with wooden infills is an unusual configuration but one that’s durable and attractive–perfect for providing privacy for apartment residents. In my career I’ve had the chance to work on quite a few big multi-unit apartment buildings, and, having done a lot of outdoor work, I’ve often been given jobs out on the patios….