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Come Along

Volume 2010 Issue 4

ODOT project in Warrenton Oregon with a bottom track hardware and Hysecurity hydraulic slide gate opener.

A letter from Chapter President,

Hello all, Since our last newsletter our organization has seen a few changes. We received news that Mike Carrol will be leaving us as he has taken a position back in his home state of Colorado. We are happy for him and his family as he takes on this promotion and hope that he enjoys this change. Debbie Smith’s ex-assistant Serena Wood will be beginning her training to take over the reponsiblities of the secretary of our chapter, under our official secretary and treasurer Dennis Fleck, at our March meeting. Debbie will continue this training for a 6 month period. Jake Warren has left his position with R & S and has joined with Gates & Controls at their Portland branch. He intends to remain on our board and the group will be discussing the logistics of this at our next meeting. Speaking of meetings, we had a smaller gathering than our average winter meeting but it turned out to be a very warm group and an enjoyable event. Alex Weisensee has the educational meetings down to a science and everyone in attendance walked away with a better knowledge of the upcoming health care requirements and points to consider for each of their company estimators. The dinner held at Elephants Garden Room was cozy and comfortable. A special thanks to Dennis Fleck and my wife Ramona for making it a memorable event. In keeping with Denny Wade’s recipe for success in his recent meeting, Town & Country Fence, Metro Access Control, and our local chapter all pitched in cash for envelopes handed out to the group as door prizes. Maybe the biggest news is the unofficial acceptance of the appointment of Dick Boyle to our chapter’s president elect position. His experience with the AFA will make him a great choice to lead us in the upcoming years. I hope to see you at the Las Vegas show the second week in February and hope that we can all be in attendance at our upcoming local educational meeting. Let’s all work at building up this event and get as many of our fellow members to join us as possible.

John Krueger 2

PRESIDENT JOHN KRUEGER Metro Acess Control 503-595-4716 PAST PRESIDENT HAROLD HARTLEY Northwest Fence Co. 541-426-4259 SECRETARY/TREASURER DEBBIE SMITH ABC Fence Co. 541-447-6780 deblou@crestviewcable. com RICHARD BOYLE Dick’s Evergreen Fence & Deck, Inc. 503 640-7700 DENNIS FLECK Town & Country Fence Co. 503 655-2055 SHAWN TOMLINSON Gates & Controls 425 251-1020 shawn@gatesandcontrols. com DENNY WADE Willamette Fence 503 285-2761 denny@willamettefence. com JAKE WARREN Gates and Controls 503 331-2321 jake@gatesandcontrols. com ALEX WEISENSEE Pacific Fence & Wire 503-659-6881 DON BOOSE Builders Fence Company 253-535-5500

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Chain-Link Fence: An Old Favorite With A New Twist Today’s chain-link offers consumers more variety and value than ever before. Whether you want to fence in your pool, protect your children and pets, or keep intruders at bay, chain-link is the perfect choice for a long lasting, relatively inexpensive fence. Residential chain-link fencing is available color-coated and metal-coated. Color-coated styles are available in black, brown and green, blending into the surroundings and providing fabric that is softer to the touch. Metal-coated chain-link has the traditional silver look and protects your family and property. In addition to new colors, chain-link fencing is also available in updated styles that incorporate square posts and elegant post caps to create a more stately look. “Today’s chain-link fences are strong, durable, attractive and last a long time, many up to 20 years,” explained Bill Ullrich, former President of the Chain-Link Fence Manufacturers Institute (CLFMI). To ensure the long life of your chain-link fence, CLFMI recommends you purchase fencing that meets or exceeds quality standards issued by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).

The ASTM guidelines suggest three to five feet high chain-link fences should be constructed of the following: fabric that is at least 11 1/2 gauge and 2 1/8” in mesh size with top rails that are 1 3/8” in diameter, 17 gauge and have .055” in wall thickness. Line posts should be 1 5/8” in diameter, 17 gauge and .065 in wall thickness. According to Ullrich, also a member of the American Fence Association, fences that meet these guidelines are 55 percent stronger and cost only 10 percent more. Even with all the recent product innovations, chain-link remains the low cost fencing leader. According to Ullrich, “Metal-coated chain-link is considerably less expensive, about half the price of wood fence, a quarter of the cost of ornamental picket, and about 80 percent less than PVC fencing.” Color-coated chain-link, while a little more expensive than metal-coated, is still quite cost effective when compared to other fencing materials. Chain-link fences, always a popular fencing choice, are much improved these days. Today’s chain-link still gives you security for a relatively low price, and now offers many choices.

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4th Quarter Chapter Board Meeting @ 1:00 p.m.

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Residential or Commercial License? Do you know the difference? Update your homeowners contract….are you fully compliant? Learn about lien claims, public works bond claims, collections and bankruptcies.

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AFA Winter Dinner

AFA Winter Dinner

Winter 2010 Educational Wrap-up We listened as Chris Avery and Eric Aaberg of Montgomery & Graham painted a grim future for small business owners as they gave our group the ins and outs of the upcoming health care plan. The main guarantee? That our costs will go up to insure our employees. Possibly the scariest part was when we were told that our companies may be taxed for providing too good of insurance for our people. We all walked away terrified but certainly more aware of how these changes will affect our operation.

The second class was a slightly different format than our usual as Alex Weisensee of Pacific Fence, David Edie of Town & Country Fence, and John Krueger of Metro Access Control led a session on project estimating. Their PowerPoint presentation warned of estimating pitfalls found in material sales, fence

installation, and gate automation. After the presentation a round table discussion was held with many stories that showed the importance of a well trained estimator, hopefully we all learned from each others mistakes. The best part is we not only received free training but all in attendance received documented hours of training for our CCB licensing requirements.



Jointly brought to you by: Western Chapter of the Canadian Fence Industry Association and Pacific Northwest Chapter of the American Fence Association

August 12th & 13th




Can you guess

We can use your help! We’re looking for the following: -Your “Project of the Quarter” entry. -Pictures of fence (backstops, wood, chainlink and iron) -Feature articles, what do you have to offer this industry? -Suggestions of potential advertisers. -Recommendations of improvement of this newsletter. -More recipients to send this newsletter to. -Thanks to Jake Warren, Denny Wade, Debbie Smith and Jennifer West for their input in this newsletter.

Send them all to:

Special Thanks to Our Advertisers: Automated Gates and Equipment Davis Wire Pacific Fence and Wire Gates and Controls Pexco Builders Fence Company R&S Automation Metro Access Control PacWest Fabrication & Fence Supply Co.



Useful Links -ASTM Standards: -AFA Website: -AFA PNWC Website: Members/Chapters/PacificNorthwestChapter/ tabid/348/Default.aspx -AFA Facebook: -AFA PNWC Facebook: ter-of-The-American-Fence-Associa tion/169092446136 -Pool Standards: -AFA Newsletter: LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=pty%2bDm90KlY% 3d&tabid=382 -Call before you dig: -NW Chapter Shutterfly: Answer: Can you guess who this is? Debbie Smith, ABC Fence.


AFA Pacific NW Chapter: Come Along Volume 2010 Issue 4  

Our 4th 2010 issue of the Come Along newsletter.