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Which Type Of Gate Is Best For My Privacy Fence?

Friday, July 13th, 2018
privacy fence

This simple guide will help you choose the best kind of gate for your residential privacy fence.

When you’ve already made the investment in a privacy fence, you want a gate that works well too. Choosing the right kind of gate, however, may not be as easy as it seems. You want your gate to match the general style of your fence but also do a great job at keeping your home out of public view. This simple guide will help you choose the best kind of gate for your residential privacy fence. (more…)

The Benefits of Turnstile Installations

Saturday, March 30th, 2013
Do you need a gate or frame work for your commercial property? If yes, you will turnstiles installed.
What are turnstiles?
Turnstiles are gates or frame works designed for controlling access.
A typical turnstile can be installed in high security commercial businesses, sporting arenas and local businesses.
There are three types of turnstiles:
1. Full Height Turnstiles. This type of turnstile only permits one person at a time or the turnstile can be custom-made to provide large system of access for areas such as stadiums. Turnstile can be powder coat,stainless steel, or a galvanized finish.
2. Optical Turnstiles.  This turnstile is barrier free and identification card readers can be enabled to gate access.
3. Waist High Turnstiles. These turnstiles are perfect for military bases, subways, sporting arenas and amusement parks.
What are the benefits of turnstiles?

1. They are excellent physical barriers.

2. Turnstiles are cost effective access control systems.

3. The turnstiles are consistent compliance. For example, terminated employees access cards will become invalid.
4. Deterrence. You can protect your commercial property from theft and physical damage from unauthorized individuals.
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The Advantages of Installing A Vinyl Fence and Gate

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Hercules Fence benefits from a 5-Star Fence Contractor Membership program called Life of the Sale and Show Me the Money

Are you considering installing a vinyl fence and gate in your home? If yes, we are here to tell you about the advantages of having a vinyl fence and gate. Read below to find out about these great advantages.

A vinyl fence is a fence that can last for years to come and it does not need high maintenance. Vinyl fencing comes in many sizes and combinations, making it a great fencing to customize to your specific needs.

Why You Should Choose Only Vinyl Fencing?

Vinyl is a great fence because it has advantages over wood, being five times the strength of wood. This makes vinyl fencing very durable. Vinyl is also better in flexibility than wood. So, if you live in a high wind and storm region, your vinyl fence is less likely to break and collapse.

Vinyl fencing advantages get better. If you are worried about your fence losing its color, vinyl fencing will have you feeling stress free because it does not lose its color. You will not have to buy paint to make your fence look outstanding; it can continuously look outstanding without hassling you. Your vinyl fence will not rot and it is non-toxic, making it safe for children and pets alike.

So what are you waiting for? Let Hercules Fence install your vinyl fence today!

Hercules Fence has recently benefited from a 5-Star Fence Contractor Membership program called Life of the Sale and Show Me the Money. Through the program, Hercules Fence has mastered selling Bufftech and CertainTeed high quality products, such as Vinyl Fencing. Hercules Fence is continuing this program throughout 2012.

Hercules Fence does not only install residential, commercial and high-security, high quality fencing but also Hercules Fence donates products and labor to charities, as well as, ABC’s remodeling project called “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”.

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How To Create a Magical Christmas in Your Backyard

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Want Christmas to be magical? If yes, create a magical Christmas in your backyard. Read below to learn how.

Enter Your Magical World

Create a beautiful gate way to your magical world. Use a conventional or innovative gate design. Use lights to brighten your pathway. Find a way to make any guest to your special place eyes pop with excitement.

Name Your Backyard for the Holiday.

Be creative. Create a name that is close to your heart. This is your world. Make it a place of beauty. Make it a place that comforts you. Make it a place of joy.

Populate it with creature ornaments.

Make your backyard an enchanted place with animal ornaments. Use fairies, unicorns, reindeer and bunny ornaments in your backyard design.

Write a story about your magical land.

Make your backyard have a story line. The children will love it, especially if you tell the story on Christmas Eve. Put light decorations and greenery on your fence.

Hide Christmas gifts in the backyard.

Make the backyard a special play for Christmas by hiding small gifts throughout the backyard filled with toys or candy canes. Let the kids play a game to find the hidden gifts.

For more magical Christmas ideas, read this article from

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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.

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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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.


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.


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.

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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 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!

Get the right gate

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

Like most other aspects of a chain-link fence, you have a few options when it comes to choosing a gate for it. This page summarizes the primary choices you’ll need to consider.

Walk-through or drive-through
This mainly concerns the width of the gate. Will you need to allow a car to drive through the gate or not. Typically, a walk-through gate consists of one panel and will allow a person or possibly a lawnmower to move through it. A drive-through gate usually incorporates two panels that latch in the center.

Swing or sliding
A swing gate pivots on a hinge like a door, while a sliding gate operates sliding glass door by moving along the fence. While swing gates appear in either walk-through or drive-through varieties, a sliding gate is almost exclusively used in a drive-through context. Sliding gates are ideal for incorporating electronic opening systems.

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Gate access systems

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

If you decide to have a gate installed for your driveway, one decision you’ll soon have to make is what access system you want.  Ease of entry and security are the two main, and sometimes opposing, factors to consider.  Here are some of your options.

Transmitter and pushbutton systems minimize the hassle you and your guests experience when entering your driveway.  The gate can open either when a car approaches or when the driver pushes a button. Obviously, when it comes to security, these options don’t offer much more than the simple presence of a gate.

Touch pads require a code be entered correctly for access and obviously provide a homeowner much more security but aren’t as easy for guests to deal with.  An intercom system combined with a keypad is a good compromise that lets you open the gate for guests from inside.  Swipe card access systems are mostly used by commercial clients but we can install these for residential clients as well.

There are a few notification/remote options available.  Homeowners and open gates with a button inside the home.  They can also be notified through a dedicated phone line or via a cell phone.

If you’d like more information on driveway gates or these access options, contact us. We can demonstrate these options and help you figure out the right system for you.

Do you need a driveway gate?

Friday, October 8th, 2010

The reasons for installing an automated gate for your driveway may initially seem obvious. They provide added privacy and security for your home and can make your property more attractive. But there are a couple other benefits of gates that you may not have considered.

Keeping things in
Gates can be a great way of keeping children and pets from getting out of your yard. When someone is coming and going, it gives you the chance to make sure you know where the kids and animals are and restrain them if necessary.

Keeping things out
People aren’t the only things homeowners want to keep out of their yards. Many spend a lot of money on tall fences to keep deer out only to leave wide opening for them at the driveway. Tall gates that compliment a deer fence are available and effectively keep deer out.

If you’re looking into an automated gate for your driveway, contact us. We’ll work with you to lay out your options based on your goals, and install the right gate for your home.