DIY Tips

Your Easy Fencing DIY Guide

  1. Measure the distance you would like to enclose and determine the height you would prefer your fence to be.
  2. Decide where any gates must go and the length and type of gate required.
  3. Bring these measurements to us at the Polokwane branch where one of our counter-salesmen will assist you. You will need 2 capped posts for your first panel and 1 post for every panel thereafter.
  4. Panels are made to a maximum width of 3,0m and any height between 300mm and 3 000mm.
  5. Post lengths will differ according to your needs. Ideally you need 600mm in the ground plus the height of your palisade fence. For example: for a 1,8m high fence you must add 600mm making the ideal post height 2,4m.
  6. The holes must be dug 600mm deep and 350mm x 350mm wide and centre to centre of the holes will be determined by the length of the panels you will be installing. For a 3.0m wide panel, from centre to centre of the holes will be 3.076m, a 2.0m panel will be 2.076m and so forth.
  7. Each hole will require 1 bag of ready mix concrete.
  8. Using a fish line to ensure that you get a straight line and a measuring tape to determine the distance between the holes, plant the posts in the holes. Use a spirit level to make sure your posts are straight and upright. Let the concrete cure for at least 24 hours.
  9. Place panels between the planted posts, determine the ground clearance you desire and weld in to place.
  10. Your palisade fence now needs to be cleaned with thinners and then painted with red oxide primer and finally with a good quality enamel paint.


Cold Rolled and Hot Rolled VS. Cold Formed and Hot Formed

Cold Rolled and Hot Rolled VS. Cold Formed and Hot Formed, The misconception

There is a large misconception in the market and across all industries in South Africa regarding the terms cold and hot rolled and cold and hot formed. The difference in the terms is simple yet confusing.

Cold Rolled and Hot Rolled Products refers to the type of steel used during the manufacturing process. The difference between the two lies in the material that the profile was manufactured or rolled from. Hot Rolled material is material that is formed when the steel is above its re-crystallization temperature while Cold Rolled material is formed when the temperature of the steel is below its re-crystallization temperature. Steel profiles can be manufactured from a variety of materials including Cold Rolled Mild Steel, Hot Rolled Mild Steel, Stainless Steel, Pre Galvanized Steel etc.

Cold Formed Steel and Hot Formed Steel refers to the process that the end product underwent to be formed. This can also be referred to as Hot- or Cold Worked Steel.

At BHL & J we make use of hot rolled materials.

  • Price

If you are looking into using hot rolled steel on your project, you will have to take the price of the steel into consideration.  One of the downsides to using hot rolled steel over hot cold formed steel is the higher price.

Hot rolled steel is easier to work with and manipulate. This is because the steel is heated up to such a level that it easily bends, rolls and can be cut. This makes the process faster. On the other hand, cold rolled steel is harder to work with and manipulate. This means it takes more time to shape and form.

If you have a tight budget you are working with, hot rolled steel may not fit into the budget.

  • Inability to Change the Width of the Steel

A disadvantage to hot rolled steel is that you don’t have the ability to change the width where with cold form your materials is sometimes thinner and thus not as strong as the steel that you are working with. As such, when the hot rolling technique is being utilized, it is important to use the appropriate width of steel sheets. Unfortunately, if a warehouse doesn’t have those in stock, they have to wait to get them in, which can delay the construction of your building. Or, if you need a unique or abnormal steel thickness, you may not be able to go with cold rolling.

Pros of Hot Rolled Steel

  • Stronger

One of the major advantages to hot rolling steel is that the steel is up to 20 percent stronger when compared to cold formed steel. This is because using heat to roll steel strenthens the steel. When you subject the steel to hot temperatures, it keeps its structural integrity, which can make it stronger. This peace of mind may be well worth the additional cost.

While cold rolled steel may cost a little bit less, you get a structure that is weaker as well,

  • Has a More Desirable Surface Finish

The other benefit to hot rolled steel is that it has a more desirable surface finish. Hot rolled steel looks better than cold form steel. This is one of the main reasons why hot rolled steel is the preferred technique for steel finishes.

Deciding between cold rolled and hot rolled steel is a big decision. However, taking the time to learn about these two building materials can help you decide which is the better product for your construction project.

Benefits of Palisade Fencing:

  1. It is one of the most popular methods of fencing due to its affordability.
  2. Palisade fences also offer a high level of perimeter security as intruders are unable to hide behind palisade fencing, thus giving your property an unobstructed view from almost any angle.
  3. Palisade panels have a versatile aesthetic appearance as they can be painted to fit in with any exterior color scheme.
  4. Palisade fencing is one of the most difficult types of fencing to climb over or cut.

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