What do you mean by treated wood pickets?
Is treated wood the same as wolmanized wood?
Isn’t cedar wood treated?
Which is cheaper, a treated wood fence or a cedar wood fence?
Which are better, steel posts or wood posts?
Which is cheaper steel posts or wood posts?
Which is cheaper, a chain link or a wood picket fence?
What is meant by the gauge of a fence?
What is the typical height of a chain link fence?
What is the standard gauge of chain link wire or fabric?
Is there a difference in price among 4, 5, and 6 feet high chain link fences?
What is vinyl chain link fence?
What is a ranch fence?
Which is cheaper, a chain link fence or a ranch fence?
What are T posts?
What are primary posts?
How many T posts should you have between each primary post?
What is an H Brace?
What is field fence?
What is horse fence?
Which is cheaper, vinyl fencing or typical wood fencing?



What do you mean by treated wood pickets?

Treated wood pickets are typically pine wood which has been pressure treated using a physical process which saturates the wood with insect and rot repellants. This type of lumber is also known as ACQ wood for the molecular structure of the chemicals used in the treatment process. ACQ stands for the alkaline copper quaternary molecular structure. For many years, the most common preservative used in pressure treated wood for building construction applications was Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA). People began to fear the arsenic component of this molecular structure, so commencing in early 2004, the pressure treated wood industry ceased producing CCA treated wood for most residential uses. A number of replacements have been developed including Copper Azole (CA), Sodium Borate (SBX), and Alkaline Copper Quaternary (ACQ). The most typically found, however, will be ACQ.

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Is treated wood the same as wolmanized wood?

Not exactly, wolmanized wood or rather Wolmanized® Residential Outdoor® wood is treated with a patented copper-based preservative and an organic fungicide. So when you hear of wolmanized wood you’re talking about a particular wood product which has been treated through the patented Wolmanized® Residential Outdoor® wood treatment process.

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Isn’t cedar wood treated?

Cedar wood does not need to be treated. Cedar contains a natural oil which serves as a rot abatement similar to creosote (creosote is a man-made coal-tar distillate, a complex mixture of organic compounds, largely hydrocarbons). Cedar wood also contains a number of natural organic compounds, including thujaplicins, that give off its distinctive cedar aroma that makes the wood highly unattractive to insects, moths and other pests.

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Which is cheaper, a treated wood fence or a cedar wood fence?

At Southwest Fence our labor price is the same for treated wood privacy fences and for treated wood privacy fences. However, treated wood pickets are less expensive than cedar, in fact treated wood pickets are just a little more than half the price of cedar wood pickets. At Southwest Fence we strongly recommend using 3 rails on any fence we build. Rails are the horizontally placed 2X4 boards to which we attach pickets and the number of rails used directly impacts the ultimate price of the fence. A treated wood picket fence definitely needs 3 rails to abate picket warping. Some times you can use 2 rails on a cedar wood picket fence and you’ll be O.K. but it seems to be a matter of luck. You just can’t guarantee that a cedar wood picket fence will not warp either. In any event, the number of rails you use and the type of pickets you use definitely impacts the ultimate price of the fence.

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Which are better, steel posts or wood posts?

Steel posts will last a long time, they’re steel and galvanized (zinc treated to prevent rust) which precludes decay! Wood post are of natural wood which will decay over a shorter period of time, so steel posts will definitely last longer.

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Which is cheaper steel posts or wood posts?

Steel posts cost more than twice the cost of wood posts. Although steel post are only a few dollars more per post than wood, a wood picket fence requires brackets to which to affix the 2X4 rails and an aluminum or steel cap at the top of the post to keep rain out. The brackets and the cap add several dollars to the cost per post, therefore, the considerably higher price.

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Which is cheaper, a chain link or a wood picket fence?

A chain-link fence is considerably less expensive than a wood picket fence.

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What is meant by the gauge of a fence?

Gauge is the measure of the wire thickness. The higher the number of the gauge is, the smaller the thickness of the wire. For example, 9 gauge is thicker than 11 ½ gauge.

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What is the typical height of a chain link fence?

Probably the most common height of chain link fences is 4 feet, secondly, would be 6 feet. Southwest Fence can still build you a 5 feet tall chain link fence as well but 5 feet fences are becoming less common. If your city allows it, we can build the fence at whatever height you want it.

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What is the standard gauge of chain link wire or fabric?

Typical residential chain link fence fabric is 11 ½ gauge. A smaller gauge, 12 gauge, is available as well. Commercial security fences are most commonly 9 gauge.

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Is there a difference in price among 4, 5, and 6 feet high chain link fences?

Yes, the higher the fence, the higher the price, because of the more fabric and longer length of post required for the higher the fence.

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What is vinyl chain link fence?

Vinyl chain link fence is standard galvanized chain link fence fabric covered by vinyl. The vinyl covering gives it color as well. Vinyl chain link most commonly comes in black, brown, and green. Additionally, vinyl chain link fence fabric is thicker than standard chain link due to the vinyl coating.

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What is a ranch fence?

A ranch fence typically is made of barb wire or field fence fabric or a combination of the two. The primary posts for a ranch fence are usually of some kind of wood such as cedar or round treated pine wood or steel. In addition to the primary posts which may be spaced approximately 50 to 100 feet apart, the fence fabric is supported by T posts which may be 10 to 12 feet apart.

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Which is cheaper, a chain link fence or a ranch fence?

It depends on the length of the fence. For a fence that is, let’s say 500 feet or less, chain link is cheaper. For a fence that is over 500 feet then a ranch fence is probably cheaper. It all depends on the number of T posts used on the ranch fence and the number of primary posts and H braces required on the ranch fence.

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What are T posts?

T posts are the thin green posts with white or silver tops that you see on most ranch fences. If you look at the post from the top down it has the appearance of a T.

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What are primary posts?

Primary posts are the larger post used on a ranch fence, made of typically either some kind of wood or steel.

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How many T posts should you have between each primary post?

Southwest Fence typically recommends about 6 T posts per primary post. It will vary depending on the terrain and the general desire of the customer. In the Texas Hill Country because of the rocky terrain, you can go as many as 10 T posts per primary post with no problem. The T posts are driven into the rock and then cannot be removed by hand so the set is quite solid. A T post is not the strength of a fence anyway, and functions primarily as a stay to hold the fabric upright. The strength of the fence is in the type of fabric used and the tightness of the stretch between H braces. Even in sandy terrain you will see some fences with T posts only. …but if you have a big ‘ole bull who wants to go through the fence, he won’t have much of a problem! So the bottom line is price. How much do you want to spend to get the kind of fence you want?

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What is an H Brace?

An H brace is the end post configuration or a corner post configuration consisting of posts which are attached by a horizontal post which form an H in appearance.

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What is field fence?

Field fence is a type of rolled fence fabric (the wire) that is comprised of rectangles of wire which at the bottom are approximately 3 ½ inches high by 6 inches wide. The wires comprising the rectangles are usually about 12 ½ gauge with the horizontal wires at the top and at the bottom being about 10 gauge. Each roll of field fence fabric is approximately 330 linear feet.

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What is horse fence?

Horse fence, which is also known as non-climb fence, is comprised of tightly woven wires consisting of rectangles of wire that are approximately 2 inches wide by 4 inches high. The wires comprising the rectangles are usually about 12 ½ gauge while the horizontal wires at the top and at the bottom are usually about 10 gauge. Horse fence usually comes in rolled lengths of 100 feet and 200 feet.

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Which is cheaper, vinyl fencing or typical wood fencing?

Vinyl fencing is typically considerably higher priced than similar wood fence. Vinyl fencing is made of poly vinyl chloride or PVC which must be manufactured similarly to any other PVC product, therefore, due to the manufacturing process is expensive to produce. On the otherhand, since it is PVC or similar to plastic it lasts a long time and often has a considerable guarantee as well.

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