What’s the Best Fence for Small Dogs?

Brown Dachshund runningWondering what’s the best fence for small dogs? The answer is right here at Pacific Fence & Wire!

We love dogs at PF&W. During our long, nearly 100-year history, we’ve been proud to know some of the best pooches that ever fetched a stick.

Large dogs, small dogs, medium-sized dogs … when it comes to our loyal companions, it’s important to have a fence that protects not only the property but the dog and passersby, as well.

The American Kennel Club lists the following dogs among examples of the 25 smallest dog breeds. Do you have one of these?

  • Chihuahua
  • Dachshund
  • Italian Greyhound
  • Maltese
  • Norwich Terrier
  • Pomeranian
  • Pug

So what’s the best pet fence system for these small dogs — and the dog owners?

Dog Fencing Tips

Answering this question requires a bit of sleuthing; the answer depends not just on the size of your dog but on its temperament. (Not to mention its jumping ability! No point in erecting a tall fence if Stella’s just gonna soar over the thing.)

Dog fencing solutions don’t have to be complicated. If you have a well-behaved canine, the type of fence you choose is determined less by the needs of the dog and more by the needs of your property.

However, even trained dogs can get into mischief from time to time. There are also some safety considerations to take into account when trying to figure out the best fence for a small dog.

For example, dogs are territorial by nature. That means they may tread a well-worn path along the fence perimeter. You might consider landscaping that portion of the yard so that it’s easier on your pup’s paws.

Best Fence for Small Dogs

Generally speaking, a tall chain-link fence buried a couple of feet below the surface is the best type of fence to contain all dogs — diggers and jumpers included.

However, there are several fence types; the key is to find the one that works best for your small dog. At Pacific Fence & Wire, we specialize in all manner of fences: wooden fences, chain link fences, vinyl fences, ornamental metal fences, as well as gates railings, and specialty fences.

Each of these types of fences can be made into many different forms. The best part about partnering with PF&W is that we can customize a fence so that it’s perfect for you, your property, and your dog.

Depending on the training, temperament, and tendencies of your small dog, you might need to erect a fence that limits their most destructive habits. This includes attempting to escape.

Escape Strategies
The good dog folks at K9ofMine.com list five common escape strategies for fenced-in dogs: jumping over the fence, climbing over the fence, digging under the fence, chewing or pushing through the fence, and “using their nose to lift the gate latch.”

Each of these escape strategies can be guarded against with the right fencing installation, some of which we cover here.

Small dogs, however, present additional challenges. Their tiny stature allows them to squeeze through slats that would hinder a bigger dog. Thus, a picket fence may not be ideal.

Plus, small dogs are often dynamos — little bundles of energy, which they channel into negative behaviors, such as digging … and digging … and digging. In that case, you may need to dig a trench in which to bury the bottom of the fence a foot or two below the surface.

Pacific Fence & Wire: Your Portland Fence Experts

Get in touch with us today, and we’ll discuss fencing options with you. We have years of experience providing durable and affordable fencing for all sorts of landscapes and the dogs that roam around them.

Dogs need the freedom to run around. Steel fences or metal dog fences can pen your dog safely inside while providing that freedom. We know that dog owners often consider electric fences (or so-called wireless dog fences), but we think it’s more humane to utilize an actual fence. Especially since so many fence types are easy to install and maintain.

We work in and around Portland, Oregon, so be sure to speak to us first before deciding on the type of fence you want. You can find our work throughout the Portland metro area and beyond, including Yakima, The Dalles, Pendleton, Hood River, Bend, Corvallis, and Eugene. We also have work along the Oregon Coast, far Eastern Oregon, as well as in Washington and Idaho.

We are Oregon’s premier fencing company, which is one reason we’ve lasted for so many years. Call us today!

Who Pays For A Fence Between Neighbors?

Wooden fenceLet’s say you need a fence between your property and the one next to yours. Let’s also say that this fence is not for aesthetic purposes; instead, it’s a necessity. Who pays for a fence between neighbors?

Answering this question requires us to simplify this hypothetical situation, as we’ve done in that first paragraph. Why? Because there are far too many variables at play to fit inside one humble blog post.

Local ordinances, state laws and regulations, homeowners associations, land-use restrictions, and more all have a role to play in determining who pays for boundary fences between neighbors.

But for the purposes of this blog, let’s just keep things simple, shall we?

In the poem “Mending Wall,” Robert Frost’s neighbor tells him that “Good fences make good neighbors.” Frost is skeptical. But he and his neighbor “walk the line” while Frost ponders the need for and the responsibilities involved with shared fence-building and fence-mending.

Fences add to the beauty and enhanced privacy or protection of your real estate. And they can definitely make good neighbors. But when you have a proposed or an existing fence that runs along the boundary line between you and your neighbor, questions may arise on what’s permitted and who pays for it.

Here are some important things to keep in mind when it comes to fence installation and how to keep things neighborly regarding fencing issues. There are wrinkles involved in local fencing laws, including whether or not to split the cost of replacing the fence between property owners.

Who pays for fences between neighbors?

#1: Know the property line.
It is important to determine the exact boundary of your property. If you are unsure, you can contact your county or title company to see if they have a record of it. The tax assessor’s office or property records department may also have a copy. It is imperative that you are certain of your property line before fence installation takes place. Then, talk to your neighbor about it.

#2: Open the lines of communication.
When a fence repair or installation is needed, notify your neighbor. Talk to them about what kind of fence you would like to install. If a repair is needed, explain that in detail. Invite your neighbor into the conversation so they feel like they are part of the process.

In the perfect scenario, your neighbor will be excited about the project and offer to help share the cost and assist in the design. Your ultimate goal, however, is to talk to them about the project, review the property line, and ensure that everything is clear before proceeding.

#3: Know the law.
If the fence is located on the property line for you and your neighbor, according to the law, expenses should be shared for installation and repair. If there is a disagreement, the party who pays for the fence can sue the neighbor for half of the fence cost. Hopefully, it will never come to that, though.

Once you have determined your property line and discussed with your neighbor what details need to be made to proceed, it’s a good idea to check any zoning regulations or rules about fence height or material, either with the city, county, or your homeowner’s association.

Your fence will create a solid, beautiful barrier between two properties. If you are ready to talk about your fencing options, our team at Pacific Fence and Wire is standing by to help. Contact us today!

Dog Fence Aggression And How To Prevent It

Mean looking dog at gateWe’ve all seen it: An aggressive dog is barking at us from the other side of a fence. It’s been taught to protect the homestead, so it perceives passersby as a threat. It barks and growls and sometimes pushes against the fence, sniffing for signs of the enemy.

Dog fence aggression is no joke. It can lead to a lot of trouble, especially if your bold canine protector were to somehow escape its confines and attack someone who may have just been innocently walking past the property.

Another scenario: Two dogs are trying to get at each other from opposite sides of the fence. They’re also barking, causing a ruckus, trying to reach the other dog by pushing snouts through the fence slats or frantically digging at the ground beneath the fence.

Whether the dog is barking and trying to attack a person or a fellow dog, it goes without saying that a better barrier — i.e., a more effective dog fence — can help prevent things from really getting out of hand.

If you’re trying to find ways to curb dig fence aggression, then Pacific Fence & Wire can help. We’ve been in the fencing business for almost 100 years. When it comes to fencing boundaries, our knowledge, problem-solving and solution-finding skills, and expertise are, well, boundless!

Get in touch with us today with any questions.

Fences and Dog Aggression

Take a look at these photos. That’s a lot of dogs making a lot of noise and displaying aggressive and threatening behavior. The good news is that dog behavior can be modified. Even old dogs can learn new tricks, despite the old saying.

Training your dog requires skill, patience, and, often, a professional. Basic obedience training, especially with young pups, should be enough to curb problem behavior, such as unwanted or unnecessary territorial aggression with neighboring dogs. Running the fence along fence lines can be annoying if the dog barks excessively; it will also wreak havoc on your lawn as your dog plays hide and seek with whatever’s caught his attention on the other side.

If you or someone you know has a dog that acts like this from the other side of the fence, then it may be time to reconsider your fencing. After all, a barking dog is more than just a nuisance. In most localities, it can get you fined; in other places, it can lead to a criminal offense.

In Oregon, for example, a dog “is a public nuisance if it disturbs any person by frequent or prolonged noises.”

Even otherwise well-behaved pooches can become more aggressive when they’re behind the protective safety of a fence. Check out this video; these dogs are snarling, barking savages — until the gate is opened. Then they’re all like — who me? That wasn’t me! I’m not even there!

All kidding aside though, this can become a big problem. So what’s the solution for dog fence aggression? A better fence, of course. (Or a better dog — but that’s not really up to us.)

A quick note of clarification: Not all barks are aggressive or territorial. As the ASPCA reminds us, “If your dog barks at people or dogs he sees through the fence, and his barking is accompanied by whining, tail wagging and other signs of friendliness, your dog is probably barking to say hello. He most likely barks the same way when family members come home.”

What we’re discussing here are barks that can lead to aggression or nuisance complaints. These dogs need better fencing stat!

Better Fences, Less Fence Fighting

If you’ve tried behavioral modifications — i.e., training — and that hasn’t stopped your pooch from bounding from the porch and darting for the fence, consider the following:

  • Install a fence (or modify an existing one) that blocks the dog’s visual access to what’s on the other side (i.e., a visual barrier)
  • Add an additional barrier between the current fence and the outside world (i.e., a buffer zone)
  • Replace your chain link fence with a wooden or vinyl fence
  • Keep your dog inside

We can help with the first three things on that list. Give Pacific Fence & Wire a call today, and we’ll work together to find a dog fence aggression solution that works for you and your canine pal.

How To Stop A Dog From Digging Under The Fence

Curious dog looks over the garden fenceAhh, dogs. Their loyalty, bravery, friendliness, and unconditional love for us are just a few of the reasons why their companionship provides us with such great joy.

But when their instincts get the better part of their good nature, they sure can drive us crazy!

Such is the case with dogs that dig, dig, dig — especially when they’re digging, digging, digging under our fences.

Wondering how to stop a dog from digging under the fence? Read on!

Dogs, People, Fences

If you’re a dog owner, you more than likely have seen your furry freeloader digging in the yard or at the base of a fence.

Dogs dig holes because, well, they’re dogs. It’s natural, instinctive. They get bored, want to escape or just like to dig.

Some breeds, such as Jack Russell Terrier and the Dachshund, were actually bred to dig. That’s why they burrow and paw under your couch cushions and through your flower bed with such enthusiasm.

It’s also why getting them to stop digging can feel a bit like asking a leopard to change its spots.

It can be done, though.

Preventing a dog from digging under the fence can be a challenge. A dog that digs not only creates unsightly holes; it can also create costly damage to fences, plants, and lawns. Plus, it means you have to worry about your dog escaping through the hole he just dug under the fence.

There are quite a few options to choose from to keep a dog from digging under a fence. The right solution may vary for each situation. You may want to test out a few different options to see which one works best for your type of fence (vinyl, wood, chain link fencing, etc.).

Create a digging pit.
This is a great solution and doesn’t require much construction know-how. There’s a good how-to guide here. We like this solution a lot, and we hope it works for you doggo. Best case scenario: he chooses this as his digging spot — away from your fence line — providing you with peace of mind.

Place rocks around the edge of the fence.
You can place rocks around the areas of the fence where the dog likes to dig. This will make it harder for the dog to dig. If they try digging through the rock, they will see they are getting nowhere and stop. This is as close as you are likely to get from a dog-proof fence.

Fill in the holes with rocks or dirt.
Depending on your dog, you can try filling in the holes with rocks or dirt. Dirt may just encourage them to keep digging and provide constant work for you, though. It really just depends on the dog. You can also fill in the holes with gravel, which makes it harder for the dog to dig.

Bury wire or fencing into the ground.
Burying wire in the ground requires a bit of work but is a surefire way to stop your dog from getting through a fence. The only trouble is that if you bury chicken wire, it probably won’t stop the dog from digging. This method works if you have a dog that is an escape artist and you want to stop them from getting out.

A similar concept is to buy metal stakes that are about a foot-and-a-half long and pound them into the ground at the base of the fence. Consider the size of your dog, and space the stakes appropriately. This is a similar approach to burying wire but requires less digging and overall work.

Train your dog.
If you have the time and knowledge, train your dog. This is your best bet because it fixes the source of the problem and will stop your dog from digging even if you move.

Install an electric wire.
As a last resort, you might consider installing an electric wire around the perimeter. Make sure it is low enough to the ground so that if the dog tries to dig near the fence they will get a mild zap. This should teach the dog not to dig at the edge of the fence. Note: Some electronic barriers or invisible dog fences emit a high-pitched sound or a loud noise that deters your dog from getting too close to the fence.

Best Climbing Plants For Wooden Fences

ivy growing on a wooden fenceIt’s important for property owners to know which vines provide the best and most beautiful cover for their wooden fences. But it’s just as important — if not more so — to ask another question: Which climbing vines should I not have on my wooden fence?

Fast-growing vines — especially woody vines — can damage wood fences. There are a lot of different types of vines out there, so you’ll have to do a little homework.

Consider examining the life cycles of the following to give yourself a good foundation upon which to build your vine-growing knowledge.

Note: Some of these are not appropriate for wooden fences. We’ll go over a few of them below, but nothing beats solid research and conversations with your friendly neighborhood garden center. Unless they’re invasive, most of these are fine for vinyl or chain-link fences or for ground cover.

  • Evergreen vines
  • Trumpet vines
  • Climbing vines (and climbing plants)
  • Flowering vines
  • White flowers
  • English ivy (take caution with fast-growing ivy; it’s a super grower!)
  • Vines that attract hummingbirds
  • Perennial vines
  • Annual vines
  • Virginia creeper
  • Clematis
  • Twining vine
  • Coral honeysuckle
  • Tubular flowers

When you speak with experts, they’ll likely tell you that some species — such as the coral honeysuckle and the clematis — are perfect for vinyl fencing.

With aluminum fences, just about anything will do. (Again, stay away from invasive species. They crowd out native vegetation and can become difficult to eradicate.)

All vines — regardless of the type of fence upon which they grow — attract moisture and bugs. Plus, invasive species and woody vines can grow rapidly, becoming difficult to control. They could spread from the fence to your lawn to your home.

Choose wisely when deciding which vine to twine!

Will Climbing Vines Damage A Wood Fence?

Many vines will cause damage to wooden fences. Unlike aluminum or vinyl fences, wooden fences are susceptible to damage from the elements and from the vines that you choose to attach to them. So what are the best climbing plants for wooden fences? Non-woody (i.e., green herbaceous) vines are great for wooden fences.

DoItYourself.com reports that annuals and perennials can provide excellent and beautiful cover for your wooden fence. They suggest a few vines, which you can see here.

Other sources, however, caution against certain species, such as wisteria or trumpet vines. Although they can be quite beautiful, attracting hummingbirds to their sweet flowers, they can lead to fungus and rot. They can also grow so quickly and thickly that they literally crack your fence apart over time.

So yes — flowering vines cascading over a wood fence have a rustic charm. However, if you want your fence to last, allowing vines to grow on wood structures isn’t a good idea. Some climbing vines have claws that cling and work into the boards. Other plants wrap, twine, or sprawl over a fence.

At the risk of repeating ourselves: Whatever method a vine uses to attach itself to your fence, it will create a humid environment that promotes mildew and rot. Keep vines off the wood boards, and you’ll extend the time between fence repairs.

Keep Climbing Vines In Their Place

You can grow vines and protect a fence by investing in a sturdy trellis or arbor. These structures can be wood, vinyl, or metal. They can be simple, but to be effective they need to be strong. The sturdiest type of trellis or arbor will have fence-like posts to support a framework of bars.

Trellises come in a variety of sizes and designs. Metal structures tend to be more sturdy than wood. If you choose a flimsy trellis, it may not be able to support the weight of a vigorous plant.

Protect Your Wood Fence

Place a trellis or arbor a few feet away from a fence. Vines can be prolific growers and may make their way to a fence that is too near a trellis. Plantings at the base of a wood fence can litter the fence and posts with organic matter.

Wood fences need to be protected from moisture. Point sprinklers away from a fence. Even cedar, which is resistant to rot, lasts longer when it’s cleaned and sealed annually and kept clear of plants year-round.

Choosing the Right Vines

Some vines are more damaging than others. Ask your local nursery for plants that do well in Washington and Oregon. Climbing vines such as English ivy and wisteria can be invasive.

Choose carefully before you plant a vine because some can take over a garden. Clematis and climbing roses are good choices and are less likely to grow out of control.

If you love the look of a flowering vine, there’s no need to pass on its beauty. With some planning and forethought, you can grow these climbers without fear of damaging your wood fence.

Expert Fence Repair in Portland, Oregon

Has your fence been damaged by vines, mildew, or rot? Pacific Fence & Wire can help you repair or replace a fence in disrepair. Contact us today for more information about our services.

We’re the premier fencing company in the Pacific Northwest. We serve Portland, Oregon, and the surrounding metro area. You can see our work in Yakima, Hood River, The Dalles, Pendleton, Bend, Eugene, Corvallis, the Oregon Coast, eastern Oregon, eastern Washington, Idaho — and all up and down the Columbia River Gorge. Get in touch with us today!

All About Wood Fence Life Expectancy 

If you’re considering wood fencing, you may be wondering about wood fence life expectancy.Man lacquers a wood fence in the garden to illustrate All About Wood Fence Life Expectancy.

Truth is, wooden fences, for all their remarkable attributes, do require a bit of a tradeoff in terms of longevity and maintenance compared to other fencing materials, such as vinyl, aluminum, or chain-link.

It’s definitely worth it, though. There’s really nothing like natural wood fencing. It’s elegant, classic, stylish, and provides an almost magical element of beauty to any property.

Pacific Fence & Wire: Your Portland Wood Fence Experts

Pacific Fence & Wire has been helping people for almost 100 years. If you’ve got your heart set on a wooden fence, then we can assist you in finding the right one for you, your family, and your property.

And please keep this in mind: Although there are lots of questions to be asked and answers to be sought when it comes to determining the right wooden fence for you, we promise the process will be fun!

We’re sure you’ve already imagined what your wonderful new wooden fence will look like around your property. Well, PF&W is here to help you harness that imagination and turn your wooden fence dreams into wooden fence reality!

Life Expectancy Of Wooden Fencing

Right off the bat, we should mention that here in the wet, windy, and wintery Pacific Northwest, wooden fences simply don’t last as long as they might in climates that are less damp.

When properly maintained — which includes replacing individual planks and boards as needed — a well-built wooden fence can last in good condition up to 20 years or more.

There is that tradeoff we mentioned, though: A wood fence needs regular care; otherwise, if it’s left to rot, then it’s gonna, well, rot!

Compared to other fencing options, such as vinyl fencing, wood is unlikely to last as long or be as durable. Wood fences can rot, warp, sag, and crack over time, especially during long periods of inclement weather. (In other words, during eight months out of the year in Western Oregon!) Wooden fences are also susceptible to insect infestations.

Wood Fence Maintenance

There are plenty of ways to hold off the ravages of weather and time, though.

Most wood fences are constructed with cedar or redwood, two species that are typically more resistant to decay than other types of lumber. That’s why those are two of the most commonly used wood species for fences.

In addition to the type of wood, it’s also important to make sure the fence isn’t susceptible to uprooting from nearby tree systems. There shouldn’t be any vines dangling over it, either. Although they make for a pretty fence and tremendous curb appeal, bushes and vines can also contribute to rot and degradation.

Pressure-treated wood can help extend the life and longevity of your fence. Occasional applications of wood sealants and wood preservatives are also helpful.

Annual Maintenance

Once a year, property owners should examine the fence from beginning to end. This helps identify problems before they get out of hand. Inspections should include not just the wood itself, but also the nails and screws that hold it together.

Fence posts should also be checked to make sure they’re still securely rooted in the post holes and the ground. Portions of the fence that don’t touch the ground are less likely to develop rot and decay and other moisture-related problems.

It’s also a good idea to clean the fence thoroughly every few years and to stain and paint it at the same time. This will help preserve the integrity of the fence while maintaining its striking appearance.

Long story short: Proper maintenance goes a long way toward protecting your wooden fence for 10 years, 15 years, or even 40 years!

Questions? Comments? Get in touch with Pacific Fence & Wire today! Family-owned and operated since 1921, we’re happy to help. We look forward to building a long and lasting partnership with you.

All About Vinyl Fence Life Expectancy

Vinyl, white picket fence in front of a white home to illustrate All About Vinyl Fence Life ExpectancyYou may be wondering about vinyl fence life expectancy.

You’re almost certain that a vinyl fence is right for you, your family, your budget, and your property. (You have compared and contrasted vinyl fences with wood fences, aluminum, and chain-link fences, for example.)

You know which portions of your property you want to be fenced. You’ve considered fence colors, fence maintenance, and fence repair.

You just need that one last bit of information to tie all your research together so that you know for sure that you’ve made the right choice.

So: What is the life expectancy for a vinyl fence?

Life Expectancy Of Vinyl Fencing

Good news: When properly maintained, a vinyl fence can last for decades — upwards of 30 years in many cases. That’s longer than wood. In fact, wooden fences may last half as long. And wood fences require constant vigilance and maintenance, such as the replacement of individual planks or panels.

Even better news: Vinyl doesn’t require that much maintenance! Usually, all it takes is a regular washing with a garden hose and household cleaners, such as Simple Green. Many of our customers tout the fact that their vinyl fence requires no maintenance!

When it comes to fencing options, upfront costs, aesthetics, curb appeal, fencing installation and the quality of the fencing materials themselves, vinyl is a truly wonderful choice for many property owners.

As we’ve written before on the PF&W Blog, “Vinyl fences are plastic, made specifically with polyvinyl chloride (PVC). This material is combined with special ingredients that make it strong, durable, and resistant to various types of weather and ultraviolet rays.”

CertainTeed

Pacific Fence & Wire is proud to partner with CertainTeed for their BuffTech vinyl fences. They’re built to last and typically come with excellent warranty protection.

In short: Vinyl fences are often maintenance-free and are excellent choices for any property. They’re strong, durable, flexible, and they look great! Plus, they can last significantly longer than their wooden or chain-link counterparts.

In fact, it’s the very durability of vinyl fencing that has made it such a popular choice for homeowners and property owners in recent years. Some of the most popular types of vinyl fencing: vinyl post and rail, and Lexington-style privacy fencing. Like other styles, these require virtually no maintenance over the long term.

Why Vinyl Fencing May Be Right For You

Compared with wood fencing, especially, vinyl fencing is a longer-lasting and more durable solution. Wood fences are beautiful and wonderful, too. If neglected, however, wood fences are prone to rotting, warping, and cracking. They can also become weatherbeaten or insect-infested over time.

Not so with vinyl. It provides the privacy and beauty of more traditional fencing along with unmatched longevity. That’s because — as we mentioned above — vinyl fencing is made with high-quality PVC. It’s designed to withstand everything that a Pacific Northwest winter can throw our way. (And for those of us who are fortunate enough to live in the great and beautiful PNW, we know Ol’ Man Winter can certainly throw a lot our way!)

Plus, vinyl can be made to look just like wood or stone! Finally — and perhaps best of all — it can be customized with a wide variety of colors, styles, trims, and adornments. It’s a win-win! (Or is that a win-win-win-win-win?)

Questions? Give Pacific Fence & Wire a call! We’ve been family-owned and operated since 1921, and we look forward to serving you for many years to come.

Split-Rail Fence in Portland, Oregon — and Abraham Lincoln in Illinois

A split-rail fence is an absolutely stunning addition to any property. If you’re seeking advice on a split-rail fence in Portland, Oregon, then contact Pacific Fence & Wire.

We’ve been in business for almost a century, and we can help you make the best fencing decision for you, your family, and your property.

Our expert and friendly staff can assist you with most types of fencing in addition to fence fittings, gates, pipes, and other resources.

What is a split-rail fence?

Split rail is a type of fence that utilizes rails constructed from timber logs that have been split lengthwise. This style of fencing is also known as a zigzag fence, worm fence, snake fence (because of the way it winds across landscapes), or a log fence or post and rails fence. Most split-rail fences are cedar fences.

Anyone who’s played with Lincoln logs can grasp the underlying concept of split rail construction. In fact, a split-rail fence demonstrates a nifty bit of pioneer engineering since it can be constructed without the use of nails or fasteners.

These items were expensive and often unavailable for many homesteaders in the early American and Canadian centuries. What these pioneers did have, however, was wood. Lots of it, and they made great use of it to build miles of split-rail fence.

In the 1860s, soldiers on both sides of the U.S. Civil War often destroyed split-rail fencing in order to make use of it as firewood.

Abraham Lincoln and Split-Rail History

Back to Lincoln for a second. When strong and studious Abraham Lincoln was considering a run for the presidency, his advisers suggested a prop that would help remind voters of his rustic background.

According to Smithsonian.com, Lincoln modeled his campaign after William Henry Harrison’s “log cabin campaign.” Harrison won the 1840 election by “emphasizing what he claimed were long-standing ties to the common man (although he came from a family of Virginia aristocrats),” the Smithsonian writes.

Unlike Harrison, however, Lincoln actually came from humble origins. To emphasize this fact, the Smithsonian writes, “Richard J. Oglesby, a canny Illinois politician and Lincoln supporter, came up with the idea of sending Lincoln’s cousin, John Hanks, back to the family farm in Decatur, Illinois, to collect a couple of the wooden fence rails that he and Abe had split years before.”

They used the pieces of that wooden fence to mount a banner that read “Abe Lincoln the Rail Splitter.” The idea worked and forms a major thread of Lincoln’s historical legacy to this day. You can see “The Genuine Rail” — split by Lincoln himself in 1829 or 1830 — at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

Pacific Fence & Wire

PF&W can handle all your Portland fencing needs. Whether it’s a custom order or a prefabricated product, we have the tools, the know-how, and the solutions-oriented approach to get the job done.

As we like to say, we’re happy to take on so-called “difficult projects” — everything from custom enclosures, sloped yards, and security fences to … well, you let us know!

We work on both big and small jobs, and we bring the same expert customer service and attention to detail regardless of the size and scale of your project.

You can’t go wrong with Pacific Fence & Wire, so please do call us today!

How to Replace a Wooden Fence Panel

For those of you looking for an overview of how to replace a wooden fence panel, we’ve provided a broad outline below.

If you have any questions about specifics or if you need a fence expert to provide guidance and advice, we suggest calling the pros at Pacific Fence & Wire.

PF&W is approaching its 100th year in business. For four generations, we’ve been a family-owned and family-operated business.

We can help you tackle projects both big and small (and in between!), so please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. We look forward to serving you.

We’re excited to begin the next 100 years of expert Portland fence installation and service. Be sure to check the Pacific Fence & Wire blog often. We cover — or will cover soon — lots of topics, including:

  • Pressure washers

    Wooden board background to illustrate How to Replace a Wooden Fence Panel

    Wooden board background with textured planks

  • Pressure-treated lumber fences
  • Posts set in concrete at the ground level
  • Vinyl fences
  • Maintaining the level of your bottom rail
  • More!

Until then, on with the wooden fence panel replacement show!

Wooden Fence Panel Replacement

Wooden fence panels may need to be replaced for a variety of reasons. They may have been damaged by neglect, insects, or by the front fender of a wayward automobile.

A particularly strong winter storm may have cracked, bent or otherwise destroyed one or more wooden fence panels. Or the passage of time and many seasons of wind and rain may have caused a panel or panels to rot.

How do you know it you need to replace a fence panel? The wood may appear discolored. It may also have more obvious damages, such as splintering or warping.

If you can poke the wood with a screwdriver and the wood pushes in, then you may have rotten wood beneath the surface. Time to replace the panel!

Maintenance, Repair, Replacement

If you have a wooden fence, no matter the type of wood, you’ll probably be faced with the task of fence repairing at some point.

The steps involved in replacing panels on wood fences are fairly straightforward. The actions required within each individual step, however, do require at least a basic familiarity with carpentry, wood and home handiwork.

If you have any questions whatsoever, including about which important tools to use in each step, please contact an expert.

  • Check your posts. It doesn’t make sense to replace a single wooden fence panel if the posts to which it is attached are compromised. A single damaged post can ruin an entire fence line. Be sure to double check that the fence’s posts are secure and level before beginning work on any individual panel. Fix or reinforce a damaged post before starting to repair or replace a panel.
  • Pry the damaged panel(s) out of the fence. Remove any nails or screws still attached to the post.
  • Measure the replacement panels for size and fit, if you haven’t already done so.
  • Drill holes. With the replacement panel held in position (you probably need an assistant for this portion), drill four holes at the spots where the panel will be fastened to the posts or beams.
  • Mount your panel!

There’s your simple overview of the process of replacing a wooden fence panel. For the details, or to learn about additional options for fencing your property, call Pacific Fence & Wire today.

Does A Fence Increase Appraisal Value?

When it comes to real estate, many people wonder whether or not a fence increases appraisal value. At Pacific Fence & Wire, we thought we’d look into this question. Does a fence increase appraisal value?

There are certainly wrinkles in the appraisal process that affect price and perceived value. And, of course, different appraisers have different methods. But we’re happy to report that yes, indeed, a fence can increase a home’s appraisal value.

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Why? There are several reasons. Fences add more than just visual appeal. They also provide things that homeowners and potential home buyers appreciate, including:

  • Curb appeal
  • Privacy
  • Security
  • Serenity
  • Boundaries for front yard and backyard
  • Protection (for yourselves, your pets and children, your lawn, etc.)
  • Good fences make for good neighbors

“Fencing materials play an integral role in determining the overall home value during appraisal,” writes the staff at RealtyTimes.com.

In addition to those things listed above, there is, of course, the visual appeal, which can be striking. There are so many styles, fence materials (metal, wood fences, concrete, cast iron, chain link fencing, etc.), and designs for fences.

Heights, lengths, and colors can be mixed and matched to startling contrast. Or fences can be more subtle, matching both the materials and architecture of the home itself.

In short, a yard fence can absolutely increase the appraisal value.

What Kind Of Fence Do You Prefer?

What’s your preference? A metal fence? That ol’ standby, the wooden fence? Either one can become an integral and important part of the home itself.

Installing a fence is one of the best things you can do to increase your home’s value. Home improvement certainly includes finding a type of fence that enhances the appearance and security of your home.

We’d say it’s crucial! It’s the one thing most likely to attract a potential buyer in the first place. That’s why a house with a fence is high on the list of features that homebuyers search for.

When it’s time to partner with a fence contractor, contact Pacific Fence & Wire. We’ve been in business for almost 100 years!

Appraisal Experts

According to Homes.com, one of the things that buyers consider “must haves” is a fence. And more often than not, they want one that’s already installed.

Century 21 agrees.

“If you’re trying to sell a house,” they write, “the appearance of a fence adds value to the home overall. Buyers with children or pets will appreciate the privacy and security of an enclosed backyard.”

While there is no standard, guaranteed formula for calculating the increase in appraisal value of a home with a fence, there is strong evidence in favor of fencing.

“When it comes down to the question of, ‘Does a fence increase home value?” writes Homelight.com, “it all depends on what materials you use, your neighborhood, what local buyers are looking for, and the condition you keep it in.”

Pacific Fence & Wire: Your Northwest Fencing Experts

Let Pacific Fence & Wire help you find the perfect fence for you and your home.

Give us a call today! Or request an estimate.

We look forward to speaking with you.