A trademan's life

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A trademan's life

On the back of the mining boom it's finally cool to be a tradie again - and thank goodness because I can't think of anything worse than being a desk jockey! The trick to earning big dollars at the moment isn't having a fancy law degree - it's being good with your hands and able to to fix and maintain any industrial equipment. Everyday is a new challenge in this job, with new problems coming up all the time. You'll never get bored! This site has loads of tips and tricks on maintain common and uncommon industrial and mining equipment.

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How to Maintain Steel Fencing Panels

Any property has a boundary line that marks its perimeter. Most people, understandably, like to mark this line with hedges or fencing. There is an array of fencing available from traditional wood panels through to steel fencing and aluminium slat fencing. The last two not only mark the boundary, but they increase the privacy by creating a large visual barrier.

Steel Fence Maintenance

A large visual barrier may sound like an eyesore, a few years ago this would mean just that, but with such a wide selection on the market nowadays, steel fencing has become increasingly elegant with various styles to suit and create any ambience. Regular upkeep and maintenance of any steel fencing will ensure it remains as elegant as the day it was erected.

  • Prevent corrosion by washing down the fencing with fresh water regularly – avoid using a stiff brush or abrasive cleaners as this will scratch the surface of the steel. Not only does brushing ruin the appearance, but it also lessens the lifespan of the fence. 
  • Ensure chemicals, pesticides or other damaging liquids are washed free as soon as possible if contact is made with your steel fencing.
  • Try to prevent leaves and soil building up along the base plinth of the fencing; this will in time create a corrosive process.

Any or all of these pointers should be carried out several times a year. This could increase in certain areas depending on the air quality and surroundings of the fencing. For example, if the steel fencing is located near the coast, salt in the air will have an impact on the fence and allow rust to build up if the fence has no care for any lengthy period. The same would apply to fencing around pools due to the chlorine, which will also have an effect on any fencing including steel and aluminium.

What Can't Be Repaired Can Be Replaced

A great factor of steel fencing, much like aluminium slat fencing, is that damaged or corroded panels can be removed and a new panel put in its place without a huge overhaul. Each panel stands between the fence posts independently, making a replacement quick, easy and much cheaper than many would anticipate.

Remember, prevention is better than cure - and this remains very true with steel fencing panels. The better level of care received by the panels the longer they will last and maintain your boundary lines safely, securely and elegantly.