Tuesday, September 29, 2009

"USE A TOP STRING!" (Weekly Word of Advice - Sept 29, 2009)


Just as important as it is for you to make sure that your posts are properly in line with each other, it is also important to make sure that the TOPS of your posts are also all the same height. (unless rolling the fence line down a hill or dip in the yard etc.) We are going to share a very useful technique that will help you accomplish this task!

It is called a TOP STRING! While there are other methods of making sure that your posts are all the same height, This has been my method of choice for over 6 years now.

Similar to running a string near the bottom of your posts to insure that they are all in line with each other, only the TOP STRING will be ran along the TOP of the posts to ensure that they are all the same height.


Set your two (2) end posts where you want them to be placed,... you will then run your bottom string and TOP STRING. (In this blog, we will focus on how to run the TOP STRING).

There are two (2) ways that I usually run my top string, the first method is by driving a piece of metal tubing or a steak into the ground OUTSIDE of the end posts. (making sure that the steaks are also in line with the posts but OUTSIDE of the posts.)

I will then tie the string to one of the steaks (make sure it is tight) and then run the string up to the top of the post that the steak is near. After the string is placed at the top of the post, I will run the string all the way over to the top of the other end post and then down to the steak that is placed OUTSIDE of that post. (obviously attaching the string the the second steak that was places OUTSIDE of the second end post.)

NOTE: the string should be pulled tightly so that there is no DIP in the middle of the string, which would result in a DIP in your fence line...

The SECOND METHOD is a little easier!

All you gotta do here is simply use DUCT-TAPE to secure one end of the string to the top of one end post, then run the string to the top of the other end post and also secure it there with duct-tape. Making sure to keep the string pulled tightly so there is no DIP in the line (as explained above).

I tend to use the steaks more than the duct-tape simply because I feel it is easier to pull the string tighter when using the steaks (which is the entire reason for having a TOP STRING in the first place).

I hope this is helpful. Also, be on the look out for MORE WEEKLY ADVICE that will be posted roughly every Monday or Tuesday. Only from ANCHOR FENCE | Redford, Michigan Fence Company

Friday, September 4, 2009



Today's fence industry has advanced far beyond a simple wooden privacy fence or a plain chain link fence to secure your yard. When vinyl fences exploded into the industry, it brought a whole new level of beauty, value and privacy to YOUR yard.

Though wood and chain link fences are not obsolete, vinyl fencing is the definite way to go for 2009 and beyond. A new vinyl fence will add the privacy of a wood fence along with the security of a chain link fence, however, will also add a great amount of beauty, class and value to your property, all for nearly the same price!


Vinyl fence has become greatly known for its wide variety of styles, easy to clean material and low maintenance upkeep. Different from wood and chain link, Vinyl profiles can be cut and shaped to just about any size that you may desire. This allows for you to select a style and design that will be the PERFECT match for your home and property. Vinyl fences come in many different colors which are digitally integrated into the vinyl extrusion process which means the time and money that you would have spent painting/staining your wood fence will instead be spent on vacation, a weekend getaway or that special something that you have been waiting to buy!

The lifetime of your vinyl fence will far exceed your expectations and concerns. You will have your vinyl fence installed only ONE time and enjoy its beauty for a lifetime! Your vinyl fence will not rot like wood or rust like chain link which means that there will be no need to ever replace your vinyl fence. (unless your child's first driving experience does not go so well).


There may be many fence companies in your area that are specialized in vinyl fence installation. It is best to go with one of these companies when having your new vinyl fence installed. Most of these companies are certified and specialized in vinyl fence and will be able to answer any questions you may have, as well as, guarantee that your new vinyl fence is installed correct and professionally. You may research these companies by checking their rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and making sure that they are a member of the American Fence Association (AFA).

To search for a certified vinyl fence company in your area, you may try searching for the following keywords/phrases in your preferred search engine:

-vinyl fence company in "state/city"
-fence company in "state/city"
-residential fence company in "state/city"

Once you have searched and found a few fence companies, continue on with your research and view their BBB rating and make sure they are a member of the AFA.


Cleaning your vinyl fence is easy and requires very little effort. You can simply get a bucket of soapy water along with a rag and begin cleaning. You may also purchase special vinyl cleaning solutions at your local hardware store and use it to clean your vinyl fence. To insure maximum beauty, you should clean your vinyl fence every 3-6 months or whenever cleaning is needed.

In conclusion, if you are looking to add value to your property, beauty to your yard, or simply just need a new fence, you can be sure that a new vinyl fence is the ONLY option you should consider when making this decision. You will hear many compliments from neighbors, friends and family regarding your new vinyl fence and you will be inviting many people over for a bar-b-que on your new grill that you bought with the money you saved from not painting a wood fence.

Article written by: ANCHOR FENCE | Redford, Michigan Fence Company