Wednesday, June 21, 2017

By the Numbers...

By the Numbers...

So, gates are what, like 10-15% of your total revenue stream? And gate problems account for maybe 60%-70% of your call backs?

What is the number one failure in a gate system? There are a few things that can go wrong, and any one or a combination of these things can destroy the profit margin on any job. The gate sags. Is the gate itself is the problem, or is it the hinges, or even the post that is failing?

A well made gate will not sag.  To make sure it doesn't sag, or to make sure it doesn't twist and flop around, you just need to remember one rule of thumb. Never lay your bracing down below 45ยบ when measured off the bottom rail. Other articles discuss why this works and how but for our purposes here, it just does.

The best made hinge will not support a gate too heavy for its rating. You need to know how much load a gate puts on the hinge system, not just how much the gate weighs. Load takes into account the stresses caused by the ratio of the width of the panel against the distance between the hinges. A hinge properly sized for the job will support the gate for the lifetime of the fence, and will allow for adjustment to account for the natural movement of the ground.

A post must both be rigid enough to support the load of the gate, and anchored properly in the earth. As seasons pass, changing water content and potentially ice will cause the earth around a post to shift. Sometimes we see the post rise or sink due to “frost heave”. This can be mitigated with proper post setting techniques, again, a subject for another post.

An adjustable hinge will allow for “fine tuning” when the unavoidable small movements occur.  A bolt-on hinge will allow for simple replacement in the field if replacement is needed, without cutting, welding, and paint issues.

Now you know more about why we do what we do at Modern Fence Technologies.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The best post cap available anywhere...guaranteed


An individual post cap is perhaps the lowest priced component on your fence, yet it can have the greatest impact on the good looks and longevity of your investment. Doesn't it make sense to use high quality, American made caps to prolong the life of your investment?

 Modern Fence Technologies vinyl post caps, for the life of your fence.

Friday, April 28, 2017

We've Been Ready for the Unicorn Backlash All Along...

We've been ready for the unicorn backlash all along...

An ice cream parlor in Los Angeles is offering an antidote to rainbows and unicorns to answer Starbuck's. They thought it would be original to offer their product in pure, rich black.

News flash! 

 Modern Fence Technologies has been offering up the very best American made gate hardware in black for literally decades! And for the less adventurous vanilla crowd, we also offer our stainless steel hardware in white.

Call your MFT rep today for the best in American made gate hardware!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Unicorns and Rainbows and Insane Profits on Fads!

Apparently the coolest thing in the world right now is unicorns. In honor of our friends at Starbuck's, we too are launching a unicorn(ish) hinge. 

(Yeah, I know, that's not a horn, it's an ear, and even if it was a horn, there's two of them, so this would technically be a “Bicorn”, which is even cooler, 'cuz if one horn is good, two's gotta be better, right?)

Like Starbuck's our goal is to entice our customers, who usually buy our other stuff, (just not as much of it as we'd like, to be honest), to buy our groovy horse head hinges, because, hey, they're groovy. And kinda unicorny.

Also like our friendly coffee purveyors of lefty-left coast fame, we intend to offer them at a “Special Price”*, for a “Limited Time”**. We'll even customize them with up to three colors of temporary glitter for an additional $10/set.

Call Modern Fence Technologies quick, while supplies last! (Our staff will  be happy to show you all the REAL savings to be had using genuine American made hardware and caps)

    * “Special Price” = 20% over list  (Because it's cool, and special!)
    ** “Limited Time” = Until we run out of them, or Mark and Marge find out we're doing this, whichever comes first!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

New Word For Today...


I heard a new word while watching a YouTube tear down review of a power tool, (the channel is AvE, if you want to check it out, he's informative and entertaining). The reviewer was referring to the low quality material used in a critical part in the tool he was dismantling as 


Of course, I knew right away what he meant from the context of the comment, but I wanted to know what the rest of the world, (at least the English speaking world) thinks “Chinesium” means.

  So I did what every proper scholar does. I Googled it. The Urban Dictionary catches, what I believe to be, the true essence of everything Chinesium is, and what you can't get from Modern Fence Technologies.

An element not found on the periodic table. A crappy metal or plastic substance made in China in the manufacture of ALL Chinese exports.
The only stuff under the Christmas tree this year is Chinesium crap.

Sadly, much Chinesium is shipped into the U.S. specifically because American consumers think they can game the system by paying less for a product, while expecting it to perform and last like something made well and priced accordingly.

Our landfills swell, and our bank accounts shrink, as we buy replacement after replacement...