Weekly stories, facts, trends and other information from around the globe March 17, 2009  
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Industry News

Master Halco carries illusions PVC Fencing
Press Release  - Mar 8, 2009
ORANGE, Calif. — Master Halco, Inc., the leading distributor and manufacturer of fence systems in North America, has added Illusions® PVC as the latest addition to its line of fencing products...
Dimished Art of "Hand Spitting" Grapestake Fencing, Fence Rails ...
PR Web (press release)  - Mar 11, 2009
As thoughts turn to Spring, warmer weather and the prospects of replacing your old fence or building a new Cedar Fence come to mind, until now anyway; there were not to many options to choose from...
Bobcat T110 Compact Track Loader
ForConstructionPros.com  - Mar 17, 2009
WEST FARGO, N.D. - Bobcat equipment has always been helpful in completing work that needs to be done in areas that are difficult for other equipment to access. Working in residential backyards or other hard-to-reach areas is now even easier with the new Bobcat T110 compact track loader..

Decking Industry News

AZEK(R) Building Products and Archadeck Announce Partnership
PR Newswire (press release)  - Mar 17, 2009
SCRANTON, Pa., March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- AZEK Building Products, a leading manufacturer of premium low-maintenance exterior building products and Archadeck, a franchise business of Outdoor Living Brands...
Discover Profits with Hidden Deck Fasteners
Building-Products.com  - Mar 11, 2009
NEARLY a decade ago, hidden deck fasteners began emerging as a valid alternative to traditional deck nails and screws. Homeowners started realizing they could extend the life of their decks while enjoying a pristine, ..
How to deck ahead
DiyWeek.net  - Mar 11, 2009
Richard Burbidge has launched Deckplanner, an online planning service that provides stockists, building professionals, landscapers and homeowners with an interactive step-by-step guide to outdoor balustrade and decking design ..

Fence Contractors in the News

Fencing Company Admits Failure to Call Before Digging
Bristol Herald Courier  - Mar 12, 2009
A McCall Commercial Fencing official blames haste for the natural gas leak that shut down much of downtown Bristol on Tuesday. Company Vice President Brad Sorrow was supposed to ...
Company Tried to Cover Its Gas, Official Says
TriCities.com  - Mar 11, 2009
The company responsible for Tuesday’s natural gas leak in downtown Bristol called in a dig request after the fact, a state official said Wednesday. Even though failing to acquire a permit before digging is a misdemeanor, it remains unclear if any charges will be filed against McCall Commercial Fencing,...
Contractor charged with home improvement fraud
Stuff.co.nz  - Mar 17, 2009
A 30-year-old contractor from Maryland was arrested for not honoring a contract last year to install a vinyl fence for a Rehoboth Beach resident, Delaware State Police reported today...

The Famous and Their Fences

Clapton wins battle to build fan-proof fence
This is London  - Mar 13, 2009
Eric Clapton has won a legal battle with council planners to prevent fans peeping over his garden gate by building a huge fence. The 63-year-old guitarist was...

Local Government Issues

Design fault found in alley gates
South Wales Echo , UK  - Mar 14, 2009
A COMMUNITY safety scheme that has cost hundreds of thousands of pounds in South Wales has been dubbed “useless”. Concerns have been raised about the effectiveness of some of the locks used in the alley gates project...
$500K white picket fence
Northern Territory  - Mar 15, 2009
THE Territory Government is set to spend up to half-a-million dollars replacing a 10-year-old white picket fence. The Department of Planning and Infrastructure has advertised a "future tender opportunity" to upgrade the perimeter fence at Government House ...
Larimer County howls at wolf refuge over new fences
Denver Post  - Mar 14, 2009
A Larimer County wolf sanctuary says it has been ordered to tear down newly built fences on its property or face possible closure....
Disputed fence stands ... for now
MPNnow.com  - Mar 15, 2009
Canandaigua, N.Y. — In a victory of sorts for homeowner Nicholas Vassello, an Ontario County Court judge ruled Wednesday that the town of Victor had no legal right to order him to tear down a fence he built in his backyard...

Community Issues

Developers ordered to remove fence
Camden New Journal  - Mar 13, 2009
DEVELOPERS have been ordered by the council to remove an unauthorised 12-foot, barbed-wire topped fence across a public highway. The Camden Market Holdings group, which owns Stables Market...
Commisioner says no to new fence
Mcalester News Capital  - Mar 14, 2009
Members of the Partners for Animal Welfare Society say they were ready to pay for building a chain-link fence to be used as an exercise area for dogs held at the Pittsburg County Animal Shelter, ..
Residents seek fence bordering park instead of berm
Alton Telegraph  - Mar 16, 2009
Because the park's design consultant moved planned baseball diamonds, reducing the number from eight to six, farther from Belmont residents' property line, some residents want a vinyl fence instead of a berm...

USA Mexico Border Fence

Border fences grow, as does debate that rages over them
Arizona Daily Star  - Mar 15, 2009
NOGALES — Three men prop a ladder on top of a tree branch and lean it against a 15-foot border fence made of steel tubes so close together a man can't fit his head through...
Floating fence helps border patrol
KYMA  - Mar 15, 2009
In the ongoing battle to secure the country, a new border fence now sits in the Imperial County sand dunes. Border patrol says it cost nearly $40 million to build. But unlike other fences this one can actually "float."...
Nader group sues feds over border fence documents
Merced Sun-Star  - Mar 15, 2009
AP McALLEN, Texas -- A nonprofit group founded by Ralph Nader has sued the government on behalf of a professor seeking documents about the border fence...


DIY - Consumers

6 Fence and Gate Repair Tips
HobbyFarms.com  - Mar 16, 2009
Keeping fences and gates in good repair is an important part of maintaining a farm, whether large or small. Good fences help keep livestock safely housed: A sagging fence or gate, broken wires, and downed or loose poles may tempt animals to make a break for it—out on a busy road or into hostile territory..
Decks and fences need periodic maintenance
The Coloradoan  - Mar 16, 2009
Cedar fences are maintained using the same approach as wood decks. A grayed cedar fence can be restored with careful cleaning and re-sealing..
Diy Donny: Help Me Stop The Rot In My Fence
Glasgow Sunday Mail  - Mar 15, 2009
Q: My fence is in a bit of a state as some of the posts are rotting in the ground. Is it possible to fix this without replacing the fence? ..

Schools and Fences

School's effort to keep pupils safe stymied
Stuff.co.nz  - Mar 17, 2009
A Northland high school's efforts to keep its pupils safe has been stymied by red tape. Whangarei District Council says barbed wire on Kamo High School's perimeter fence breaches bylaws and has ordered it removed..
Chainlink fence behind Socorro Student Activities Complex still in planning stages, district officials say
El Paso Times  - Mar 10, 2009
Chainlink fence behind Socorro Student Activities Complex still in planning stages, district officials say..


Battles: Jail fencing project 'ready to roll'
Norwalk Reflector  - Mar 11, 2009
The construction project intended to keep jail inmates from purposefully jumping from or falling off pod balconies just got a bit more expensive...

Fences and Neighbors

Victor on the fence over neighbors' yard divider
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle  - Mar 15, 2009
VICTOR — A court has, at least for now, stopped the removal of a fence in a Victor couple's back yard, but Town Attorney Sheila Chalifoux said that the underlying issue in this case — the validity of the agreement cited by the town to prohibit the fence ..

Fences and Animals - Pets

Good fences could make good neighbors
Arlington Advocate  - Mar 14, 2009
While compromises have been attempted, there’s still a division between those who want to run their dogs off-leash in town, and those who are worried about the dangers of loose dogs. Both sides have a point...
Dangers outside, boredom inside Can we do better for our cats?
San Francisco Chronicle  - Mar 17, 2009
Cat enclosures and fences - There's probably no better way to give your cats safe exposure to the outdoors than building the feline equivalent of an aviary....

Fences and Animals - Wildlife

Fences and spray help keep deer, rabbits at bay
Belleville News Democrat  - Mar 13, 2009
Q. We have been had a lot of plant damage by deer and rabbits. What can we do to prevent this from occurring again? We may have to replace some of these plants, depending how they do later this spring...

Pool Safety

Fence me in; pool gets new chain link
Pryor Daily Times  - Mar 14, 2009
The City of Pryor may replace the chain link fencing around the city pool. The budget and personnel committee approved the purchase of chain link fencing in a Tuesday budget meeting ..

Fences and Weather

Farmers fume over delay in fixing fire damaged fences
ABC Online  - Mar 13, 2009
Tasmania's main farming body has accused the State Government of stalling on paying an insurance claim made by a farmer whose fences were destroyed by a fire...

Community Fence Projects

Memorial Gets Money for Fence
WSET  - Mar 17, 2009
Danville, VA - The Danville Veterans Memorial is closer to building a surrounding fence. The committee received a $10,000 check from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 647 Monday morning. They need about $200,000 to build the fence and with this donation, they're more than halfway there...
'Humble' vet heading up fence plan at cemetery
Dayton Daily News  - Mar 12, 2009
On a recent beautiful spring-like day, the Dayton National Cemetery landscape at 4400 W. Third St. was bathed in bright sunlight with the 44,000 white marble headstones reflected in the sun...

Fencing and Railroads

Former MP intervenes in railroad fence dispute
Windsor Star  - Mar 12, 2009
Former Essex MP Susan Whelan met Thursday with CN Rail officials at the request of some Lakeshore residents worried about the impact of the safety fence Via plans to build along its tracks this spring....


International Borders

Myanmar moving to fence border
Bangladesh News 24 hours  - Mar 16, 2009
Dhaka, March 16 (bdnews24.com)—Defying a bilateral accord, Myanmar has started fencing along the Bangladesh border, according to government officials in Dhaka. The officials say some 200 "troops" have also been stationed just on the other side of the demarcation line..

Weird News

Hunter busted for attaching antlers to dead doe
Canoe, Canada  - Mar 9, 2009
BURLINGTON, Vt. - A man who bolted antlers to the head of a dead doe and posed for a photograph with the deer was fined $400 and jailed for game violations...

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