First off, if you can avoid installing a gate on a slope, do it. Installing a gate on a hillside presents quite a few challenges and if it can be avoided try to install the gate in a flat area with as little slope as possible. In fact, installing a gate in a flat area can be challenging enough for the inexperienced. If you think about it, installing a gate on a hillside will present opening and closing problems. Depending on how you install the gate, it will most likely be interfered with by the hillside.
If you absolutely must install a gate on a hillside consider the following. Try and keep the gate as narrow as possible. The wider the gate, the more likely you are to run into operational problems. When installing the gate, think long and hard about how it will be swinging open and closing. Is it opening in a fashion that it will run into some sort of interference? If so you may have to make some modifications ranging from digging out the slope or creating a gap under the gate where it is interfered with. Also consider have the gate open on the downward side of the hill. In some cases this may not work but it is another option.
In conclusion, it is best to try and avoid installing a gate on a hillside but if unavoidable, test every option and consider interferences before finalizing the installation.
Treating an old wood fence with a protective stain as it will not only keep your fence looking good, it will protect it from the elements. There are plenty of ways to stain a wood fence including a paint brush, roller or paint sprayer. For larger projects, it may be worth the money to invest in a quality sprayer as it will make the job go much faster. For smaller projects, staining a wood fence with a simple roller and paint brush for those hard to reach areas should work just fine.
Choosing the right stain for wood fence
Choosing a stain is the biggest decision you will have to make when staining your wood fence. There are so many variations of stain offered and big box retailers offer generic brand stains at an affordable price. Remember though, as is the case with so many things in life, you get what you pay for. So be sure to do PLENTY of research before staining a wood fence.
Going with a cheaper brand of stain without doing your research can mean re-staining the wood fence in just several years. Another thing to consider is the color of the stain and how it will look on your fence. If possible, try and get a sample of the stain prior to applying it to the whole fence.
Staining a Wood Fence
Finally, it is time to stain the fence. It is often a good idea to wait several weeks if the wood is new for the treatments to settle in and if you live in a wet climate like the Pacific Northwest, allow time for the wood to dry in warmer weather. When staining a wood fence, make sure to apply plenty of stain and paint away!
When Is the Best Time to Stain a Wooden Fence?
Wait a few weeks before staining a new wooden fence. Why? Wood is affected by light, temperature and humidity. It needs time to adapt to its new environment. Early or late summer are good times for staining a wooden fence. You’ll need a few days of dry, warm weather, both before and after you stain. The boards need to be completely dry. A cloudy day, early in the morning or late in the afternoon are good times to work. In general, it’s better not to paint in direct sunlight.
Gather Your Tools
Staining a wood fence requires using a combination of rollers and brushes. You’ll need the following tools:
Long-handled roller and trim roller
Four-inch wide brush and trim brush
Eye protection such as goggles
Canvas or plastic sheets
Apply the Wood Stain
#1 Lay sheet over plants, grass and ground. Move pots and furniture to a safe distance. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Here’s the general procedure for staining a wood fence:
#2 Using the roller, dip into the stain. Apply in an even coat. Work from top to bottom. Starting at the top helps prevent drips.
#3 After completing a 3-foot section with the roller, work the stain in with a brush. Work the product into corners. If you have a partner, the work will go more quickly. One person applies the stain with the roller, the second follows behind with the brush.
#4 Follow the same procedure in step 2 using the trim roller and brush.
#5 Refer to your product directions to learn if you need a second coat.
What to do with an old wooden fence
That being said, no amount of stain can save an old wooden fence if it’s destroyed, breaking or unable to withstand stormy weather. There are a number of things you can do to recycle your old wood fence. Here is a short list of ideas on what you can make out of your old wooden fence:
Vintage looking planter boxes
Birdhouses, bird feeders or squirrel feeders
Garbage container corrals
Old picture Frames
Simple retaining walls (only very small walls – consult a professional if unsure)
Vintage looking picture frames
Rustic looking bench
As you can see there are plenty of simple uses for an old wooden fence, including many options that aren’t listed above. Be creative and see what you can build!
Wood fence installation in Portland OR
From fence installation to removal of old wooden fences, Pacific Fence and Wire has the tools and expertise you need to get the job done right the first time. Contact us today for help with your next landscaping or yard renovation project.
When tackling a wooden fence project there are several things that need to be considered prior to purchasing the building materials and starting on your project.
Start by measuring how long your fence will be. Take these measurements and on a piece of scratch paper put together a rough layout of your fence area. Next, decide how far you will distance your fence posts. Normal distance is 8 to 10 feet but may vary from fence to fence. On your scratch paper, indicate where you will be placing each post, properly spaced based on your distance. If you are going to install a gate, remember the each side of the gate will require posts as well. You should now have an accurate count of how many posts you will need to purchase.
Next, you will need to decide whether your fence will have a two rail structure or 3 rail structure. on your scratch paper, mark out how many rails each section of fence will require. You should now have an accurate count on how many 2×4’s will need to be purchased for the rail portion of your fence. Take the number of rails you purchase and multiply them by 2. This will give you number of fasteners you will need to attach the rails to the fence posts.
You will need to choose a way to set your fence posts. Will you use concrete or a mixture of gravel and sand? Or will you be setting them directly into the ground? The best bet is to ask a professional on the amount of gravel or concrete you will need to purchase. They should also be able to help you determine a proper depth to dig your post holes based on the fences environment.
Calculating the number of fence boards required varies on the width of the board and the amount of spacing you will allow between each board.
Hopefully this list is a good start to help you on your way with your fence project. Should you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact Pacific Fence and Wire!
Whether we like it or not it is spring time and that means weeds are starting to pop up everywhere. You may have been working out in your yard or garden last week come back no more than a week later to find a cluster of weeds have shown up. So what is the best way to get rid of weeds?
There are a couple of options ranging from spraying weed killer to pulling the weeds. If you go with a spray, be sure to research what is in it and make sure it is both pet friendly and won’t kill off vegetation in your yard that you want to keep. If you choose to pull the weeds, try to get the root and all so it won’t grow back later. Below are a couple of videos with tips on handling those pesky weeds.
Choosing a fence for your property can be a difficult task. There are so many different types of fences available and you may be installing a fence for many different reasons. When choosing a fence you need to ask yourself why you want a fence installed and what purpose it will be serving. This can range from increasing security to keeping a pet enclosed in your yard.
Security Fence can range in make and style but all serve the same purpose: to keep whatever is inside the fence safe and secure. Whether it be to deter from break-ins or altogether keep people out, these fences vary drastically. If you are looking for a residential friendly security fence your best bet is to go with something both aesthetically pleasing as well as functional. A starting point would be a wooden cedar fence and other options include stone, vinyl and chain link. If you are a commercial outfit it may make sense to install a high security fence with some sort of barbed or razor wire at the top to prevent intruders from climbing the fence.
Another fence type is decorative fence. Fences that fall into this category include picket fences, some vinyl fences, iron fence and more. These fences can also serve as a dual function providing security and enclosures as well. When choosing a decorative fence it is important to also ask yourself if the fence needs to provide security as well. Decorative fences can also bring up the visual appeal on the property and really make your home stand out.
Fence enclosures are typically designed to keep something in. Whether it be a pet, children or livestock these fences all serve the same purpose: keep whatever is inside them from getting out. Depending on your needs these fences can vary drastically. For example, livestock can be kept in with a simple barbed wire fence or post and rail fence. Children and pets, on the other hand, may require a more robust fence installation such as a full 6 foot cedar fence or chain link fence.
Privacy fences serve purpose of creating a visual barrier that both keeps others from looking in as well as blocking noise. These types of fences vary as well from wooden fences to vinyl slatted chain link fences. If noise is an issue it may make sense to install a tall stone fence to truly block out the sound. The main thing the privacy fences is to really assess your need an make a decision based on what best suits you.
As you can see there are MANY different types of fences that serve a variety of purposes. To ensure you get the correct fence that fits all your needs contact Pacific Fence & Wire today for a free estimate. We will walk you through all your options and thoroughly explain the differences in the types of fences we offer. Our number is (503)233-6248 and we would love to hear from you!
Owning a home can require constant maintenance and repair and can be a scary thing for the inexperienced. The good news is that if you are willing to take on a challenge and aren’t afraid to do some basic work yourself, you can save a lot of money on repairs and basic upkeep. You will also reap the benefits of that rewarding feeling of having accomplished something yourself and will gain an overall knowledge of how things in your home work.
Nearly EVERY homeowner has the resources to educate themselves on how to properly maintain their home they just don’t know it. You don’t have to go buy a book, take a class or go to the library. In face, if you are reading this blog you are just a few clicks away from the greatest library of home maintenance available. That’s right, it is the internet.
A simple Google search (or use your favorite search engine) will yield a tremendous amount of do it yourself guides, how-to’s and videos to help you on whatever projects you are about to tackle.
This year Pacific Fence and Wire is celebrating 90 years of fencing in the Pacific Northwest.
In 1921, a German-born immigrant named Eugene Schoenheit, manfucatured his first chain link fence in Oregon. It was the begining of Pacific Fence and Wire Company. Since then, four generations have built a tradition of dependability and quaility in the fence insustry – traits which our customers expect and appreciate every day.
If you are considering a new fence or enclosure this year, now is the time to schedule an appointment with Pacific Fence.
Every year, around spring time, people start getting out of their houses and fixing up their yards in anticipation of summer. This leads to a surge in inquiries for new fences and leaves fence companies swamped resulting in delays in estimates and installations. Don’t put yourself in this situation. If you are looking to get a new fence Now is the time to schedule an estimate! Pacific Fence offers free, no obligation estimates so there is no excuse! What’s more, if you get the ball rolling on a new fence, the job will more than likely be completed just in time for you to enjoy during the summer months!