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4 Winter Fence Maintenance Tips

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Are you looking for ways to help your fence survive the harsh winter? If yes, we are here to help by providing you a few tips on how to protect your fence during the winter. Read below.

During winter the weather can be very harsh. There is wind, rain, hail and snow that can harm your fencing. Drastic temperature changes can create many challenges for your fence. It is important to keep your fence in mint condition.  You could do this in the following ways:

Add Fence Stain

Applying fence stain to your fence can protect your fence from cold and harsh weather. Fence stain is great to apply to your fence because it protects your fence from moisture and permanent physical damage. You should always check your fence after a winter storm. If there is visible structural damage, then repairs will be necessary to prevent further damaging of the fence during the winter.

Keep the Area Around Your Fence Tidy

Your fence surrounding area needs to be regularly cleaned. Make sure an abundance of debris and leaves are not surrounding your fence. Leaves and debris can cause cracking to your fence because moisture and drastic temperature changes can cause trauma to your fence material.

Keep Mold Off Your Fence

Make sure you keep mold and mildew build up at a minimum on your fence. Do this by scrubbing mold off your fence occasionally. When scrubbing your fence, look for potential termites that could ruin your fence line.

When Should You Inspect Your Fence

You should inspect your fence at least twice a year. Make sure trees are not growing to your fence. If they are growing, the trees should be cut. Be sure to pressure wash your fence at least once a year. Make sure you keep up paint maintenance on your fence. This will help you prevent your fence from rot.

For more fence tips for winter maintenance, read this article from AndersonCutting.com.

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A 4th of July Menu that will Set Your Barbeque Apart From The Crowd

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Hamburgers and hotdogs. Been there and done that.

You want to make food that people will really enjoy. Give your friends and family a reason to pick your barbeque over all of the other 4th of July feasts taking place this weekend. But how can you put a unique flair on such a traditional day?

First Course

Every party needs finger foods – something for your guests to pick at while the main course is being prepared. But try to avoid serving chips and dip. You might as well just yell out, “I am boring and have no imagination!”

So here are a few, more imaginative ideas (try to spread out the snacks to keep people moving):

Kitchen: Sweet and Sour Meatballs in a crock-pot! Serve with small plates, napkins and toothpicks.

Living room: Build your own nachos. Include: Sour cream, Salsa, chopped olives, onions, guacamole, hot and mild and a good brand of tortilla chips. Add plenty of napkins and study paper plates to avoid spills.

Bar and Pool area: Since the majority of drinks are served in this area serve cheese flavored popcorn, and peanuts in their shells. This area should be spill and litter safe.

Dining Room Table: Selection of hard cheese and soft cheese spreads, grapes, pineapple wedges, melon balls and crackers.

Main Course

Make kabobs of chicken meat, onion, tomato and pepper for guests that aren’t into ribs. Place these on stick the day before the party and let marinate in your favorite sauce until party time. Required cooking time is only about 30 minutes. Cook the chicken after the ribs.

Sides
Place corn on the cob (in their hulls, but cleaned of silks) on the grill for 30 minutes.

Rice Salad:

Recipe: Cook your rice the day before the party. Add scallions, can mushrooms, red peppers, green olives and mayo to hold it all together. Hint: for a great leftover idea add frozen shrimp to the rice salad the next day!

Stuffed mushrooms:

Recipe: remove stem from cleaned mushrooms. Chop stems and sauté in 1 tab butter with chopped onion and green pepper. Remove from heat. Add breadcrumbs and mozzarella cheese, salt and pepper until mixture holds together. Fill mushroom caps with mixture, and bake at 350 degrees until juicy. Can be made ahead of time and just popped in the oven when guest arrive. Keep extra in the oven they stay warm and fresh for hours.

Pasta Salad (vegetarian dish):

Recipe: Tri-colored spiral pasta (wheat for fanatics) cooked but not mush! Onions, chopped tomatoes, marinated Artichoke hearts chopped, and Wishbone Italian dressing. Top with Parmesan cheese and refrigerate overnight

And of course, don’t forget the dessert. Have fun with it. Perhaps bake a red, white and blue cake? It is both patriotic and delicious.

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Effective Fences

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Fence design/style contributes greatly to the overall aesthetic value of your home or place of business. But for the most part, a fences’ appearance is secondary to its overall purpose. After all, most fences are not built as decorations, but rather for a more direct purpose such as security, privacy, to establish borders, or to keep animals in (or out).

This article from eHow.com explains the various reasons (besides decoration) why people construct fences.

Privacy

Privacy fences are used to wall off your yard (or part of your yard) from the rest of the world. They tend to be tall, yet still aesthetically pleasing.

Security

The number one goal of a security fence is to keep intruders out of your yard or place of business. The most common form of this fencing is chain link with barbed wire, however there are more decorative styles of security fence with slightly more curb appeal. A high stone, brick or stucco wall provides a more decorative flair to your security needs. But these fences are still very formidable.

Keep Dogs in

If you have a dog or other pet, you know just how difficult it can sometimes be to keep them in the yard. One way to accomplish this is to install a fence. This will allow you to let your playful puppy run free without having to worry about him/her running away. This can be done with a short chain link fence or a more eye-catching PVC fence.

Keep Deer out

If you live in a suburban area with a high deer population, you know just how annoying it can be to have your fruit trees or vegetable garden constantly invaded. But you will need to make sure your fence is tall enough (at least 8 feet), because deer love to jump.

Whatever the reason, a fence can be a very nice addition to your home. Fences serve specific purposes while still adding to the overall aesthetic value of your home or business. What else can do all that? If you have any questions, contact Hercules Fence by calling (800) TU FENCE or click here today!

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Throwing a Father’s Day Barbeque: Recipe Ideas

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

With Father’s Day right around the corner, many children (and some mothers) are scrambling to find the perfect gift. But what does your dad want? The truth is that most fathers want nothing more than to sit back and relax this Father’s Day. So instead of giving your dad an elaborate (and probably expensive) gift, give him something he will really enjoy – a nice relaxing backyard barbeque. Because let’s be honest, the one thing most dads like more than relaxing is food.

So this Father’s Day, take your dad to his favorite place to eat – his backyard. Below you will find two delicious recipes perfect for your Father’s Day celebration.

1) Best Ever Barbeque Burgers

These grilled burgers taste like gourmet, infused with a saucy blend of sweet onion, garlic, pepper, tomato, steak sauce and crispy breadcrumbs, and are sure to turn your next cookout into one to remember.

Ingredients

1 sweet onion, chopped

1 green bell pepper, chopped

4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed

1 tomato, chopped

2 tablespoons steak sauce

2 pounds ground beef

1/4 cup dry bread crumbs

Salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Instructions

  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil grate.
  2. In a blender or food processor, gradually place sweet onion. green bell pepper, garlic and tomato. Blend into a thick liquid. Mix steak sauce into the mixture.
  3. Pour the blended mixture into a large bowl. Place ground beef into the bowl, and thoroughly mix together. Set aside approximately 15 minutes.
  4. Mix again if liquid is present, then gradually introduce dry bread crumbs until the ground beef mixture is firm enough to form hamburger patties. Salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Form the ground beef mixture into hamburger patties. Cook on the prepared grill to desired doneness.

2) Grilled Chicken and Mango Kabobs

Succulent chunks of chicken, drizzled in a honey-lime marinade and skewered with sweet mango, are as pleasing to the eye as to the palate and bring a taste of the tropics to your kitchen island.

Ingredients

1 tsp (5 mL) grated lime rind

1/4 cup (50 mL) lime juice

2 tbsp (25 mL) vegetable oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 tsp (10 mL) chili powder

1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt

1/4 tsp (1 mL) cayenne pepper

3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, 1 lb (500 g) total

2 tsp (10 mL) liquid honey

2 mangoes

1 sweet red pepper

1 small red or sweet onion, cut into 1-inch (2.5-cm) chunks

Cooking Instructions

  1. In small bowl, whisk together lime rind and juice, oil, garlic, chili powder, salt and cayenne pepper.
  2. Cut chicken into 1-inch (2.5-cm) cubes; place in separate bowl. Pour half of the marinade over top and toss to coat; let stand for 20 minutes. Stir honey into remaining marinade; set aside. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate separately for up to 4 hours.)
  3. Meanwhile, cut off mango flesh from each side of pit. Cut grid pattern of 3/4-inch (2-cm) squares in flesh of each side down to (but not through) skin. Gently push skin to turn inside out; cut off flesh. Chop any flesh left on pit.
  4. Core, seed and cut red pepper into 3/4-inch (2-cm) pieces. Onto each of 4 long or 8 short skewers, alternately thread mango and red pepper pieces; brush with half of the reserved honey marinade.
  5. Alternately thread chicken and 2 or 3 onion pieces onto each of 4 more long or 8 short skewers. Discard marinade used for chicken. Place kabobs on greased grill over medium-high heat; close lid and grill, turning and basting chicken once with remaining honey marinade until fruit is softened and chicken is no longer pink inside, about 8 minutes.

Substitution: Use a small cantaloupe instead of the mangoes.

For more great recipe ideas, visit Kaboose.com

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Decorating Your Backyard Fence

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

If you are looking for a way to spice up your backyard, look no further. We have the perfect solution for you. You can decorate your backyard fence to add an extra aesthetic touch to your yard. This article from eHow.com explains how you can turn your boring fence into the focal point of your entire backyard.

You want your yard to feel as cozy as any room inside your home, correct? Well, do you leave your walls bare and boring inside the house or do you spice them up a bit with pictures, paintings and other decorations? Yea, I thought so.

Why not give your backyard fence the same attention? After all, the interior of your fence acts the same way as the interior of your walls.

How to get started…

  1. Measure your fence. Determine how much of it you want covered with your outdoor wall décor.
  2. Brainstorm for a decorating theme. Good outdoor themes include motifs like sun and moon, grape growing or under-the-sea if your fence is by a pool. Write down your ideas on your spiral notebook, naming some possible pieces that you want like a wall fountain, a sundial or terra cotta plaques.
  3. Shop for the pieces and supplies you’ll need for your project. Purchase the pieces from your list. If you don’t find everything that you’re looking for, but do find comparable pieces instead, buy those as your budget permits.
  4. Create a sketch of your backyard gallery in your drawing pad. This allows you to see how all the pieces will fit together in the composition. All the pieces you purchased from your shopping spree should be on the sketch. The rough measurements between the pieces as well as how much space in inches each piece is going to take up should also be on the sketch. Don’t forget to add the areas where you plan to stencil on designs.
  5. Prepare your fence by sanding down any rough spots and washing it down.
  6. Paint the fence as your decorating plan dictates. This includes the stencils. Let dry.
  7. Mark your back fence using pieces of masking tape. Then use your markers to write the name of the piece that goes on that piece of tape. The tape is the marker for your nails.
  8. Drive nails into the fence where you have placed masking tape markers. For heavier pieces like a fountain, you may need multiple nails or even some sort of heavy-duty wire.
  9. Hang each piece in your backyard fence gallery according to your sketch and the places marked by the pieces of tape.
  10. Assess your gallery to determine if you have enough pieces, too many or not enough. If you have too many, take some down. If you have too few, go buy more pieces or rearrange the pieces you do have until the gallery is just right.

Now your backyard is complete. If you have any questions, contact Hercules Fence by calling (800) TU FENCE or click here today!

How To Protect Your Wooden Fence Posts From Rotting

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Your new wooden fence looks great now, but if you do not properly maintain it, it will not last very long. Sun, wind and especially water can wreak havoc on your fence. But a little preventative maintenance can go a long way to extend the life of your wooden fence.

While simple staining and powerwashing will work wonders to protect your wooden boards, your fence posts are still at risk. But there are measures you can take to ensure your posts last as long as the rest of your fence.

This article from eHow.com explains how to protect your fence posts from rotting.

1.   Remove the wood fence post from the ground. If your fence posts are set in cement, dig under the cement to form a pocket beneath the bottom of the wood post.

2.   Dig a hole with a shovel about 10 inches beneath the area where the fence post will rest. Add about 10 inches of gravel to the hole. Gravel is a loose rock that supports the wood fence post but creates drainage, eliminating pooling of water beneath the wood posts. Pooling water saturates the buried and ground level portion of the wood post, hastening decomposition of the wood.

3.   Paint with a paintbrush the entire wood fence post with a waterproofing sealant intended for exterior wood, such as decks and fences. Paint the portion of the fence post that will be beneath the ground. You can use a garden sprayer to spray the wood sealant if preferred. Home improvement stores sell wood sealant as well as rent and sell garden sprayers for your outdoor projects. According to Ron Hazelton’s Housecalls, when wood absorbs water, it expands. Once it dries, it contracts. This expansion and contraction causes the wood to crack. Cracks allow moisture inside of the wood, which leads to rot.

4.   Pour waterproofing wood sealant into a bucket and immerse the end of the wood fence post that will be buried below ground into the sealant. Allow the post to remain in the sealant overnight. According to We Build Fences, untreated wood posts buried below ground have shorter lifespans because of rot.

5.   Install, according to your method of choice, the waterproofed and sealed wood fence post on top of the gravel drainage layer placed in the fence hole.

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Fence staining tips

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

Okay, after reading our recent posts on staining your fence, we wanted to provide some tips on just how to do it. This page offers some good advice, and here are a couple things to make it easier.

  • Pick a day when there’s no rain forecast for 48 hours before or after. The termperature also needs to be above 52 degrees
  • Begin at the top and work down so you’re only dripping on unstained areas.
  • When you get close to the ground, put some paper bags or cardboard on the ground to avoid picking up dirt in your brush or roller.

But the easiest thing to do is contact us. We can help you get the work done inexpensively and without hassle.

Stain your wood fence before it’s too late

Monday, October 25th, 2010

If you had a wood fence installed over the summer, have you stained or sealed it yet? Without proper treatment, the approaching winter can take a big toll on your fence. Staining couldn’t be done during installation because wood requires a few months to cure. But now’s the right time to do it.

Weather plays a role in staining, however. The temperature can’t be any lower than 50 degrees, and you need to find a day when rain isn’t forecast within a 48-hour period before and after the work. It takes about 24 hours for stain to dry, so keep that in mind as well.

We offer these tips to our customers and all homeowners looking to improve their homes. We support their efforts and stand ready to help further these improvements. Contact us to talk more about your fencing needs.