Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Wood Fence information

"Wood Fence Information" is a popular subject at Handybears: many people refer to wood fences as “wooden fence” or “privacy fence” so before you install a wood fence at your home we’ll give you some really good information that will help you to make the right choice for your yard.

Western red cedar is usually the best choice for a wood fence, because it needs no treatments and will stand up to hot and cold climates and the oils in the cedar are not popular with insects, and that’s a good thing!

Woodfences: or privacy fences as they are often called will give you the most privacy as well as providing safety for your children and pets. Wood privacy fences are usually 6 feet tall and the shadowbox pattern as shown in the picture below is the most commonly installed wood fence. 
Wood fence post should always be set in concrete: your wood fencing contractor, they’ll tell you what’s required by the Building Dept in your area, but we will always recommend fence post set in concrete.

Wood fences: should be installed in the same place as the fence you’re replacing, or if it’s a new fence staying 4 inches inside your property line is a good rule of thumb.

Wood fence repairs: are easy and matching your existing wood and gate hardware is as simple as a call to your local wood fence suppliers. 

Wood fences don’t need to be replaced just because there are a few sections of fence damaged or some loose hardware on the fence; once again a Handyman or a visit to your local wood fence supplier will be all you’ll need to do to find everything you’ll need to repair or replace sections of existing fence. 

Fence post repair: If your fences posts are rotten or they’ve become loose, you can repair them. A Handyman or wood fence builder can drill holes in two places on your wood fence and use pressure treated 2x4’s or cedar to bolster the fence that is loose. If the fence post is cracked or broken at the ground level; replace the fence post by simply digging a new fence post hole and placing a new wood post in concrete and re-level it to match your existing fence.

Gate repair for wood fences: if wood gates are hard to close, make sure they’re not bent. Hinges can be replaced with a larger hinge. Loose screws are a common problem, and a larger hole can be drilled and wood dowels san be pushed and glued in place, and you can drill a new hole where the old holes used to be and use larger galvanized screws to secure the gate. 

Replacing sections of wood fence is the easiest way to fix a damaged section of wood fence, or you can use wood fence panels to match your existing fence.

If you’re getting bids form a Handyman or fencing contractor. 

1. Always get an onsite inspection and don’t pay for an inspection of your existing fence, any Handyman or fence builder should give free estimates.

2. You’ll pay more for pay an average of 10% - 20% in material and installation costs for fences with complex configurations and patterns. 

3. Make sure your wood fence installation includes removal and disposal of existing fence, site grading or improvement, and gate construction.

4. Wood fence estimates should always include costs for post hole digging, post hole drainage rock, posts, post concrete anchoring, fencing materials and all construction supplies for a 6 foot fence, unless you want a smaller or larger fence.

5. High grade, more durable post, extra frame lumber, higher quality fence boards, and sloped terrain installation with decorative fence details can cause the price to increase considerably.
You can save money, by being flexible on scheduling your project during slow periods for the Handyman or fence contractor.

Contact us anytime at with any questions about wood fence repair or replacement.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Thompsons Water Seal for Stamped Concrete

Can we use Thompson's Water Seal on Stamped Concrete?
Absolutely not! We get asked this question all the time at Handybears and the answer is NO, NADA…  

Here’s why.
Thompson's water seal has silicone in it. If you this or any other product with silicone in it, on concrete, nothing will ever (and we mean forever) bond with or stick to your stamped concrete again.

Well meaning homeowners and even Handymen seal stamped concrete with silicone based products and the stamped concrete is ruined.
There are water based sealers for concrete available everywhere, but they don’t have silicone in them.

FYI: if you have stamped concrete installed at your home make sure you write down the name of the sealer used on the stamped concrete, because solvent based water sealers don’t work with water based sealers. We hope this helps and we also hope you haven’t put silicone on your stamped concrete.

Ps, there is nothing that will strip the silicone off of the sealer, so don’t pay anyone to try, it will not work. Sorry for the bad news.