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With growth comes exiting changes. Earlier this year we made a big move into new office and warehouse space located in Charlotte NC.

Due to some unforeseen issues with our current 3PL, we had to move over the course of a weekend. We got the keys on Friday, moved dozens of truckloads of product on Saturday and Sunday, and started shipping from our new facility the following Monday. We were just glad it was February and not May because our inventory levels were lower!

Our first delivery:

First Delivery

First Delivery

By Monday things weren’t exactly organized to our usual standards, but we at least were able to fulfill orders from our new facility.

Progress was made over the weekend

Progress was made over the weekend

Family and friends gathered to help out on the weekend by bringing Sunday dinner.

 

Sunday Dinner

Sunday Dinner

Despite being an exhausting weekend and week, we all survived to tell the tale. For a while a few staff members were working off make shift tables while some office renovations were completed.

A few employees set up shop while renovations commence

A few employees set up shop while renovations commence

It’s been more than 6 months and we are now mostly settled into our new location.

 

Office Area

Office Area

Lunch Area

Lunch Area

Chat Room

Chat Room

If you’re ever in the area pop by to say hello. We’d love to show you around!

 

A Sad Day

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We are saddened by the news that our dear friend and business partner Clever Joe has passed away. Joe was the innovator of the no-dig fence concept that WamBam utilizes today. Because of Joe and his clever ideas, thousands upon thousands of hours have been saved installing fence by driving a pipe deep into the ground as opposed to digging holes and pouring cement footings.

We had the privilege of spending time with Joe over the years and always enjoyed our interactions with him. He was more than just a business partner; Joe was a friend. Despite his battles with illness over the past several years, he was always smiling and always optimistic. We will forever remember Joe for his innovation and passion and zest for life. He was a real trailblazer, whether it was creating solar powered ovens for the Cubans or bicycling across the continent. He was a true maverick.

The reality is that without Joe and his ideas, WamBam would more than likely not exist. We will always remember his contribution to fencing, to our business and to our personal lives. Our mascot Clever Joe was inspired by Joe. He got a kick out of the caricatures of himself that are sprinkled through our website, marketing materials, and office. It’s fitting that Clever Joe the mascot will live on to honor his memory.

Our thoughts are with Joe’s wife and two children as we all grieve his loss. Joe, you will be missed by many.

Lengthening The Life Of Your Vinyl Fence

This piece on lengthening the life of your vinyl fence was written by freelance contributor Sally Perkins.

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vinyl privacy fence

Investing in a good vinyl fence offers a great return on investment if you factor in the low cost of maintenance and longevity. Installing a fence on a quarter acre lot will typically cost between $1,800 and $3,500, according to the Remodeling Costs website. This price will ensure you not only have enough privacy but also enjoy a great curb appeal. However, the price will vary from one fencing material to another and will depend on the fence size you wish to install. The initial cost should not be the only aspect that you pay attention to. For instance, while most vinyl fences might be more expensive to install than wood fences, they are typically cheaper to maintain. With the right maintenance schedule, you can get to enjoy the appeal of your fence for many years. In case you’ve chosen to have a vinyl fence installed in your home, there are a few things you need to know.

Understanding vinyl as a fencing material

There are plenty of aspects that make vinyl the perfect material to use for fencing. First, the materials used in the fence can easily be recycled which is a win for the environment. Vinyl is also resistant to moisture and humidity, unlike wood fences. This means that it will easily survive the winter, and you don’t have to worry about pouring water on it. The fence is also strong, meaning insects cannot eat their way through it. When combined, the above factors make maintaining the fence pretty easy. Now, the key question is: in what ways can you best take care of a vinyl fence?

Clean the fences regularly

71% of home buyers consider the curb appeal as an essential factor when it comes to shopping for the perfect home. Even though you might not be willing to put your home up for sale, the quality of your fence may affect the value of your home significantly. Cleaning your vinyl fence at least once a year is essential to maintain its appeal. For the slightly dusty parts, washing the area with hose water will do the trick. As for the areas that have a little bit tougher stains, use a mild detergent and some warm water to clear them. In case you notice mildew developing on your fence, wash the affected area with a mixture of warm water, detergent and vinegar to reduce the levels of mold infestation.

What about managing the structural integrity?

Inspecting the structural integrity of your fence at least once a year is wise. Pay attention to the state of parts like the metal connectors of the fence. Hidden metallic connectors will typically connect the parts of your vinyl fence. In case these parts become visible, then you should request the installers to take a look at the fence. However, if you notice such inconsistencies within the first few weeks of installation, then filing a complaint against the installers is wise. Additionally, be careful when mowing close to the fence or else you might harm it in the process. For instance, using a weed trimmer that uses a line rather than a blade will prevent any damages that trimming close to the fence could present.

Each aspect of your home contributes to its overall appeal. A vinyl fence is only but a small part of your whole home. However, occasionally maintaining it will accentuate the other areas and save you the cost of replacing it.

Fenced Lawns: Keeping Them Green Even When You Are On Vacation

This piece on keeping lawns green on vacation was written by freelance contributor Sally Perkins.

Photo by Alvin Engler

Photo by Alvin Engler

Fencing adds value to your property in several ways. It prevents unwanted intruders that will destroy the turf that you have painstakingly nurtured over the years. If you are going on an extended holiday, you are sure that your lawn is protected from heavy foot traffic as well as the intrusion of animals that might stray into your property even if it’s your favorite friendly pooch from the other side of the fence. Fencing your property also improves its curb appeal helping you increase your home value when it’s time to sell. Even though it may be a challenge to trim the grass under the fence, a lawn also benefits from the security fences provide.

Good fences define the boundaries

Installing fences on your property especially around the lawn area screams that they are protecting the periphery. When you fence a lawn in, you reduce heavy foot traffic whether from children trampling on the grass or pets that want to run around and play with the animals next door. Your own pets also know where they can play and chill out. It’s not only flower beds that can be protected from curious and playful animals. Turf areas stand a better chance of establishing themselves well when the area is fenced reducing human foot traffic drastically. Raucous children can also learn to stay off fenced lawns making it easier to keep them green and lush.

When you’re away on vacation

It is difficult to leave for a holiday when you have a garden and lawn. But there are several ways to take care of your lawn even when away without constantly thinking about jumping on the next plane to see if your plants are okay. Remember, the grass doesn’t grow that fast when it is hot and dry such as the summer season. Nonetheless, it helps if you can trim your turf a bit so that it will be growing nicely once you are back. If you are worried about watering, give your grass a good soaking before departure provided there is no water restriction. If your neighbors are going to stick around, you might want to ask them to water your plants or irrigate the lawn. There are several irrigation techniques technologies both mechanical and manual that you can study as well to deliver water at a right time and quantity.

Fences and verdant turf areas go well together. Fencing improves the aesthetics of a home property and secures the grounds. While you are away, your lawn stands a better chance of survival if foot traffic is reduced and destructive animals are kept out by the fences.

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