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  Question of the Week 11/14/06

What are you seeing?
There is a story about how Home Depot had a bad quarter due to the softening housing market, their words "...weakening in the housing market and broader economy...". There has been much talk about the bubble having burst in the housing market.

How is it affecting you? What are you seeing? Question of the Week Blog

Industry News

Merchants Metals Announces New National Credit Manager
Press Release, TX - Nov 10, 2006
Houston, TX - James H. Clem has been named National Credit Manager for Merchants Metals. The announcement was made by Greg Mabry, chief financial officer of Merchants Metals, a division of MMI Products, Inc...
Computer Fencing System Unveils Version 6.0 Upgrade
Press Release, MT - Nov 14, 2006
Latest version features a more flexiable QwikDraw, a built in PDF writer, bar coding and more...
Press Release, IL - Nov 7, 2006
Now the American Fence Association (AFA) can give fence, deck, and railing business people a clearer picture of the industry's trends and where it is headed every month in the new "Industry Pulse" section of FenceSense....
Zareba lands two deals for security fences, yet profit falls 94%
Twin Cities Business Journal, MN - Nov 13, 2006
... fencing system as part of the planned security fence along the Mexican border, said Zareba spokesman Jeff Mathiesen. However, because Zareba makes fences but ...
Baker Sales Inc., a Wholesale Steel Pipe and Fence Supply Distributor, announces the Grand Opening of their new offices
Press Release, Slidell, LA - Nov 10, 2006
... "The devastation brought on by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita brought many hardships to our company and our employees. However, the recovery and rebuilding of the Gulf Coast area has provided an opportunity for us to grow and expand our business. ...

Housing Industry

Home Depot warns over housing slowdown
MSNBC - Nov 14, 2006
By Andrew Ward in Atlanta. Home Depot on Tuesday warned that the US do-it-yourself market had entered a sharp slowdown because of ...

Fences and Neighbors

Dead in Argument Over Oklahoma Fence
ABC News - Nov 10, 2006
Okla. Man Suspected of Killing Self and 3 Others Over Fence Dispute Had Complained to Deputies. By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS. SKIATOOK, Okla. ...
Economist shows good fences do make good neighbors
innovations report, Germany - Nov 10, 2006
... "findings suggest the old proverb may be true: good fences make good neighbors," said Jan Brueckner, professor of economics at UCI and lead author of ...
Do Bad Fences Make Bad Neighbors?
Queens Tribune, NY - Nov 11, 2006
For the last 12 years, Lilly Levinson has stared at a rickety green fence meandering onto her driveway. ... to get the fence removed from their property. ...

Local Government Issues

Fredericktown to build fence around lagoon
Mount Vernon News, OH - Nov 7, 2006
FREDERICKTOWN The Fredericktown Village Council approved a bid for a fence around the lagoon at Warner Park during its meeting Monday. ...
Official wants fence around county jail
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, PA - Nov 10, 2006
Allegheny County Manager Jim Flynn promises to work with county and city officials to erect a perimeter fence that could help prevent contraband from being ...

The Famous and Their Fences

Charlotte Church's fence inquiry
BBC News, UK - Nov 7, 2006
... A Cardiff Council spokeswoman said: "The fence is over 2m (6ft 5in) high so it needs planning ... People living near the house said they did not mind the fencing. ...

Community Issues

Construction fence causing frustration for businesses
Manville News, NJ - Nov 8, 2006
... don't like fences, but the town's easements have all been repaved - everything the town has legal access to," Mr. Korn said. Mr. Korn said that the fence was ...
Channel 2 to install new fencing
Buffalo News,  United States - Nov 8, 2006
... is about to test the old adage "good fences make good ... The black steel fencing will be installed in the next ... approval to erect the wire coil-topped fence in the ...
Villagers angered by fencing at priory
East Anglian Daily Times, UK - Nov 6, 2006
... He compared fencing off The Bury to fencing off Hyde Park in London: "You would not be talking about the quality of the fence you would be talking about ...

USA Mexico Border Fence

Dem Congress may scrap border fence
United Press International - Nov 13, 2006
By SHAUN WATERMAN. WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- The incoming US Congress will review the law mandating 700 miles of fence along the ...
Fence will hurt US-Mexico relationship
Contra Costa Times, CA - Nov 13, 2006
The relationship between Mexico and the United States has never been the best. I believe that with building the wall, the little relationship that the two countries have will disintegrate and leave in place of that more bitter feelings. The building of the wall is unnecessary...

USA Mexico Minuteman Fence

Minuteman Border Fence Update
The Conservative Voice, NC - Nov 12, 2006
... 9/06. This is enough steel mesh to complete this phase of the first 1/3 mile of the foundational "no climb" fence layer. More steel ...

Schools and Fences

Ilion school may install fences in front of bleachers
Herkimer Evening Telegram, NY - Nov 14, 2006
... concerns about safety, Ilion school district officials are considering putting fences in front ... Ken Long said he had obtained one estimate for fencing at $3,100 ...
Fences helping schools to keep outsiders out
St. Petersburg Times, FL - Nov 9, 2006
... spend nearly $600,000 adding security fences to 38 ... a committee to look into setting standards for fencing. ... says, there's no consistency in fence planning for ...

Fences and Volunteers

Volunteers to erect fence Saturday on Mukluk property in Sprague
Norwich Bulletin, CT - Nov 7, 2006
SPRAGUE - A crew of volunteers will work to put up a fence around a 15-acre area at the Mukluk nature preserve on the Shetucket River starting at 8 am ...

DIY - Consumers

Do fence me in
Cherry Hill Courier Post, NJ - Nov 10, 2006
Prepare to be overwhelmed with choices if you're planning to buy a fence. Consumers must consider materials, colors, cost and styles -- and manufacturers keep coming out with new options every year ...

Fences and Animals

Duct tape helps owner fix deer-killing fence
Oakland Press, MI - Nov 11, 2006
By ANN ZANIEWSKI. The owner of a house on Widgeon Way has covered the pointy spikes on the top of his fence with horizontal strips of black duct tape. ...


Investors sanction ATF sale
Courier Mail, Australia - Nov 9, 2006
The temporary fencing company said yesterday that its shareholders had approved the sale to the consortium of private equity investors and senior ATF management ...
Saudi promises "security fence" along Iraq border
Reuters AlertNet, UK - Nov 14, 2006
KUWAIT, Nov 14 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia will next year start work on a planned security fence stretching 900 km along its border with Iraq to prevent Islamic ...
Israel Planning Security Fence on Egyptian Border
Arutz Sheva, Israel - Nov 13, 2006
(IsraelNN.com) Israeli military officials are planning a 250-kilometer (155 mile) advanced technology fence along the Egyptian border to stop terrorists and ...
Army installs a barbed wire fence near Azone Village
International Middle East Media Center, Palestinian Territories - Nov 13, 2006
The Israeli army started to install a barbed wire fence on the southern farm lands that belong to Azon Village, south of the West Bank city of Qalqilia on ...

Weird News

Man survives walk into spinning airplane propeller
Canoe Network CNEWS Nov 13, 2006
A 50-year-old man is recovering in Winnipeg's Health Sciences Centre from injuries he suffered when he walked into a small aircraft's rotating propeller blades yesterday in the hamlet of Kleefeld, 45 km south-east of Winnipeg...

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