DNA Fence Project

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I was asked for input on a theme for the fencing at a research center of a major university.    When I suggested a DNA top rail pattern they asked for a sample.  It wasn’t as easy as it looks to make.

Once I had the image in my mind then fabricating it became the interesting part of the project.  At the same time that the image came I recalled a roller I have for rolling tubing into circles.  The roller was given to me by a friend much smarter than me who had made it.  It had one small issue, it tended to spiral the material as it rolled it.

I cut another wheel for it with a bit of offset.  My friend is smarter than me.  I’m luckier than he is.  The offset I came up with worked perfectly the first time out.  I would much rather be lucky than good.  Anyone can be good, that only takes effort and smarts, mostly effort.

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It was a great idea.  The DNA pattern top rail would be on all the fencing, even some of the handrails guiding visitors through the displays.  I’m not interested in becoming a fence company doing thousands of feet of fence.  I do some work occasionally for a company that does a lot of government work and they jumped at the chance of being the contractor for the project.

Stuff happens.  A lot of stuff happened in 2008 that made universities revisit their budgets.

I still like the idea that the fence contractor couldn’t find anyone who could duplicate the fence sample.  Supposedly a couple of companys tried and failed.  Like I said, “I’d rather be lucky than good, anyone can be good.”

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    That’s certainly a unique design for a fence. Personally, I’d put barbs on the double helix pattern to add that extra bit of protection.

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