There are two questions that temporary fence hire companies get asked often:
a.) Do I really need fence bracing?
b.) Do you have a lighter concrete foot I can use?
If you have ever seen a temporary fence lying flat on the ground on a wet and windy winter day, you have your answer. The temporary fence fell over and caused a safety breach on a construction site precisely because it did not have a support or a heavy concrete foot.
Specifically, it did not have bracing attached at regular intervals to prevent the fence from falling down. The concrete feet were also not heavy enough to support the weight of the temporary fence.
A Temporary Fence is Unstable
By nature, a temporary fence is unsteady because it is, after all, temporary. It is not secured to anything and its light weight makes it an easy target for unpredictable weather conditions. High winds and pelting storms can easily knock the fence down, even more so when you add a privacy shade cloth to it.
With erratic weather and construction sites that are prone to high winds, like Wellington, you must consider extra stability when hiring temporary fencing. To maintain its stability, every temporary fence should have two features:
Concrete feet act as great stabilisers. They are placed on the bases of the panels and secure the fence to the ground. The added weight aids in keeping each of the panels in place.
Bracing is especially ideal for soft ground cover, uneven ground and areas where there is an opening gate. It provides a good safeguard against high winds and prevents it from knocking down the fence.
The weather may be unpredictable, but with the right products and accessories, you can predict the safety and stability of your temporary fence. Another piece of advice: Never ask again why you need bracing and heavy concrete feet.