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Gate Operators

If you are in the market for a gate and gate operator, you are faced with many choices.  AC or Solar? Slide or swing? Piston or reticulating arm? Then there is the decision of add ons.  Keypad?  Exit probe?  Exit Loop?  Safety Loop?  Edges?  Photo eye?  Card reader? Phantom loop?  Telephone entry? A simple decision […]

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Price Increases

With summer fast approaching, the fence industry is seeing price spikes for material.  We have already been hit with several steel price increases.  With gas prices where they are, and the inevitable higher summer gas prices, we will keep seeing price increases for materials through the end of the year. This ends up hurting both […]

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Custom Gates

I often get asked if I do custom gates.  It was a little scarey first starting out.  I had always built chain link, wood, and ranch gates, but wrought iron gates are a different breed.  There were some upfront costs involved:  mig welder (hard to weld gates with a stick welder), pipe roller, and other […]

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Vinyl Fence

I remember in 1998 at the Fence Convention in New Orleans, vinyl was BIG!  It was the new kid on the block.  There are two main types of vinyl fence:  rail fence and privacy fence. Vinyl rail fence can be 2, 3, or 4 rails.  This is the most economical of any vinyl fence.  A […]

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Readymix

When I first started working for my wife’s grandfather, we would load sand and gravel on the truck every morning, and then pick up sacks of portland cement on the way to the job.  We would mix the 3 ingredients in a wheel barrow on the job-site and make our own cement. Nowadays, we use […]

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Chain Link Fence

Most people are not big fans of chain link fence.  Probably because most of the ones you see are galvanized and remind you of a prison.  But they serve a purpose, and if done right, can look quite good.  Also,  chain link now comes in a variety of vinyl coated colors, most notably black and […]

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Field Fence (Ranch Fence, Net Wire)

There are many products to choose from when it comes to field fence.  There’s Class I, II, and III and high tensile.  High tensile (wwww.staytuff.com) is by far the best product on the market.  It is a fixed knot fence and it will not fold.  Goats can not bend this wire out like they do […]

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Post Hole Depth

The depth of your fence posts will be the single most important issue in building a fence.  It will determine how long your fence remains standing. A simple rule is, height of fence, divided by 2.  4′ fence, posts need to be 2′ in the ground.  And so on.  Soil conditions determine depth of hole, […]

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Affordable Wrought Iron

When we hear wrought iron, we normally think of it has solid steel.  Today, it is considered by most to be square tubing, but the proper terminology would be ornamental iron.  The market is flooded with many choices to choose from, but there are only a few that are worth your money. Ameristar (www.ameristarwww.starfenceandgate.com) in […]

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What does Gate Operator Safety mean?

Children’s, as well as people’s safety should be your biggest concern when purchasing a gate operator.  Slide gates are far more dangerous than swing gates, but both have the ability to kill a child or person. All your gate operator components should be UL 325 compliant. Understanding the New UL 325 Standard The new UL […]

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