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Just the facts, Mam...
Simply put, some people do things the old way because it's always been done that way and that way does work. They don't realize that the new way can be better, more fun, easier, and more efficient.
Driving pipe into the ground has been used in similar applications for years. It's how all chain link is installed, and also how massive and heavy highway signs are installed.
WamBam's fence system is thinking outside the box for vinyl, and it works. The truth is that more and more people are embracing the idea as this movement spreads. It's been around for ages, and is slowly but surely getting traction, particularly since we now have a simple way to level the posts. Think of it as Fence Installation 2.0 (we like to think that Steve Jobs would have installed his fence this way).
The final consideration is that professional fencers have invested so much in expensive machinery to dig holes that it's hard for them to stop using their beloved toys. Click here to see Clever Joe talk more about this and click here to see Clever Joe talk about why the WamBam way is better.
This is a loaded question because it depends on a lot of things. How rocky is your ground? If you're dealing with solid rock, then it is going to be very difficult, just like installing fence the traditional way with an auger is. Having said that, there are things you can do to overcome obstacles like these. Click here to see Clever Joe talk more about this.
We know you're not dumb and want to give you the courtesy of a detailed answer, so check out page 6 of our "Murphy's Vinyl Fencing Laws" guide. The short answer is that yes, it will work, but may require some jerry-rigging.
Yes! We have had our privacy fence tested indepedently in a lab and have ratings for up to a Category 1 Hurricane, or 74mph. Â You can see a video of this wind testing.Â There are certain areas of the country where there are strict bylaws against erecting fence due to hurricanes and whatnot, and our fencing is no exception to this.
Now why would you want to do that? Sure, big box fencing panels are a bit cheaper, but you get what you pay for, and you need more panels (click here for a cost comparison). Check this video out to see what the differences are.
If you insist on using another manufacturer's panels, then yes, you can use our digless anchoring system. It's not totally cut and dried, so click here for some things to need to know first.
But please, if you do choose to go this route, please be kind and don't tell your friends it's a WamBam Fence. We have a reputation to uphold. ;)
We do not sell our fence through traditional retail outlets. Since we are the manufacturer, we feel we can give you the best price by selling direct. Go make yourself a coffee, throw your feet up on your desk, make a playlist in iTunes and buy your fence from the comfort of your home. Your fence will be delivered to your home in about a week.
If you're skeptical of the product, give us a shout. Many of our customersÂ purchase a little sample kit to see what it's about first, and find that this satisfies their curiousity. And hey, we have no minimum orders, so feel free to buy a panel or two as a little test. If you don't like it, you can return it for a full refund.
We expect that you will be completely delighted with your purchase. If for some reason you are not, we offer a full, 100% risk-free money back guarantee if the unused product is returned within 30 days of purchase. Click here for more information.
Our vinyl is mono-extruded 100% virgin vinyl. It's as white on the inside as it is on the outside. This means that if your fence gets scratched, no yellow or gray will show in the scratch because it's white all the way through.
For two reasons they are not. Firstly, extensive research and testing determined that our 7ft panels will perform without sagging (or smiling) over the lifetime of the product without requiring aluminum reinforcement. If our fence panels were 8ft long (and not 7ft) this would not be the case and they would require aluminum reinforcement. Secondly, our rails were engineered with internal webbing structure that was designed to replace aluminum reinforcement. This is important because aluminum reinforcement adds costs that would just drive up the price of your fence without really being necessary.
If you have a larger opening than 50" that you need to have gate accessible, you have two options:
1) If your opening is less than 100" you should be able to use two of our standard swing gates to accommodate. Please click here for more information. You can purchase double gate kits and drop rods here.
2) If your opening is greater than 100" you can order a standard fence panel consistent with your fence style and use that fence panel along with our standard gate systems (minus rails and pickets) to create a custom gate width.
We have very limited product available in Canada, although we do have the ability to ship our entire line from the US into Canada. However, current exchange rates make this an expensive option for Canadians. The easiest way to get our product in Canada is through www.homedepot.ca, but they only carry our traditionally installed fence where you dig holes and pour concrete.
If your ground has been backfilled with chunks of concrete or any other materials that can create pockets under the ground, the WamBam system is not the way to go. Our system is ideally designed for virgin soil like clay. Underground pockets of air created by incongruous materials will not provide enough structural integrity for our pipe anchors. If you ground has been backfilled with clean fill, but has not been mechanically compacted or given enough time to settle, this could pose problems as well. Â In these cases we would recommend you dig traditional concrete footings. For more information, please see our "WamBam No No's" manualÂ or read this technical article.
If your concrete is less than 6" thick, the WamBam system allows for a very strong and clean installation solution. Drill a 1 5/8 hole directly through your concrete using a hammer or core drill. Pound your 15/8 pipe anchor directly through that hole into the earth either 3' or 4' deep, depending on your anchor size. The hole will be neat, tidy and tight, allowing for a worry-free installation.
We do have another line of fence that is installed the traditional way (digging holes and pouring concrete) as our large dot com resellers needed a very simplified boxed vinyl fence program for their customers. To read all the details on this program and line, please visit this page or read this blog entry.
Now this is a tricky question. Most people buy a vinyl fence because it's maintenance free. The minute you paint it, you're creating problems for yourself. It voids the warranty. It requires a lot of paint to actually change the color. And worst of all, you'll need to re-paint it more often than you would like to. Because of all this, we don't recommend it. However, if you really, really have a burning desire for a WamBam Fence of another shade, you'll want to paint it with special epoxy-based paint Fusion by Krylon. But really- while it's possible, we don't recommend it.
Absolutely! Please see this page for detailed information.
WamBam's fence is sold strictly online so you can't see it in traditional retail outlets. Having said that, we do offer a sample kit that enables you to see the quality and fit and function of the fence. Many customers take advantage of this and find that the sample kit satisfies their curiousity regarding the look and feel of the product. Please note that we require all customers get a quote of their project before we send out the sample kit. The sample kit form will help facilitate this.
In a rare case, this will work. Make sure that you meet the following criteria:
1. Your existing posts have to be less than 7ft apart.
2. Your existing posts have to be 2mm thick pipe no greater than 1-7/8in ouside diameter (this is not traditional chainlink tubing).
3. If you have gates, there are probably going to be opening conflicts. Make sure you think this through!
Even though our fence is no-dig, it is definitely not temporary. It's designed to last a lifetime. Once you install it in normal soil conditions, it will be almost impossible to get the pipes out of the ground without the use of specialized hydraulic equipment. When the pipes are driven 3-4ft into the ground, they are there to stay, which is why our fence passes tests for up to a category one hurricane.
Here is a video on youtube of someone trying to pull a pipe out of the ground. As you can see, it's not easy. If you ever need to remove your pipe anchors, we suggest cutting them down so that you can't see them.
This fence system handles frost extremely well. It was actually developed in Western Canada where frost heave was so bad it would often heave cement footings out of the ground. To this day, almost all vinyl fence in Western Canada is installed the no-dig way to help mitigate frost. There are two reasons for this:
Click here for a blog entry which discusses this in more detail.
Weed wackers or grass trimmers can scratch the vinyl. However, our vinyl is monoextruded as opposed to coextruded. That means that our product is 100% white virgin vinyl all the way through so scratches will not look as obvious. This is different than coextruded vinyl which most companies use. Coextrued vinyl is a very thin layer of pure vinyl over recycled vinyl, which means a scratch will show more easily as the vinyl underneath is more yellowish or grayish.