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Can You Still Buy American Made Fence Material?

June 13, 2013 | by Rick Hoffman

YOU CAN BUY AMERICAN MADE FENCE!

Nowadays, it seems like everything is made in China or some other country. While this may be true for a lot of products, it is not true for all fence products. There are a lot of fence products still made with pride and exceptional quality in the great U.S. of A! In fact, most fence products are still available from domestic manufacturers.

 

American flag eagle

 

GBW, GAW, and Vinyl Coated welded wire fencing materials are all available from US manufacturers such as Riverdale Mills (Northbridge, MA) and C.E. Shepherd (Houston, TX).

Keystone Steel & Wire (Red Brand) produces Field fence, Horse fence, Sheep & Goat fence, Deer & Wildlife fence, barbed wire, GBW welded wire, and other products in Peoria, IL.

Bekaert Corp. manufactures all types of low carbom and high tensile Field fence, Horse fence, Sheep & Goat fence and Deer and Wildlife fence in galvanized, zinc aluminum and black paint over ZA finishes.

Stay-Tuff Fence Manufacturing produces high tensile Deer & Wildlife fence, Field fence, Horse fence, Goat fence and barbed wire in New Braunfels, TX.

Oklahoma Steel makes a wide variety of Field fence, barbed wire, Deer and Wildlife fence, Agriculture panels, Horse fence and GBW welded wire in Madill, OK and Centerville, IA.

Franklin Steel produces top quality steel painted and galvanized studded T fence posts in Franklin, PA.

These companies employ hard working, tax paying Americans! American made products are superior in quality, and are surprisingly price competitive versus imported products. American made products provide an overall better value than lesser quality imports because the fence will last many years longer and will not need to be replaced. Just think of the hassle, expense and inconvenience you will avoid! Just like the old saying “You get what you pay for.”

You may be aware of The Buy American Act which restricts the purchase of supplies that are not domestic end products. For manufactured end products, the Buy American Act uses a two-part test to define a domestic end product.

  1. The product must be manufactured in the United States; and
  2. The cost of domestic components must exceed 50 percent of the cost of all the components.

The Buy American Act applies to all U.S. Federal government agency purchases of good valued over the micropurchase threshold, but does not apply to services. Under the Act, all goods for public use (articles, materials, or supplies) must be produced in the U.S., and manufactured items must be manufactured in the U.S. from U.S. materials. Many states and municipalities include similar geographic requirements in their procurement legislation.

If quality and support of America is important to you, please consider buying products made in the USA the next time you need fencing. Sure you may pay a little more, and you may have to dig a little deeper to find products made in the USA since most retailers and discount on-line sellers primarily sell imported products. But the effort and added costs are well worth it in the long run. Go USA!

Made in USA flag

 

 

Rick signature  Rick VP sales Louis E. Page, Inc.

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How To Tighten Fence With Nothing But Pliers

April 17, 2013 | by Duncan Page

You've worked hard to put up your fence. Everything looks great. The wire mesh is tight and straight. But over time, something may happen that causes the tension in the wire to slacken. What can you do fix the problem? Watch this video and learn how to tighten up your fence using a pair of pliers.

 

 

You can use this simple technique to tighten many types of fencing materials: welded wire fence mesh, woven wire fence, lawn and garden fence, single strand wire, field fence, etc. Keep your fence looking tight and secure!

Do you know of any other different ways to tighten a fence?

 

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How To Pull Your Fence To Get It Tight

March 18, 2013 | by Duncan Page

Ever wondered how to stretch a fence to get it tight? This video shows you how to make and use a homemade fence stretcher you can use to pull your fence tight. In the video, 2"x4" galvanized welded wire mesh is being installed. But this type of stretcher can be used for all styles of woven wire fence as well. Steel stretcher bars are also available to buy, if you don't want to make your own.

 

 

It is important to have a level pull uniformly across the height of the fence to avoid distorting the mesh. The amount of tension is determined by the type of mesh. Welded wire fencing material cannot be tightened as much as woven wire meshes, such as field fence, horse fence, deer and wildlife fence.

Don't forget to bring along a helper like Little Bit!

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What Does Wire Fence Quality Mean To You?

December 4, 2012 | by Don Hillis

poor quality fence rusted broken 

Lesson Learned

I had a project installing a few hundred feet of fencing and only had four days before the weather got worse. I’d done my homework and purchased quality fencing for the install. Suddenly on the last day the rain fell in buckets. I needed to work in the rain so I went to the home improvement store and bought a rain suit that cost less than the “Made in America” brand. Happy with my purchase, I rushed home to finish my project. After changing I walked outside in my suit, bent over to retrieve a post and the bottoms came undone, literally. The seams gave way and I was exposed to the elements until I finished the remaining fence line. I learned that cheap is not always a good thing and quality has worth. Lesson learned. True story.

Variance in quality

The definition of quality is the general standard or grade of something. Excellence, class, value, and worth also refer to quality. What does quality mean to you? Quality means fulfilling the requirements and expectations one has at all times. Quality standards are set to meet minimum legal requirements. However an individual’s requirements are usually higher than legal ones set by authorities. There is a variance in quality or the perceived quality of materials such as wire and cable.

UL verification

UL (Underwriters Laboratory) is a company that evaluates wire and cable products under more than 70 different product categories, using more than 30 Standards for Safety. They’re Verification programs cover safety, performance, quality assurance, unannounced factory follow-up inspection and follow-up testing at UL. Their program helps consumers, distributors and manufacturers identify wire and cabling products that meet nationally recognized safety requirements as well as industry specifications for performance and quality. Users rely on the safety of products that carry the UL Mark. Read more about UL here.

Wire fence quality

Wire mesh made in China is less expensive than mesh manufactured in the United States. This can be due to fewer restrictions, regulations, and government oversight that are a reality in the U.S. However Chinese products are not necessarily inferior but are produced under different standards. Wire mesh made in China is usually less expensive and is suitable in applications where an elevated standard of quality is not essential.

The question to ask yourself before purchasing wire mesh is “What requirements do I need fulfilled and what are my expectations of the product?" This is a good starting point. Next, educate yourself about wire gauges because this is necessary to select the right thickness of wire.

Remember that all wire mesh is not the same and there are different standards of quality.

Lesson learned.

Which is more important to you - quality or price?

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How Badly Did Hurricane Sandy Destroy Your Fence?

October 30, 2012 | by Duncan Page

Fence crushed by hurricane Sandy

 

Does your yard look like this?

Did Sandy wreak havoc on your fence and property?

Has the storm surge and wave action washed away your beach erosion fence and T posts?

Unfortunately this scene is common throughout the wide area of destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy. Combining with another low pressure area, the super storm turned to the west, making landfall in southern New Jersey. Initial estimates of Sandy's cost are in the $30 billion range, possibly more.

If your fence got damaged or destroyed by this storm, you are faced with the decision of what to do next.

Is the damage structural? Will you need to replace the supporting posts and other key pieces and re-build the fence? How long will it take to complete the necessary repairs? You may want to do the work yourself. But with everything else demanding your attention you may not have the time and energy to do the work. There may be other more pressing issues you need to address. Calling in a professional and reputable fence installer to do the replacement work for you would be a good choice. You can relax, knowing the job will be done right.

Is the damage more cosmetic? Perhaps there are just a few pieces that need to be replaced. Can you re-use any of the old pieces to fix it? See if the items you need can be purchased at your local lumber yard or building supply store. If the repair is easy and quick, you can probably do it yourself. Think it through before you make a decision. And if you need professional help, call a qualified fence company.

Do you want to replace your existing fence? Was it old and in need of repair? Had you had grown tired of it? If you had been thinking about replacing it for something more to your liking, this could be the perfect time to make the change. Take advantage of the opportunity. Consult with your professional fence installer. Investigate the new possibilities.

Has wood snow fence been washed away? Snow fence supported by studded T posts is used for beach erosion control. Is there any beach left or has all the sand been washed away? Wave action at the time of high tide combined with the storm surge was very destructive. In many areas beach and dune topography was severely altered. After assessment it will be necessary to determine what the next steps are to protect whatever is left. If you can find the posts they might be able to be salvaged and re-used. If not, they will have to be purchased along with the snow fence.

Did you have any fence damage on your property? Is it something you need to have fixed or replaced? Or will you decide to remove it and not have any fence?

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