Archive for April, 2012

Pressure Wash Your Barn

Spring cleaning is in the air but let’s not forget about your barn. Whether you’re getting ready for a fresh coat of paint or just want to clear out dust and cobwebs, a pressure washer is the tool of the pros. Before moving onto the steps below, gather the following items:

  • Pressure washer
  • Hose
  • Ladder
  • Broom
  • Masking tape
  • Soap or detergent

Before you start

  1. Use the broom to brush off dust and large debris from the inside and outside of the structure. A good once over with the broom will do the trick here. If needed, climb up the ladder to get hard to reach spots and eaves.
  2. Kill the power on all of the electrical outlets.
  3. Close all windows and seal windows that don’t seem water-tight or have interior items near that can’t get wet.
  4. Setup the pressure washer with soapy warm water according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Set the wand to a low pressure.

Get washing

  1. Designate the starting ‘side’ of the barn and, starting from the bottom, slowly pressure wash the entire side. Allow the cleaner to site on the barn’s siding for about 5 – 10 minutes.
  2. Remove the soap dispenser and set the wand to high pressure – Rinse the soapy side starting at the top
  3. Repeat

A Fencing Choice: Vinyl vs. Wood

Let’s be honest, there are really only two options when it comes to choosing quality, nice looking fencing. Forget about chain-link, stonewalls, and other expensive and/or insufficient alternatives, your real choices are vinyl or wood. While there are some less expensive high tensile and electric wire solutions out there, if you’re going to spend the time to install posts you might was well go all out – and throw up a fence that is not only durable but also looks great too.

Call before you dig

Before you decide which fencing option is up your alley, you’ll want to check local building regulations first. Depending on location, there may be strict guidelines to follow, like; fence height, distance from the street and other more menial considerations.  Also, it’s a good idea to talk to your utilities company and your neighbors to ensure you won’t be hitting gas lines or overstepping property boundaries.

Still can’t decide?

Here are a few questions to ask yourself that may influence your final decision.

  1. What kind of look are you trying to achieve with your property? Vinyl fencing companies are far from perfecting the ‘wood look’ so if the natural/rustic look is in your agenda; wood fencing would be the better choice.
  2. Are you in a time crunch? Assembly, once the posts are secured, is a pretty quick and easy with vinyl fencing. Vinyl also comes pre-painted and requires few, if any, paint touch ups, contrary to wood fences.
  3. Landscaping plans in the near future? If you have a major yard revamp on the horizon, say 4-5  years out, wood would probably be a good choice since the end of its days are fast approaching after about 5-8 years. However, if you’re not planning on any major landscaping for a while, vinyl, with its 20 year life-cycle, would be the way to go.