This Fence was No Match for Alaska’s Moose

54219656 - male moose against backdrop of mountainsThere are plenty of problems that you might expect to break down a strong fence, like hurricane winds or an angry mob. But what about moose? That’s the problem that Anchorage, Alaska is now facing after moose broke right through a fence in an effort to obtain female attention. The story was brought to the media’s attention by Bryan M. Anderson, who was spending time looking for moose with his daughter on a Sunday morning in Anchorage’s largest park.

The Alaska Moose

The moose is an animal that most people in the United States know little about. It’s not exactly like deer or squirrels that are easy to catch in their natural habitat in the continental US. Quite the opposite, the Alaska moose lives predominantly in Alaska to Western Yukon and tends to roam independently. If moose do come together, it’s for mating and mating competition purposes, especially in the autumn and winter. In fact, scientists have documented just how aggressive male moose become when they have their eyes on the same female. (more…)

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Fence Dispute Highlights the Importance of Property Lines

46733607 - image of a decorative cast iron fence.An unlikely conflict has arisen in Connecticut between a bakery and a 92-year-old town resident. Ann McCarthy has lived in her home on Grant Avenue since 1953 and has always enjoyed the full space of her driveway. After more than 50 years of embracing the land as her own, the bakery next store, Mozzicato DePasquale Bakery and Pastry Shop, is preparing to construct a fence that would be installed directly down the middle of McCarthy’s driveway.

When owner Rino Mozzicato asked permission to install the new fence, he cited liability issues as his reason. McCarthy requested a public hearing to try and stop the motion, but the commission rejected her request and reminded her that the bakery’s fence location would be legal and in compliance with all land use rules. (more…)

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After Three Years of Effort, This Man Still Cannot Build His Fence

dog fenceRoss Callahan learned the hard way, the very hard way, that building a fence requires the approval of a number of community entities. Callahan’s journey started in 2013 when he wanted to install a simple, attractive fence in his backyards to provide his dogs with the freedom to run and play. His neighbors had built similar fences over the years without asking permission, but Callahan and his wife didn’t feel right building an entire fence without the correct approvals.

So began a three year journey laced with frustration, disbelief, and many surprising developments. Back in the summer of 2013, Callahan asked the St. Paul’s department of safety and inspections for permission to build a dog fence, and was told he needed to obtain a property survey, mark his corners, and show the documents to the city. Unfortunately, that survey brought to surface a number of unpleasant realizations.

Not only did Callahan’s eaves hang over his neighbor’s property line, but an easement covered half his plot of land and extended so far into his back yard that it encompassed his entire living room. An easement is a slice of land dedicated to the public to accommodate things like utility lines. Behind the easement sat a park path that was allegedly being maintained by a homeowner’s (more…)

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Fencing Not Enough to Stop Pokemon GO Players

cell phonesPokemon Go has been taking the world by storm over the past few months. The free, location-based game that augments reality to encourage players to catch Pokemon has revived older fan bases that loved Pokemon as children, in addition to younger new fans that are eager to join the Pokemon revolution. Pokemon Go essentially utilizes a mobile phone’s GPS capabilities to allow players to locate, capture, battle, and train virtual Pokemon creatures that appear on the screen as if they really existed. The game requires movement is very competitive, inspiring millions of users to lace up their sneakers and go exploring in their communities. (more…)

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The Most Important Qualities in a Fence Contractor

contractYou have probably heard the horror stories of criminals who pose as fence contractors, collect a hefty deposit from unsuspecting homeowners in need of a fence, and then disappear into the night to rip off another innocent customer. The fact that this happens at all is scary, and makes it all the more important for you to pick a truly reliable and honest contractor when you begin your next fencing project. To ensure that you are in good hands and your money will be used to complete the fence that you have envisioned, double check that your chosen fence contractor meets all of these qualifications.

Bonded: Many people hear this term but aren’t entirely sure why it is so significant. If your fence contractor is bonded, it means that he offers a guarantee of performance and can protect against any losses that occur due to the actions of his employees. It can be seen as a warranty in essence, and many contractors will even offer to make changes for free if you are not satisfied with the end result. (more…)

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Protective Fences in the Community

7468555 - dirt road at island park idahoIf you stop for a second to consider the role of fences in your community, you’ll notice that fences surround countless homes, businesses, and commercial enterprises. These fences may serve aesthetic, practical, or security purposes, or a combination thereof, which is why fences are available in such a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. However, it’s also common for fences to protect humans and wildlife alike from unpredictable dangers.

Fences to Protect Drivers

Depending on where you live, you might on a daily basis drive down roads that have been paved through rocky mountainsides. For motorists along Redbud Trail in Texas, in particular, the roads are often the destination of dangerous falling debris. The high winds in the area, combined with heavy rains that loosen rocks along the cliffs, made the simple act of driving between Lake Austin Boulevard and Redbud Isle a risky choice. (more…)

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Why Fencing So Frequently Causes Controversy

fence partyNot all fences are idyllic white picket fences that wrap around suburban homes; there are many fences that actually make headlines because of the controversy they cause. These stories just emphasize how important it is to carefully consider the type and placement of any fence, as well as the fencing company, before work begins.

Deception and Theft

When the Zehr family chose McMurphy’s Fencing to install a $2,000 vinyl and chain link fence to keep a retention pond gator away from their dogs, they trusted the company’s claims of quality craftsmanship and work ethic. Mr. and Mrs. Zehr even agreed to pay $1,100 up front upon signing the contract with the company’s owner and employee, Jacob McMurphy. (more…)

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Invisible Fences Aren’t Always the Best Pet Solutions

dogInvisible fences have become very popular in the past years for homeowners looking to contain their dogs without installing an entire physical fence system. But as many dog owners can tell you, the invisible fences are hardly reliable and they actually have many downfalls. If you are debating the best way to keep your dog safe but happy, while still helping your yard look attractive, a professionally installed fence is the best way to go.

The Downfalls of Invisible Fences

Invisible fences are also called wireless or electric fences, and they work with a wire installed around the perimeter of your yard. The wire is set to emit radio signals that are sent to your dog’s collar, and when Fido steps too close to the invisible boundary, his collar beeps a warning. If your dog ignores the warning beep and gets even closer, he receives a small shock to discourage him from crossing. (more…)

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Changing Fences with Changing Times

the white houseThe White House, along with the Statue of Liberty, is the ultimate symbol of American patriotism. Every day, thousands and thousands of people flock to Pennsylvania Avenue to look at the famous building where the President lives and conducts business that determines the success and wealth of the American people. But not all visitors arrive at the White House with the best of intentions, and White House security is trying to keep up.

The White House fence is currently about seven feet tall, and plenty of people have taken advantage of its unintimidating height to jump over. There are a plethora of news stories proclaiming, “Man Jumps White House Fence, Gets Tackled!” or “White House Fence Jumper Released from Custody.” Only one month ago a man threw his backpack over the fence, jumped the fence, and was immediately arrested by the Secret Service. (more…)

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The Symbol of the White Picket Fence

fence white picketA white picket fence is more than just an assembly of wood used to outline a home’s lawn.  In America, the white picket fence has become an icon since its early use during the colonial era.

Practical Use of the White Picket Fence

On the practical side, a white picket fence is an attractive way to keep children and pets in the yard without blocking the new from the road. Most white picket fences aren’t more than four feet tall in order to maintain an open yard feeling. A horizontal top rail and bottom rail are easily attached to fence posts and installed into the ground for a symmetric and uniform appearance. Throughout history these fences were constructed of wood and painted white, but today other non-wood options like vinyl and PVC have also become popular. (more…)

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