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#6312236 - 08/28/18 07:40 AM Another completed barrier job
Bob Jameson Online   content


Registered: 12/25/06
Posts: 3482
Loc: SW Pa
Before and After photos. Not a large project about 34 linear feet in all, but a good ad on service for many years of problem animals getting under an add on to a home.

Groundhogs, skunks, feral cats and opossums frequented, burrowed and some died under this addition to cause foul decaying odors to filter up into the home over the last few years. No more problems now.

I have found most customers prefer the exposed wood framing look over lattice which was previously used to attempt to guard the open area.
This client also preferred to leave the lattice off of the framing in the end. Lattice and sheets of heavy foam board had been used by a handy man in an attempt to help this client.

The customer is going to build a large flower box across the bottom of the barrier framing to dress up the rough back fill of various block and rock pieces that had been left after the addition construction had been completed.

It will look nice once the flower box has been established with annuals and perennials.













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#6312321 - 08/28/18 09:20 AM Re: Another completed barrier job [Re: Bob Jameson]
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Registered: 11/10/16
Posts: 315
Loc: Wisconsin, USA
looks very nice, great job!
I see the combination of mesh and dig defence is popular.
Did you do the wood framing?
Why did you stop short with dig defence at the very right? foundation there?
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#6312450 - 08/28/18 01:43 PM Re: Another completed barrier job [Re: Bob Jameson]
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Registered: 12/25/06
Posts: 3482
Loc: SW Pa
I do most all the framing on our barrier jobs for the most part. My employees do some on their own. I do the ones that the clients seem to be more particular with what the final framing looks like. If we are facing off with lattice it really doesn't matter.

On occasion I may have one of my guys assist if they aren't on other calls. I really only need assistance when framing the wire grid and driving the dig defence. I can do most framing work alone as I prefer to take my time to make sure things are the way I would like them to look.

There was terra cotta block and cement blocks used as fill in the far right corner. You can't drive any spikes down the way the back fill was left. No animal digging will get thru that area as far as I could determine. There is some cement footer in the corner also down deep.

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#6312561 - 08/28/18 05:01 PM Re: Another completed barrier job [Re: Bob Jameson]
Aix sponsa Online   content
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Registered: 02/23/14
Posts: 6900
Loc: Louisiana
I donít do this type of stuff, but I still appreciate you taking the time to share it.


Thanks Bob
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#6312727 - 08/28/18 07:26 PM Re: Another completed barrier job [Re: Bob Jameson]
ACP Offline
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Registered: 01/23/18
Posts: 10
Loc: Crossville,TN
Thanks for showing your work. I try to push exclusions as often as possible but I don't get alot of takers.

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#6313016 - 08/29/18 06:43 AM Re: Another completed barrier job [Re: Bob Jameson]
Bob Jameson Online   content


Registered: 12/25/06
Posts: 3482
Loc: SW Pa
We get more exclusion work every year. Particularly with skunk problems that are recurring over the last few years.Some clients are content to just want to pay the annual trapping fees for ground hog and skunk trapping work. In time some see the merit in the service.

This particular job I bid it in May of this spring and the younger gal just called a couple of weeks back to say she decided to get it done. She had two dead animal odor problems that got up under the house that was quite bad over a couple of months. That was all it took in this case. She just couldn't deal with this continuing trend.

We carry wire and barrier grid samples to show the clients and photos of some completed jobs. Many times that helps to sell the work with photos to show them a typical finished product. Some will call back in a few days and wish to have the work done asap. We got some real good jobs this spring. You can get some good income from these barriers we have found once you learn how to bid them right.

We don't want to get into a lot of contracting type work but it is an effective ad on service that will continue to pay dividends over the years. Once you establish your exclusion and framing model it is much easier each job that is done there after.

Many of these jobs come in at just the right time in the spring when our usual mole season is beginning to slow down. So things just seem to work out nicely. I can also work on these projects at my leisure usually and still be free to take other work and come back to it until completed.

We also put an Excluder device into the finished barrier near the suspected burrow or deck entry point for a few days to ensure that we don't trap anything within the barrier.

Years ago when I was younger I didn't do much barrier work as I wasn't confident in how things would look and work out. Then it was usually a lot of digging etc., a job that I didn't look forward in doing. With new tools, materials and some experience you can do a great job and add to your income and offer professional services with confidence and pride.

If I can do this kind of work I know anyone can. Learn to use basic hand tools, a rule, saw, level and a speed square at your own pace and check your work well before you cut and install your components and it will all work out good.

I don't usually take the time to document work but in my senior years I would like to pass on a few things that photos help to explain methods and appearance much better for someone else who may benefit some day.

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#6313121 - 08/29/18 08:48 AM Re: Another completed barrier job [Re: Bob Jameson]
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Registered: 01/23/18
Posts: 10
Loc: Crossville,TN
I definitely appreciate your time and the spreading of knowledge. I'm sure that myself and other new guys can benefit heavily from what you and other folks have learned

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#6313218 - 08/29/18 11:16 AM Re: Another completed barrier job [Re: Bob Jameson]
Aggie73 Offline
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Registered: 03/05/12
Posts: 30
Loc: South Texas
Bob - Thank you for sharing your tips and ideas. And your "pics paint a thousand words!" There are quite a few vets on this forum that share their ADC experiences. All of us benefit!
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