No Picture
General Article

Wood Fence Posts and How I Pulled Them Out

Wood Fence Posts and How I Pulled Them Out

Usually wood fence posts around the United States are set underground at a distance of 24 inches. When placed by the average fence builder they are set in with 80lbs of concrete as a footer to hold the wood fence post in place. Sometimes by the average a do it your self worker, this footer can range anywhere from 10lbs to 120lbs. When these wood fence posts are placed the intention is not as to their removal but with idea of them being permanent. As time and weather occurs these wood fence posts can be damaged and or worse yet they can fail due to rot and breakage.

When the time comes for repair and maintenance or even replacement we forget how easy it was to place them originally and begin to realize with the first few shovel scoops that there is quite a task looming before us beneath the surface. It may be easier to leave that mass of concrete where it rests and shorten or lengthen accordingly, but this typically won’t work for the entire section and causes more problems as your work progresses. I can distinctly remember the thoughts rolling through my mind that there must be a better way as I reach for the sledgehammer. It’s been 2 hours and I’m still on the first post with 25 to go.

After searching and asking I came upon a nice fellow who gave me some cautious but good advice and a solution to my problem. He asked me if I had any axle grease and at that moment I knew I was in for a good story and more than likely a bit of sage advice. He began to describe how he had to frequently do it on a ranch he was once installed to maintain. He told me that of the hundreds of wood posts stringing together a split rail fence spread out throughout the property, often times the posts would fail.

This failure due to age and rot by being in contact with the earth for long periods of time with no real drain away of the accumulated water and elements. He said the snow in winter initially beautiful was extremely hard on the wood fence posts and really was the chief reason for deterioration.

He began to detail what he did and was cautious in his method as I soon realized a wood fence post could easily fly through the air and impale itself through the windshield of my truck. Thank goodness I do not have to remove steel fence posts! His approach along with the axle grease began to make sense. Basically he told me to take an old truck tire rim and grease up the hub. Then wrap some nice heavy-duty quality chain with two wraps around the rim with the rim resting up against the wood fence post with one end leading to the winch or frame of the front of my truck.

The length coming off the top of the rim away from my truck would be the one to affix to the wooden fence post and wrapped around as much of the post as possible. The rim is narrow enough that the chain and post never became a rubbing or friction issue. The caution came into play as he said I would need to have some additional chain to make a tie off and safety to the post side chain wrap. Incorporating this safety so that when the wood fence post begins to come out it wouldn’t be able travel far enough and into my windshield

As crazy and dangerous as it seemed it worked like a charm and I was able to get the wood fence posts and concrete out with minimal effort. We got better and better the more 4×4 wood fence posts we pulled out. Sometimes the posts shot up about 5 feet. I think maybe they were having fun too, so much attention after so many years.It appears that your web host has disabled all functions for handling remote pages and as a result the BackLinks software will not function on your web page. Please contact your web host for more information.…

No Picture
General Article

How to Choose the Right Window Treatments

How to Choose the Right Window Treatments

Are you treating your windows right, by using the right window treatments? When decorating any window in your home, the number of options that you have can seem mind-boggling at first. While choosing and installing the right window treatments isn’t an exact science, here are some helpful tips that will help you to get it done:

1. Do the measurements.

Always get the exact measurements of your home’s windows, to ensure that the treatments will be a perfect fit.

2. Consider your budget.

Unfortunately, this is one of the steps that most of us have to take, in order to put a rein on our spending. It’s particularly important if we’re decorating more than the windows in our homes. Treatments for windows can vary significantly in price, based on features such as their brand, size, material, style, and so on. While you could spend slightly more than you had budgeted for window treatments, the operative word is “slightly.”

3. Determine if form or function is your priority.

When shopping for treatments for windows, ask yourself if you’re buying them mainly for aesthetic reasons, or if the main function of the treatments will be to manage the amount of light that can enter a room. How you answer the question will impact which type of treatments you choose for a window. You might ultimately decide on treatments that are particularly elegant and ornate, or ones that give you more control over how much sunlight enters a room via a window.

4. Search for ideas.

You’ve likely heard about the “power of suggestion.” One of the best ways to start your search for usable window decorating ideas is by collecting ones that have already been used. In other words, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel! Home decorating magazines will likely contain several styles of window treatments, which you could use in your own home. And whenever you visit someone’s house, observe the types of window treatments that they’re using in it. Maintain a folder of photos containing various treatments for windows that you fancy. Also, jot down notes about certain treatments that have caught your eye.

5. Get free samples whenever possible.

Sometimes stores provide free samples for different treatments that they carry. This will help to avoid buying certain window treatments that aren’t ideal for the windows in your home. Sometimes you can even receive these samples through online home improvement stores. Keep in mind that treatments can look much different in the store, than in your home.

6. Test a treatment’s texture whenever possible.

One of the drawbacks of buying window treatments online is that you can’t feel the texture of the product, before deciding on it. So when you shop offline, make sure to take this crucial step. The texture of treatments for windows will have a huge impact on how it complements the other d?�cor in the room.

If you want to add some pizzazz to your home’s windows, then search for the right window treatments. These tips will help to give your windows the red-carpet treatment!…

No Picture
General Article

Cheap Window Shades Buying Tips

Cheap Window Shades Buying Tips

Whether you are living in a house or an apartment, you need to install window shades for decorative as well as some functional purposes. They are used for privacy, controlling the incoming light and adjusting the room’s temperature. If you are also going to buy cheap window shades for your windows, then there are some useful tips that you should follow before buying them:

1. The first thing that you need to do before buying these shades is to measure the windows of your room. If you are opting to mount the shade on the inside of your window, then evaluate the exact window opening size. If you are opting to mount the shade outside of your window frame, then evaluate the exact height and width you want your shades to be.

2. These window shades are available in the market in changeable room darkness degrees. So, you should take your time and decide how much light you want to block at first. If you want complete darkness in your room when you shut your shades, then select the shades made of thick cloth which totally blocks all light. If you want to allow light through, then select thinner fabric or rice paper.

3. See other features of these shades to determine your final choice. Decide which type of shade would be comfortable, one that folds into accordion pleats or one that rolls down from the top. This kind of different functionality is also a thing to consider before buying cheap window shades.

4. There are several styles and colors in shades. You should select the shade which can match your room. So, ask the shade vendor if he/she has the catalogue of available shades in their shop and make comparisons to find yourself the perfect window shades for your windows.…

No Picture
General Article

Painting an Existing Wood Fence

Painting an Existing Wood Fence

If you have a wood fence it’s a beautiful thing but over time the elements wear it down and you may have even scratched it with a lawn mower or snow shovel. Either way eventually it needs to be repainted and as with most projects around the house this one is easy to do yourself and low cost.

Besides good weather, this is what you’ll need: paint, possibly primer, a good brush, a roller (choose the size depending on the fence), a roller extension, cleaning supplies (rubber gloves, a pale with soup and warm water, a couple of rags), sand paper, scraper, maybe a kneeling pad.

Now, before you start painting you have to make sure the fence is clean. Here are some suggestions:

• Remove any grass, shrubbery, seeds, and the like from the fence.

• Wash off dust, soil, or any other dirt like bird poop with warm water and a little detergent.

• If the fence touches any parts of the house you may want to separate the edges with painter’s tape.

• It’s a good idea to have some card board or thin sheets of wood handy to slip under the fence so you don’t get the brush dirty from the ground when painting the underneath. It will also help block any branches that may still be in the way.

While you are cleaning, inspect the fence for other problems:

• Is any paint chipping? If so you’ll need to do the following. Scrape off the old paint and sand the edges a little to smoothen them out. If the wood is bare you may need to add a little primer on the spot. If so, let the primer spots dry before moving on to the real paint.

• Loose planks? If you find parts of the fence are seriously beginning to wear you may need to nail them back or replace the piece.

• Termites: They show up when you least expect it. If you find signs of them replace those planks too.


Ok; you’ve made it to the real part of the job. Don’t worry if it took a while to get here. It’s better to have the fence ready and free of all other obstacles than have to stop painting in the middle because of one of the above issues.

1. Stir the paint to make sure its all one color and not clumpy

2. Pour your paint in the roller pan at the bottom.

3. Take your roller, dip it in the tray, and begin from the top down. Maybe use the brush for the top open grain. If you hit those spots first you can remove any dripping as you make your way down.

• NOTE: If your fence has a plank and then opening and then another plank (your standard white picket fence), it’s a good idea to do one plank at a time but do the fence in sections. For instant do a row of one frontal side with one edge and then come back and do the other when it’s dry. By doing this you prevent touching the opposite edge when the paint is still wet.

4. Use the brush for any touch ups. Hopefully you won’t need a second coat but if you do just follow the same steps.…