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Who is required to have a fence?

December 17, 2011 by  
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The following are typical area’s that are required to have a fence:

  • facilities with open high-voltage equipment (transformer stations, mast radiators). Transformer stations are usually surrounded with barbed-wire fences. Around mast radiators, wooden fences are used to avoid the problem of eddy currents.
  • railway lines (in the United Kingdom)
  • fixed machinery with dangerous mobile parts (for example at merry go rounds on entertainment parks)
  • explosive factories and quarry stores
  • most industrial plants
  • airfields
  • military areas
  • prisons
  • cosntruction sites
  • zoos and wildlife parks
  • Pastures containing male breeding animals, notably bulls and stallions.
  • open-air areas that charge an entry fee
  • amusement equipment which may pose danger for passers-by
  • domestic swimming and spa pools
  • What is a fence?

    December 15, 2011 by  
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    From Wikipedia:

    A fence is a freestanding structure designed to restrict or prevent movement across a boundary. Fences are generally distinguished from walls by the lightness of their construction and their purpose. Walls are usually barriers made from solid brick or concrete, blocking vision as well as passage, while fences are used more frequently to provide visual sectioning of spaces.

    Functions of a fence

    December 13, 2011 by  
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    A fence can be used for multiple purposes. Before installing a fence it’s good to consider your application to pin down the type of fence you’ll need.

    What primary function will my fence server?

    Keep pets contained

    • Keep children safely in the yard
    • Provide security
    • Wind and/or noise buffer
    • Property boundary
    • Keep livestock contained
    • Add attraction and value to the house
    • Provide privacy

    Empire’s Netting Applications

    December 10, 2011 by  
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    Netting Applications

    Here at Empire Fence & Netting we offer many different netting options to meet the needs of your project. Netting can be a good alternative to fence when used in many sports field applications. All of our netting is made and manufactured in the US and can be custom made to the specific requirements for your project.  Here are several of our most common netting applications:

    Driving ranges and Golf Hitting Cages (Indoor/Outdoor)

    Driving ranges and golf hitting cages offer you the ability to practice your golf game from the even the comforts of your home.  Our golfing nets guarantee that you can safely practice your swing without having to worry about damaging your own property or others.  Nets also provide a quick and easy ball retrieval that will give you more time to focus on your swing and not having to scavenge around to find lost balls.

    Batting Cages (Indoor/Outdoor)

    Batting cages are a great resource for any baseball or softball enthusiast.  Batting cage nettings allow you or your customers to experience a safe practice environment while using pitching machines and practice batting.  Batting cage nettings can be used indoors or outdoors, making them an extremely versatile resource.

    Retractable net partitions (Indoor gyms)

    Retractable net partitions offer a great solution to separating your gym or complex to suit just about any activity that you may need.  Small size nets can be hung from steel cables and slide back and forth by hand horizontally. For larger nets, electric motors raise and lower them to the ceiling at the touch of a switch.  Netting helps make multi-purpose gyms truly multi-purpose! Netting curtains create opportunities for several sports in the same gym at the same time.  Nettings are also opaque giving coaches and others the opportunity to easily monitor activities all across your gym or complex.

    Other common netting applications we offer:

    Backstop nets for baseball

    Bird netting

    Fish netting

    Safety nets (must be designed by professional engineer for specific application)

    Have a netting project that isn’t listed? No problem!  We offer custom solutions that can fit almost any project.  Give us a call toll free at (888)247-8195 or fill out our quote form and we can work with you to provide the perfect netting application.

    Causes of Fence Rot and Rot Prevention

    December 8, 2011 by  
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    Nebraska is often known for its harsh winters and drought stricken summers which causes fencing to go through some of the most extremes.  Over time, wood fencing subjected to wind, rain, and sunlight will deteriorate and often rot will set in.  The most common form of fencing rot is dry rot.  Dry rot is a wood decay that occurs when water damages the wood to the point that all protective oils become diminished.  Fungus sets in and digests parts of the wood that leads to a brittle state and compromises the structural soundness of the fencing.

    The number one way to help prevent this rot from setting in is the use of stain.  Stains restore the protecting covering of bark that is stripped in the production process of fencing.  The stain supplements wood’s natural oils and helps fight against Mother Nature’s toughest elements.  Also check regularly that your fencing is free of debris such as leaves and branches.  Debris traps moistures which can cause rot or even harbor an infestation of termites.  By following these steps, you will ensure that your fencing lifetime will sustain your investment.

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    How to Protect Yourself When Selecting a Contractor

    December 6, 2011 by  
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    Unfortunately we live in a time where not all business and contractors are reputable.  But as a consumer, what can you do in order to protect yourself when choosing a fencing contractor?

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    Before starting, decide what you all your fencing needs will be.  Is security important or are you looking for an appealing look?  Do you want to reduce traffic or other unwanted noises?  Will the fencing need to be pet friendly and prevent animals and children from getting out?  By determining all these things up front, you ensure that you and your contractor are on the same page and that all of your needs are fulfilled.  It also gives the contractor an opportunity to advise you on any possible questions that you might have.

    After deciding what exactly you need, the next step is to find a reputable contractor.  Often the cheapest contractor is not the best contractor for your needs.  Without profits, a business cannot continue to operate. A reputable contractor deserves a reasonable profit. Without it, he cannot remain reputable, or stay in business.  Also be sure to check with possible contractors if they are part of the AFA.  A reputable AFA member will have an insurance certificate and will be happy to provide a copy.  Insurance ensures that you are protected if someone is injured on your property during the installation.

    After finding the contractor for your needs, make sure you have a written contract set up ahead of time.  This will give you a printed estimate for the details of the project and help protect you and the contractor when it comes to payment.  This way you and the contractor both know what is expected up front and that you as a consumer will be satisfied with the end result.

    Benefits of Security Wire Fencing

    December 4, 2011 by  
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    Security FenceThe implementation of barbed and razor wire fencing can be a prominent resource to the security of your business or personal needs.  Security fences provide an inexpensive solution that prevents other persons and animals from trespassing onto your property.  Razor wire is extremely difficult to cut with standard tools and is impossible to climb over that causes discomfort and injury to any intruders.  Security fences also provide a professional look that presents a psychological visual deterrent.  Combined with screening, security fences can also provide privacy and prevent unwanted attention.

    What is Eastern Red Cedar?

    December 2, 2011 by  
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    Here at Empire Fence and Netting we utilize the best available fencing resources.  We are proud to be the only fencing company in Lincoln, Nebraska to use Eastern Red Cedar.  But what exactly is Eastern Red Cedar and what is so great about it?

    Eastern Red Cedar, or scientifically known as Juniperus Virginiana, is a native species to North America including parts of the Midwest, the Gulf of Mexico, and southeastern Canada.  Although its name suggests that it is part of the cedar family, Easter Red Cedars are actually part of the Juniper family.  Throughout history, natives living in areas of the Eastern Red Cedar commonly referred to the trees incorrectly as “cedar” or “red cedar” and thus the commonplace name “Eastern Red Cedar” was adapted.

    The Easter Red Cedar grows in a typical pyramid shape with a tapered off round top.  In its natural habitat, the Eastern Red Cedar can provide shelter for birds and mammals, especially in the winter due to its ability of keeping foliage year round.  The Eastern Red Cedar can grow to upwards of over fifty feet with the largest reported red cedar in North Dakota reaching 51 feet with a canopy spread of 30 feet.

    So what makes the Eastern Red Cedar so great for fencing?  One of the defining characteristics of the red cedar is its drought tolerant ability which helps make it extremely durable.  The wood also naturally contains oil that helps keeps moths and other insects away.  Eastern Red Cedar made into fencing generally lasts fifteen to twenty years and has been known to last for decades.  Lifetime of the wood mainly depends on soil moisture and the freezing conditions surrounding the posts. Overall with its ability to resist drought and survive consistent freezing conditions, the Eastern Red Cedar makes the perfect resource for fencing in even the most demanding seasons of Nebraska weather.