Being from the country, I was never inclined to like nor
need a backyard fence. I thought they were ugly and made me feel locked in and
shut other people out. After I moved into an urban area, I started to feel
differently about them and saw more of a need for a backyard fence.
While I still didn’t like them, I was forced to come up with a backyard fence plan of some sort, if for no other reason than to keep my pets in my yard and my neighbor’s critters in theirs. I really didn’t know where to start. I knew I needed a backyard fence for privacy, but what kind? I certainly didn’t know how to build a backyard fence. Should it be made of wood? Brick? Chain link? On top of that, I didn’t know anything about fence gate hardware!
I didn’t even want the stupid thing in the first place, and
now I was forced with a big decision, not just about a privacy fence, but about
what type would increase the value of my home. One of my neighbors had a
backyard decorative fence wire woven, and it seemed to keep in the good and
keep out the bad, but not obstruct the view.
The only thing I did know for sure was that our neighborhood
was changing. The kids were cutting through the yard and snooping around, and
even strangers would occasionally pass through. It started to get a bit creepy,
should provide you with many years of service; more if you make certain that it
is adequately preserved and you carry out routine maintenance check-ups.
If at all
possible, buy fence timber which has been factory-impregnated with
preservative, as this is considerably more effective in infiltrating below the
surface of the wood than home applied treatments. When erecting a fence, any
cut ends must be soaked in preservative for a day before use.
fences are built of natural rot-resisting timber, like cedar or oak, you\’ll
also need to treat them regularly with a wood preservative. Re-apply
solvent-based products every two or three years and water-based preservatives
or creosote every four years.
an effective and popular treatment for preserving fencing. Nevertheless, it’s
got a very strong smell, which many people may find objectionable. It’s also
poisonous if inhaled, ingested or absorbed through your skin, which means you
must wear protective clothing when applying it. Because of this, creosote isn’t
suitable for fences which support plants.
Water Based Preservatives
generally a lot less noxious to plants and also less unpleasant to use. They
prevent the growth of surface molds and enhance the physical appearance of the
timber. However, they’re normally less effective at controlling rot.
of preservatives produce a barrier that helps prevent water penetration, making
the timber too dry for bacterial action.
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