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Protect Your Fence from These Hazards

Protect Your Fence from These Hazards

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A wood fence is an investment that should last for decades – but did you know your yard may be full of hazards that can cut its life short? Only by protecting against these fence-destroying elements can homeowners ensure their wood fencing reaches its maximum lifespan.

This graphic highlights the top fence killers Northwest homeowners should watch out for.

Infographic Review

Infographic Design: C

This infographic does a good job of making all of the information easy to read and find. All of the information is centered around a picture of a fence. Each hazard is clearly labeled and has the information underneath of it. The background of the infographic is nice and works well with the topic. The images help to tell the story but it looked as if they were just thrown on the infographic without thought. There was a lot overlapping that to me looks messy and unorganized. I appreciate the use of the image but there was just no consideration of other elements on the page. I also think that the picture in the center of a real fence should be changed to a cartoon image not a real photograph. It sticks out because it is different from the rest of the images and does not work with the theme of the other images. One other thing that stands out to me is the word “destroy” in the title. I think that maybe this is the wrong word to highlight because when I first read it I thought that this infographic was about how to destroy a fence. I think that maybe the words “5 hazards” should be highlighted to show that this is to help prevent destroying a fence. A nice infographic that could have used a little more thought to make it look better and really be the best but it just didn’t get there.

Infographic Information: B

The information on the infographic is a lot different than the design. I felt that the information was helpful and gave great advice on what to do to prevent destroying your fence. The check list format for each section was nice so that the reader can be sure to accomplish each list. The information covers everything from construction to maintenance. It gave information that I had not heard before such as making sure leaves and other organic matter are removed from the fence because it can cause the fence to rot faster. I was surprised to see that you should stain your fence every two to three years. I had always just power washed it every year but I can see why you should stain it to make it last longer.  The information about how to construct a fence encourages the reader to build their own or at least to check behind those building it for them. I had always wondered why my fence cracked and split and the infographic pointed out that it is because of the sun in the summer. This is why it is important to stain and protect the wood. The information on this infographic was really informative and well thought out which is truly be beneficial to the reader.

Infographic submission provided by Rick’s Fencing, specializing in residential wood fences.

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How Much Do We Really Recycle: Infographic

How Much Do We Really Recycle: Infographic

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As this infographic confirms, we are, for lack of a better phrase, a “throw away” culture. That is, we do ridiculous things like dispose of seven and a half times our body weight each year. As expected, the above infographic makes a compelling case for recycling. It’s filled with tidbits that make you throw your hands up and say, “recycling is best!” That’s assuming you were on the fence of course. Most people know recycling is best; they just don’t do it out of laziness.

Some things about recycling you probably did not know but likely are not surprised by:
–Glass can be recycled over and over without ever losing its purity
–70% less energy is used to manufacture recycled paper
–The energy conserved from recycling one bottle can power a light bulb for one hour
–One recycled can of aluminum contains enough energy to power a Sony TV for three hours

Yes, there can be no argument. A world where more people recycle is the kind of world that most people should want to live in. I do have some issues with the “facts” presented at the bottom of the article though. The graphic claims that certain objects would take several thousand (or in some cases, several million) years to decompose. A Styrofoam cup, for instance, supposedly would not decompose until the year 7,500,000,000 A.D. Really? I have a hard time believing this. If you threw a Styrofoam cup in the woods, you’re telling me it would really take over a billion years for it to erode? I doubt that. What would happen in reality is that maggots and ants would eventually get on it, and it would begin to break down. When you combine the effects of animals with other elements of nature, such as rain and acid rain, the abstract theory that it would take billions of years for the cup to break down becomes even more implausible.

My basic philosophy is this: I’m all for recycling, but don’t try to scare me with inane claims about how long it takes for objects to decompose in a non-controlled, natural environment.

Infographics Scorecard

Design: B

The design meshes several elements well, and the bottom of the graphic is very aesthetically pleasing due to its use of objects.  Certain elements of the graphic are patchy though.  The “Total Individual Lifetime Disposal” circle is not necessarily easy to understand at first glance. It bogs down a bit. That portion of the graphic could have been handled better.

Content: B+

The content is well-presented, and for the most part, in an easy-to-understand way.  I would have awarded a higher grade, but as I explained earlier, I’m not buying the creator’s argument that it would take thousands and thousands of years for plastic jugs and glass bottles to decompose.  The Styrofoam cup theory makes even less sense when you factor in the temperature changes of the planet.  Think about how hot the planet will be in 7 billion years.

Overall, this graphic is very well-done but has some room for improvement.

This graphic was provided by the fine folks at recycle.co.uk

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