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Blog -  Markup & Profit    5/1/07

Markup and Profit is a new feature to FenceWeek. by Michael Stone

Calculating the correct Markup for your company      Heading into the summer months, your fence or deck building business has many financial opportunities. Most of you would like to make a good profit this year. If you didn't last year, you are even more determined to be profitable this year... Markup Blog

Industry News

Home Toys (press release), Canada - Apr 25, 2007
The latest new home technology product from Linear LLC (Carlsbad, CA) just got a major endorsement. During its recent rollout at the International Security Conference/West in Las Vegas, Linear's DMC-10 intercom was awarded a 2007 New Product Showcase (NPS)...
PolyOne Introduces Color and Additive Concentrates for Wood ...
Azom.com - May 1, 2007
PolyOne Corporation today introduced its new OnColor™ WPC color and additive concentrates which are ideal for use in wood-plastic composite applications such as fencing, decking, railings...

Decking Industry News

A Growing Interest in Composite Decks
New York Times, NY - Apr 25, 2007
When Rick Denniston was designing his ocean-view vacation home in Gualala, Calif., 113 miles north of San Francisco, he knew he wanted to build a deck or two to watch gray whales and their calves migrate along the northern California coast each winter and spring...
Deck Safety Experts Warn Homeowners Millions of Decks in Need of Repair
Earthtimes.org  - May 1, 2007
PLEASANTON, Calif., May 1 /PRNewswire/ -- It has been nearly four years since a high-profile deck collapse killed 13 people during a summer party in Chicago ...
Metal, glass and cable railings a long-lasting option for decks
HeraldNet, WA - Apr 19, 2007
Hold on there. Wood is out. Aluminum, stainless steel and glass are in when it comes to railings...
Build a deck: Backyard oasis adds value to home
Press & Sun-Bulletin, NY - Apr 28, 2007
When the nice weather arrives in the Southern Tier, Mickey and Larry Piech like being outside as much as possible. So last fall, the Center Lisle couple had a deck put on the home they've lived in for 34 years. The 12-by-16-foot structure is a place to relax, revel in the sun and enjoy outdoor meals, Mickey Piech said...

Building Industry News

Home Sales and Consumer Confidence Slide
Associated Press/Yahoo News - Apr 24, 2007
The economy provides a sobering reminder that consumers are jittery and the housing market is still a major cloud over growth...

British Fence Shortage

How much wood would China
Marketplace, CA  - May 1, 2007
That's got some normally well-mannered blokes breaking into fist fights over garden fencing, Stephen Beard reports. ...
DIY firms struggling as demand for garden fencing builds up
Edinburgh Evening News, UK  - May 1, 2007
DIY firms were today struggling to keep up with demand for garden fencing after a series of problems plunged the market into a mini-crisis...
Gardeners Set For Higher Fence Prices
Sky News, UK  - May 1, 2007
Shoppers who want to do some work on their garden fencing can expect to be paying more than usual. DIY firms say they are struggling to keep up with demand ...

Fencing and Railroads

Railroad fence obstructing path to city's revitalization
Battle Creek Enquirer, MI - Apr 27, 2007
ALBION - A pesky fence along railroad tracks leading into downtown was but one hurdle an ad-hoc community planners were coming to grips with Thursday. "I think some individual from the railroad just woke up one morning and said, 'We need a fence,'" ...
Residents demand fencing along tracks
Connecticut Post, CT - May 1, 2007
Sand whipped over the embankment as a speeding Metro-North train barreled past a 2-foot-tall cross that marked the spot off Seymour Street where a neighborhood man died Sunday night crossing the tracks ...

Feds and Fences

Uneasy echoes of Berlin in G8 wall
Guardian Unlimited, UK  - May 1, 2007
Looking for a cunning business venture after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Frank Neumann had the foresight to go into fencing - predicting the demand the new free market would create for chic enclosures to cordon off everything from private gardens to sports arenas...
USAREUR: Fencing not mandated in '01 memorandum
Stars and Stripes, DC  - May 1, 2007
Army officials are now amending a statement they issued last week, which declared a mandate was delivered in 2001 that required military housing in Europe to be fortified with fences. "Mandate" was the wrong choice of words, according to a US Army ...

Community Issues

Historic Battlefield fence lined up for facelift
Journal and Courier, IN  - May 1, 2007
BATTLE GROUND - The 130-year-old iron fence surrounding the Tippecanoe Battlefield could soon finally get a much-needed cosmetic boost...
Fence to protect onlookers from 'Reggie' the alligator
KSBY, CA  - May 1, 2007
LOS ANGELES Workers are putting fencing and warning signs up around Harbor City's Lake Machado to protect visitors trying to catch a glimpse of Reggie the...
DOT dismantles Derby-Shelton bridge fence
Connecticut Post, CT - Apr 26, 2007
The metal chain-link fence attached to the sides of the Derby-Shelton Bridge is reminiscent of a prison, a detention center or a military base. It has been called an eyesore, an aesthetic blight and a nuisance ...

Fences and Neighbors

Piqued by fences
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, MO - Apr 28, 2007
...Unfortunately, though, some situations aren't as simple as slapping up a fence and everyone living happily ever after. Fences have been known to stir up ire, rankle already irritable neighbors and escalate ongoing spats. In some instances, neighbors can become so upset with each other that police, lawyers and the government have to step in ...
Bad fences make bad neighbors in Churchton
Annapolis Capital, MD - Apr 26, 2007
Robert Frost mused "good fences make good neighbors," but it appears the poet laureate of New England never spilled a drop of ink about what to do with a bad fence. Like what to do with a roadside silt fence long after construction has packed up and...
Call 3 Problem Solvers: Neighbor Seeks Help To Get Fence Repaired
KCRA.com, CA  - Apr 24, 2007
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. -- There are lots of reasons why people put up so-called good neighbor fences. Instances range from landscaping to privacy to animal control...

Fence Contractors in the News

Maybe owner would like to explain his sign to my girl
Ocala.com, FL  - Apr 29, 2007
I would never buy fence from a company that poked fun at the handicapped. This sign is placed right before a high school. I am sure some of the handicapped children there have seen the sign...

USA Mexico Border Fence

High-Tech Fences Built along Border
KTAR.com, AZ  - Apr 26, 2007
The first of nine high-tech "virtual border fence" towers was put into operation along the Arizona- Mexico border Wednesday...
Fence plans anger mayors on border
Houston Chronicle, TX  - May 1, 2007
The planned border fencing is a key component of the $7.6 billion Secure Border Initiative, an array of fences, vehicle barriers, ground sensors, drone aircraft and thousands of additional Border Patrol agents designed to bring operational control ...

DIY - Consumers

Branch out and try wattle fencing
Baltimore Sun, MD  - Apr 28, 2007
Long before there was vinyl fencing, there was wattle. What? Wattle is the ancient craft of interweaving flexible branches to make fences and other structures. Many people have lived in huts made of wattle. Nowadays, it most often is in the form of fences, arbors, trellises, tuteurs and rustic furniture...

Local Government Issues

Commissioners to divide fencing from old inmate yard
The Decatur Daily, AL  - Apr 25, 2007
The Morgan County Commission settled a dispute over a chain link fence by voting to divide it between District 1 Commissioner Jeff Clark and District 4 Commissioner Stacy George...
Resident wants fence replaced
Visalia Times-Delta, CA - Apr 26, 2007
In February, with city approval, the market's owners removed a 50-foot length of fence that had separated the proposed business from Winslow's tenants...
City wants its residents to properly mend fences
Huntsville Times, AL  - Apr 27, 2007
The proposed fence ordinance states that fences must be "properly installed, constructed and maintained to be vertical, self-supporting and secured in a fashion to resist leaning, falling, collapse or partial collapse, and so as not to create ...
Waynesville faces problems with fences, roads
Waynesville Daily Guide, MO  - Apr 26, 2007
Fencing continued to be an issue for the Waynesville City Council, with several council members warning at the April 19 meeting that proposed fence rules under consideration by several committees could raise costs for homeowners and complicate land ...

Fences and Animals

Fence school
Zanesville Times Recorder, OH  - Apr 30, 2007
Now is the time we begin to turn the livestock out into lush green pastures and begin to build fence. But wait, have you taken the time to check your fences and make sure the electric is hot, trees haven't fallen on the fence from the ice storm ...
Pastoralists call for new rabbit-proof fence
ABC Online, Australia  - Apr 30, 2007
A century after the rabbit-proof fence was erected, pastoralists in Western Australia want the state and federal governments to build another one ...
Farm group considers wild dog fence funding
ABC Regional Online, Australia  - Apr 30, 2007
Western Australian pastoralists and graziers have voted unanimously to pursue a feasibility study into a proposed wild dog protection fence. Last year, the Federal Government offered $100000 to fund the cost-benefit analysis of the 3500 kilometre fence ...

Fencing and Airports

Airport Fence Needs Replacing
13wmaz, GA  - Apr 24, 2007
The City of Macon plans to put up new security fencing at Macon's Middle Georgia Regional Airport in order to stay in compliance with Federal Aviation Administration standards...


Border fence draws barbs from trapped Indian farmers
Boston Globe, MA  - Apr 30, 2007
HUDA DIGAMBARPUR, India (Reuters) - With a towering razor-wire fence and heavily armed guards who kill around 200 people every year, the fence along the India-Bangladesh border is ominous and sometimes dangerous. The fence, which snakes its way through ...
Pakistan angrily reacts to Afghanistan statement on border fencing
News Network International, Pakistan  - Apr 25, 2007
Border forces of the two countries exchanged fire last week after Kabul said its troops tore down part of the fence being erected by Pakistani soldiers...
Afghanistan `will do all it can' to stop fencing
Pakistan Dawn, Pakistan  - Apr 25, 2007
The ministry also denied Afghanistan had apologised for an incident last week in which its troops tore down part of the new fence being erected by Pakistani soldiers, sparking a gun battle which caused no casualties...


Weird News

Illegally parked gator snarls San Antonio traffic
Canoe, Canada - Apr 30, 2007
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - All it takes is one illegally parked troublemaker to tie up highway traffic - especially if it's a two-metre-long alligator sprawled across the pavement....

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