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All American Fabrications

4414 Ponca St
McHenry, IL 60050847-516-2499

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Chicago's Finest Ironworks

17564 Chicago Ave
Lansing, IL 60438708-895-4484

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Dodd Iron Works

PO Box 2361
Northlake, IL 60164847-455-0850

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K D Iron Works

542 W Colfax St Ste 5
Palatine, IL 60067847-991-3039

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Porfi Iron Works

846 W Superior St
Chicago, IL 60642773-817-1966

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Wilson Railing & Metal Fab

64 Wilson Ave
Park City, IL 60085847-662-1747

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Good fences cost good money. Though some homeowners opt to DIY the job, most count on fence builders to help with the design and handle the construction. We found some in the area that were highly rated by their customers; unfortunately, we also found some that weren’t held in high regard at all. And our mystery shoppers discovered huge price differences among companies bidding on the same job.

Begin by reviewing and deciding on fence type, materials, finish, height, spacing and width of slats, and post size. Also decide whether you want extras such as latticework or an electronic gate. Most fence builders provide catalogs you can examine.

Before investing in an alarm system, take a step back to evaluate—and improve—your home’s overall security. You can do many things to enhance protections that cost much less than an alarm system but do just as much good.

We recommend you first improve physical barriers to intrusion before considering an expensive alarm system. But there is evidence that alarm systems do make a difference. Here is advice on the pros and cons of alarm systems and help planning one.

Even if you purchase a home security system with all the bells and whistles, it might not do you any good if it’s designed poorly or installed sloppily. When hiring an installer, consider several points.

Start by asking the big questions. Carefully consider what you think you want, focusing on what you’d like to gain and possible options for obtaining it.