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How Can I Recycle My Chain Link Fence?

Chain link fencing is an affordable, durable, and low-maintenance option for both residential and commercial properties. But what happens when you want to replace your fence? Can chain link fencing be recycled?

The answer is yes. You can definitely recycle your chain link fence. Chain-link is designed for use outdoors, so it ages well and tends to withstand the elements. It’s rust-resistant, and as long as it isn’t too damaged, it is easy to take down and re-install somewhere else. Depending on the climate, a chain link fence can often last anywhere from 20 to 30 years. In most cases, the posts, rods, and connecting pieces go bad before the fencing does.

Chain link fencing will often show wear when the paint begins to chip off, but this can easily be fixed with a new paint job.

Getting The Most Out Of Your Chain Link Fence

As with anything, time in the elements will affect how long your fence maintains its appearance and structure. There are things you can do to keep your fence around longer. You can apply Rustoleum to keep the rust away,  keep vines off of your fence, wash your chain link fence, and repair it immediately as needed. If it is not too late, or you want to learn more about proper chain link fence maintenance, read it on our blog. If you need to be rid of your fence still due to a new different kind of fence, or it is too far gone to be worth the effort, you can learn below about ways to remove your chain link fence and dispose of it in a planet-friendly way.

Ways to Recycle Your Chain Link Fence

We recommend recycling your chain link fence by installing it in another location. If you are looking to remove your chain link fence and install a different style of fencing, you can try posting your chain link fence on a local community group on a site like Facebook. The main thing that will need to be replaced when it is reinstalled is the poles since they are cemented into the ground.

The fence can be taken down, rolled up, and easily transported to another location to be installed.

You can sell the chain link fencing, gift it to a neighbor or friend, or consider donating to places such as:

  • Local animal shelters
  • Farmers
  • Community recreation centers or community gardens

If you don’t want to sell, give away, or donate your chain link fence, you can take it to a recycling center. Typically, chain link fencing is made from aluminum or galvanized steel, so the material your fencing is made from will determine whether or not a recycling center accepts it.

If you are unsure what your specific chain link fence is made of, be sure to take a small piece to the recycling center first. During your visit, be sure to check what they pay per pound. In many cases, aluminum will get you about 50 cents per pound, whereas ferrous metals will get you roughly 1 cent per pound.

Removing Your Chain Link Fence

To remove your chain link fence, start by removing the bolts from the fence using a socket set or an adjustable wrench. Move on to removing the ties, wires, and tension rods using pliers. As the ties are removed, the fence will begin to come down. We recommend rolling the fencing up as you go. Once this is removed, you can then move on to removing the posts and the concrete.

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How Do you Tear Down An Old Wooden Fence?

If your wooden fence has reached the end of its lifespan, it’s time to tear the old fence out and replace it with a new one! For this project, you may wonder where to start. At Pittsburgh Fence Company, we’ve put together an article on how to tear down our old wooden fence efficiently and safely. If you are not up to the task and are planning on getting a new fence afterward,  give us a call!

Preparing to Remove the Old Fence

Before you can tear down your old fence, there are a few things you need to do to prepare. Make sure the area around the fence is clear and that nothing is obstructing your path. You also want to make sure the fence is on your property by checking where the property lines are.

We also recommend that you check with the power and utility companies to make sure there are no lines for phone, water, or power near your old fence. You should also look into getting a dumpster or container of some kind to place the fence materials in to make hauling it away easier.

Steps for Removing Your Old Fence

First, you’ll need to gather some tools. A claw hammer, pry bar, and saw will all come in handy. You may also need a sledgehammer if the fence posts are set in concrete. Start by knocking the vertical boards away from the frame of the fence.

Next, you’ll need to remove any nails or screws holding the fence boards in place. Use the claw hammer or pry bar to remove the fasteners carefully.

Once all of the boards are removed, you can focus on taking down the fence posts. If they’re set in concrete, you’ll need to use the sledgehammer to break up the concrete and then remove the posts. If they’re not set in concrete, you should be able to simply dig around them and pull them out of the ground.

With the posts removed, your old wooden fence is now successfully torn down! You can dispose of the materials as you see fit.

Wooden Fence Installation Services in Pittsburgh

At Pittsburgh Fence Company, we specialize in wooden fence installation for Pittsburgh homeowners. Once your old fence is removed, or even before, and you are looking for a new fence,  Contact our fencing experts today to get started! If you want a replacement fence, we do more than wooden fences! Consider vinyl, or something more ornamental! Let us know what you need! Call Pittsburgh Fence Company today!

The Best Fence To Keep Rabbits Out Of Your Garden

Rabbits are mostly harmless animals, but they can wreak havoc on your garden, munching on all the veggies and other plants that you’ve worked so hard to grow.

To help keep rabbits out of your garden, Pittsburgh Fence Company offers a wide range of fencing options to meet your needs.

Signs You Need A Fence To Fend Off Rabbits

Rabbits typically feed in the morning and the evening throughout the year. They primarily feed on grass, but they will also eat plants and veggies from your garden, especially in the spring and summer. Throughout the winter, they will seek bark from young fruit trees, shrubs, and vines.

Check your vegetables and other plants. If it looks like someone went through with pruning shears and cut off the stems of your young plants, then you likely have a rabbit problem. The cuts will be clean and angled. Lettuces and beet foliage will be cut down close to the ground, and tree trunks and vines will have gnawed rings around them.

You may also notice 1/4-1/2 inches fecal pellets left behind or footprints that show small front feet and large back feet. If you have noticed these signs, it’s time to install garden fencing to protect your plants.

Garden Fencing Options

Barrier Fencing

Installing a simple wire fence around your garden where the more vulnerable plants are is a foolproof method for protecting plants. Common rabbits such as cottontails won’t jump a 2-foot high fence, and jackrabbits won’t be able to hop a 3-foot fence.

If you plan to install a barrier fence, you will need to use woven wire, with the lower end turned outward at a 90-degree angle. It should then be buried six inches into the ground to keep rabbits from digging under the fence.

Wooden Fencing

Wood is a popular fencing option since it is available in a variety of styles, stains, paints, and colors. It also provides you with a traditional look at an affordable price while keeping animals out of your garden and away from your trees and shrubs.

Chain Link Fencing

Available in black or the traditional metallic-coated style, chain link fencing is popular and affordable fencing option for those who are looking to keep wildlife out or their pets in. Chain link fencing keeps children and pets safe while keeping animals out of your garden beds.

Vinyl Fencing

This fencing is made from a type of plastic that is made from ethylene and chlorine. This creates a versatile, affordable, and durable style of fencing that will protect your yard from rabbits and other wildlife. We can install a vinyl fence around your home’s perimeter that will protect your yard while accenting your home with various colors to choose from.

Landscape Design/Decorative Fencing

At Pittsburgh Fence Company, we have the expertise in landscape design needed to incorporate fencing into your landscape as a way to decorate and frame your space. Protecting your garden from rabbits doesn’t need to look boring; we have decorative fencing options to help you achieve protection and style!

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How Much Will My Fence Cost?

In short, to have a contractor come in and install a fence,  the national average is $3,440 on the low end.

However, there are several factors, from height to materials, that can increase or decrease your total residential fence cost. At Pittsburgh Fence Company, we’ve put together some average costs to give you a better idea of budgeting for your next fence.

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Which Side of the Fence Am I Responsible for Maintaining?

Fencing boundary issues are a common occurrence between neighbors and have been since fencing was installed between homes. In some cases, it can be difficult to determine whether the fences that split the land into different sections belong to one parcel or the other.

When each property owner has a fence, it can be easy to determine which parcel they are responsible for, whereas, with a single fence, it can make the process more difficult.

Check the Conveyance Deed of the Home

If you purchased the home with the fence already present, the former owner should have included the information about fence ownership in the deed.

In many cases, you will be responsible for the fence at the left or the right of your land. You will need to check the conveyance deed to avoid any issues.

When checking the conveyancing deed, ownership is indicated with a T, marking one side of the boundary. If there is an H rather than a T, the boundary is shared by both parties.

If there is a boundary shared by both parties, this is called a party fence, so you will need to work with your neighbor about how to deal with the maintenance of the fence. If you want to have total ownership of the fence, you could follow the legal process to buy out your neighbor’s half of the fence.

Don’t have a fence yet? Find out more about the laws and regulations you must adhere to for your new fence!

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Pittsburgh Fence Company will work with you and your neighbors to make the fence installation process easy! You can rely on us for all of your fencing needs in Pittsburgh. Contact us today to learn more!