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2016 Fencing Photo Contest Voting is Now!

It’s that time of year! Our 6th annual fencing photo contest is in full swing. This year is a little bit different because we are combining entries from our Zippity Outdoor Products line and our WamBam Fence line. Click on the album and vote for your favorite entry with a Facebook like. The contest ends Friday, February 24 and prizes are as follows:

1st prize: $500
2nd prize: $250
3rd prize: $100

What is Zippity Outdoor Products?

In 2010 when we launched WamBam Fence, we had quite a few calls for smaller fences. There seemed to be a lot of people renting houses or training puppies who were looking for more semi-permanent fences. They wanted a fencing solution that could be easily installed, removed if necessary, and at a lower price point. They were looking for a quick 2-5 year solution and not a lifetime permanent solution like WamBam Fence offers. We also had a lot of people converting our privacy panels into privacy screens to hide garbage cans or air conditioning units. Others were modifying our privacy panels into outdoor shower enclosures. As such, we created Zippity Outdoor Products to fulfill the need for this market. Check out the whole line here.

WamBam Fence

It goes without saying that even though we launched Zippity Outdoor Products, we are still going strong with our flagship product, WamBam Fence. WamBam offers permanent, lifetime warrantied fence solutions to DIY customers. Our specialty is that our fencing is no-dig. This means you can forget digging holes or pouring concrete with this innovative solution, available both in aluminum and vinyl. Check our our website here.

Now that you understand the different between the two brands, hop on over to our photo contest and cast your vote!

 

Sarah's fencing is just one of many fabulous entries in this year's fencing photo contest

Sarah’s fencing is just one of many fabulous entries in this year’s fencing photo contest

Instant Fence Quotes!

We are excited to release our new Quick Quote feature of our website! This tool enables you to draw your fence using Google Maps and will immediately give you the cost of your fence project. It’s a way to get instant fence quotes.

Our quick quote software lets you get a fence quote automatically

Instant Fence Quotes! Our quick quote software lets you get a fence quote automatically

To check out this feature, click here to get your instant fence quote.

We are open to feedback, so please contact us with comments or questions.

Why Quick Quote?

The biggest question people want to know when they are thinking about a fence for their yard is, “How much will this cost?” Pricing a fence can be a tricky process because of all the extras required like posts, caps, and gates. Our Quick Quote feature is designed to make this easy. By simply drawing out your fence project and selecting your desired style of fence, you will immediately get a good estimate of your cost in the form of an instant quote. While this software has been tested extensively, there still may be a few quirks so we encourage you to provide us with feedback on your experience.

How to Use It?

To use our Quick Quote feature, you simply type in your address. Using a Google Maps API, you will be able to draw your desired fence lines on your property and add gates. If you mess up and want to restart, you can easily delete your existing fence run and start over. You can play around with multiple styles of fence and choose different kinds of fence styles and materials. Once you are satisfied, you click to finish and you’ll get a price for the fence you selected.

Get an instant fence quote has never been easier with our software. Go ahead- give it a try!

 

 

 

“Wood Fences Need Repair”: An 81 Yr Old’s Story

“Wood fences need constant repair… Note the painting back than could be had for a home cooked meal from a hobo or bindle stiff.”

– Bud Mackinga, in a hand written letter to WamBam

Our oldest known customer didn't want to maintain wood fences so purchased and installed a vinyl one

Our oldest known customer didn’t want to maintain a wood fence so purchased and installed a vinyl one

Say hello to Bud, our oldest known customer. Not wanting to deal with wood fences anymore due to the painting and staining hassles, he decided to go for maintenance-free vinyl. Thus, at the age of 81 he single-handedly installed his Jiminy Picket Vinyl Fence. Although he has an email address (with “1935” appended to it), Bud’s not one for email so all communication between us and him was done via phone or snail mail. He had a great experience and wanted to share a review, so he wrote a letter and utilized technology by having someone fax it to us. Check out his letter here.

Here’s an excerpt from his letter:
“When I was a child, I can still remember my mother and her friends talking about the green shuttered house & white picket fence.

Now, all these years later my wife wants the white picket fence.

Wanting nothing more than to please Sue (my wife) I start looking (o yah).

Wood fences need constant repair because of deteriation, rot, peeling paint, etc. Note the painting back than could be had for a home cooked meal from a hobo or bindle stiff. Now I would have to do it myself. “No thanks.”

Not able to afford a contractor what to do, what to do. I needed something better than wood. Digging holes lifting heavy bags of cement mixing with water, and pouring and stamping it in the hold to hold post’s upright

All of this lead to my quest for something else.

I started to search the internet not an easy task for an 80 year old senior citizen

After bumbling thru the internet checking Lowe’s, Home Depot, local fence companys for what seams like forever I somehow stumble across this funny name Wam Bam Fence Co (what the h***) give it a go…” Read more.

Bud was a pleasure to work with, and we are very impressed at his energy, drive and handy man skills!

What About No-Dig Fence and Frost Heave?

Why No-Dig Fence Works Well in Frost

Many moons ago, Clever Joe was a frustrated fence installer in Western Canada. The frost conditions are so bad up there that no matter how deep he dug his cement footings, they would still occasionally heave out of the ground. When a cement fence footing heaves out of the ground, it is virtually impossible to fix and can make the entire fence look bad.

A traditionally installed vinyl fence where the cement footing has heaved out of the ground

A traditionally installed vinyl fence where the cement footing has heaved out of the ground due to frost

As they say, necessity is the mother of invention. Joe needed to find another way to install vinyl fence to avoid the chronic problem of heaving cement footings. This is what ultimately birthed no-dig vinyl fence. Once he perfected the installation method of driving pipe deep into the ground, his frost problems virtually went away for 2 reasons:

  1. Cement footings create a “lip” that makes it much easier for frost to heave. A pipe anchor doesn’t have as much surface area so the frost has a much more difficult time heaving it.
  2. If for some reason an occasional no-dig fence post did heave out of the ground, it was relatively easy to fix. One could easily dismantle the post and reset the leveling donut or even the pipe if necessary. It’s virtually impossible to fix a heaved cement footing but it’s very feasible to fix a heaved pipe anchor.

In short, no-dig fence works extremely well in areas with bad frost. WamBam’s no-dig fencing has been installed in some very cold climates with very few issues- from North Dakota to Winnipeg, Canada. While we can’t promise that a pipe will never heave, we can assure you that it will be fixable, which is not the case with a cement footing.

If you would like to discuss this in greater length with one of our fence specialists, feel free to call us at 877-778-5733.

 

 

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