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  Question of the Week 9/19/06

Whom do you sell to?
There was a survey recently in the Wall Street Journal finding that women are involved in 61% of major home improvement projects.

It's certainly not a surprise, but I'm wondering if it's true in the fencing industry too. Who are the decision makers when you're selling a fence?

Do you sell the fence differently depending on who will make the decision? Let us know what's going on... Question of the Week Blog

Industry News

Master Halco Designs Pool Fencing for the 2006 Sunset and Popular ...
Business Wire (press release), CA - Sep 15, 2006
Master Halco's Monumental Iron Series Market Street Fence in Bronze surrounds the lovely pool of the 2006 Sunset/Popular Science House of Innovation in Alamo ...
Chamberlain and A&D Automatic Gates Help California Families
Professional Door Dealer, AZ - Sep 18, 2006
The Chamberlain Group Inc. and A&D Automatic Gates, in Redwood City, Calif., donated electronic gates and gate operators for the residents of the St. ...
SOS Gains International Acceptance
Professional Door Dealer, AZ - Sep 13, 2006
... says there are now several Italian companies using and marketing the SOS, one of which plans to market the SOS along with their Gate Operators in Europe.
Companies vie to build technological fence
Duluth News Tribune, MN - Sep 19, 2006
... The resulting proposals are the latest incarnation of decades' worth of attempts to use technology to create a virtual fence. So far, none have succeeded. ...

Local Government Issues

Murrysville fence fight loses no luster
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, PA - Sep 19, 2006
The fence of multicolored wooden pallets constructed by a Murrysville man likely will stand for at least 30 days. District Judge ...
Normal City Council approves second dog park
Bloomington Pantagraph,  USA - Sep 19, 2006
... others for their owners. The City Council approved a $27,800 bid from Amco Fence Co. Inc., to fence in the area. Little said the ...
Massive park plan is approved
Tallahassee.com, FL - Sep 19, 2006
... St. Augustine Branch; a fence depicting Tallahassee's history; an ornamental protective fence; a dog park; and a parking lot. The ...

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Boy electrocuted climbing school fence
New York Daily News, NY - Sep 14, 2006
A 17-year-old boy died last night after he touched a light fixture while climbing a fence at a Brooklyn school playground, police said. ...
Kin to sue over fence tragedy
New York Daily News, NY - Sep 19, 2006
The family of a 17-year-old boy electrocuted while climbing a fence at a Brooklyn schoolyard plans to sue the city for $10 million, according to papers filed ...

USA Mexico Border Fence

Senate to consider border fence bill
Houston Chronicle, United States - Sep 19, 2006
By SUZANNE GAMBOA Associated Press Writer. WASHINGTON — The Senate will consider a bill calling for erecting 700 miles of fencing ...
House Approves US-Mexican Border Fence
CBS News, New York - Sep 14, 2006
... The nearly 2,000-mile border now has about 75 miles of fencing. Rep. Peter King, RN.Y., said the separate fence bill was needed to show Americans "we can take ...
Border fences -- and fantasies
San Francisco Chronicle,  USA - Sep 17, 2006
AFTER YEARS of debate about what to do about immigration, Congress has been able to agree on one thing: building a border "fence," stretching hundreds of miles ...

USA Canada Border Fence

US eyes fence at north border
Calgary Sun, Canada - Sep 15, 2006
By CP. WASHINGTON -- The US House of Representatives has again endorsed a study on building a security fence along the Canada-US border. ...
Building A Fence On Canada US Border A Bad Idea
770chqr.com, Canada - Sep 14, 2006
... that once lobbied the US government to open its border to Canadian cattle is dissapointed that the Americans are studying a proposal to build a fence along the ...

Pool Safety

Phoenix reduces child swimming-pool deaths to zero; fences, other ...
WLBT-TV, MS - Sep 14, 2006
... They include a state law that requires fences around pools; a Fire Department program that has been providing free fences; CPR and pool safety classes; and ...

Fences in the Courts

City wins right to once-private land
The Herald, WA - Sep 16, 2006
... property. Cowsert agreed with the DeGroots that the city built a cyclone fence topped by barbed wire in the wrong place decades ago. ...
A Nightmare in the Old West
ChronWatch, CA - Sep 16, 2006
... due to existing fences between his property and that of rancher Dee Johnson, it would be impossible for the cows to reach his gate without a fence being cut or ...

DIY - Consumers

JAMES AND MORRIS CAREY: Fence posts died, but we saved the piers
Detroit Free Press, United States - Sep 17, 2006
Recently, we found ourselves forced to rebuild a 35-year-old section of fence that was literally rotten to the core. It's not like ...
THE FEARLESS CONSUMER- Off the fence: Delay has horsewoman on the ...
The Hook, VA - Sep 14, 2006
On April 12 of this year, Knight signed a contract with Kelly Hensley, owner of Timberline Fence Company in Scottsville, for roughly 1,230 feet of four-board ...


Lebanon: Israeli barbed-wire fence a violation
Jerusalem Post, Israel - Sep 13, 2006
... "We expect them to do so as quickly as possible," he said. The IDF said it was repairing the fence along the route set down in a May 2005 UN resolution. ...
India to fence off border with Myanmar
India Defence, India - Sep 18, 2006
The Home Ministry has taken up various measures to accelerate the fencing works along the Indo-Myanmar border to check illegal drug trafficking in the region. ...

Weird News

Upscale neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, plagued by hawk attacks
Canoe Network CNEWS Sep 19, 2006
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) - Residents of crime-plagued Rio de Janeiro have a new kind of predator to worry about - hawks...

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