High Winds – Keep Your Fences Up!

Hello readers. This week we would like to talk about high winds and preparations you can make to keep your fences up.

As the majority of you will be aware hurricane Irma caused devastation in the Caribbean and the U.S.A. ultimately costing many people their lives or livelihoods.

Fortunately in the UK we do not experience such ferocious weather although we still have high winds and even the occasional tornado.

The high winds we do experience here in the UK can cause a lot of damage. Powerlines and trees are usually the first to go. Although people often overlook the items close to home including their fences. Poor quality fencing or inadequate fence post erection are the main issues causing fences to fall.

SecureFix Direct - Fallen fences a common sight after high winds.

SecureFix Direct – Fallen fences a common sight after high winds.

Here at SecureFix Direct we have a huge range of fencing equipment for just about every application. With autumn now here and the weather sure to take a turn for the worse in the coming weeks. Now is the time to check your fence posts and make sure that they are well supported in the ground.

At SecureFix Direct we have a variety of fence post supports with the ever popular wedge grip system to suit every application.

SecureFix Direct - Spike fence post supports keep your fence post stable in high winds.

SecureFix Direct – Spike fence post supports keep your fence post stable in high winds.

Below are some examples from our range.

  • Spike supports are designed to be driven into the ground and the 4 fin steel spike will provide gale beating strength and durability.
  • Concrete in fence supports are designed to allow the erection of fencing posts into a concrete base. These are designed to be used where the ground conditions won’t allow a drive in spike or in a hard standing area.
  • Bolt down supports are designed to allow the erection of fencing posts within minutes as they don’t require holes to be dug or concrete to be mixed, saving time and money. These bolt down post supports are designed to be fixed down onto an existing concrete base or where they must be mounted onto a wall.

All of our fence post supports hold the fence posts above the ground level to help protect against rot and decay. Our fence post supports are painted brown to help blend in with your fence posts but can still be re-painted to match your chosen colour scheme. They are also all available in either 3” or 4” versions.

Our fence post supports help give a strong and stable base to give great strength and durability to help stabilise your fence in high winds.

We are adding more and more fence post support styles every week with our bolt grip versions due to become available in the near future.

Until next time we hope you stay safe this autumn and remember the wind is more powerful than you may think.

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End Of Summer Discounts!

Hello readers,

September is upon us and the kids are going back to school, signalling the end of the summer and start of autumn.

It can be a stressful time of year on the pocket, new uniforms and stationary to buy for example.

With this in mind we would like to share our exclusive discount code, to help you get those essential items for your hobby without breaking the bank.

As always all orders placed before midday will be dispatched the same day so you get your items as quickly as possible.With next day and free delivery options available, your discounted products are just a click away.

Just enter ‘celebrate5’ during the checkout process on our website to get your exclusive 5% off your total order value.

We hope you enjoyed your summer and look forward to the golden colours of autumn

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Falling Trees An Autumn Danger!

Hello readers. With August bank holiday done and dusted we now look ahead to autumn.

The leaves will soon be turning gold in colour before eventually falling, it makes autumn a beautiful time of year don’t you think?

With autumn, normally comes more severe weather, high winds and heavy rain storms.

These storms yet sometimes spectacular can also be immensely powerful and can cause severe damage.

Fallen trees are a common sight once the storm has passed and can be awkward to remove as they can weigh up to several tons.

SecureFix Direct - Fallen trees can cause severe damage.

SecureFix Direct – Fallen trees can cause severe damage.

Here at SecureFix Direct we want to give you a helping hand in trying to minimise any potential risk of falling trees and also what equipment to use should you need to remove a fallen tree.

First off we need to asses any trees that may be within range of our family and property – should they fall. We need to make sure they are healthy and if we spot a problem speak to the relevant people to rectify the issue.

Here are seven signs that your tree could be a potential risk. If you have any doubt then speak with a professional.

  • A hole in the trunk. A cavity can form in the trunk of a tree when the tree prunes itself by dropping a branch.
  • Missing bark or deep cracks.
  • Dead or falling branches.
  • Leaning trunk (Trees always lean a little but not too much)
  • Losing leaves from the outside in.
  • Rotten roots.
  • Tight branch growth.

Should the worse happen and you have to deal with a fallen tree then there are several items which can be useful in aiding the removal process.

Depending on the size of the tree you may be able to use a tow chain and pull it out of the way with a suitable vehicle.

SecureFix Direct – One of our rope hoists perfect to help remove heavy debris.

Web slings and wire rope hoists are also perfect for helping to drag the debris clear. Winches are also very effective with less effort involved if you choose an electric version.

We have a huge variety of equipment from pulley blocks to shackles and everything in between which will help you move just about anything.

We hope you find these tips helpful and stay safe.

#AutumnIsComing #madeinbritainhour #stormyweather

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Stay Dry This Bank Holiday!

Hello readers. This week we would like to talk about the upcoming bank holiday weekend.

As we all know, the British weather normally decides to interrupt our bank holiday plans with a sprinkling of rain however, this weekends weather may just be a fair one.

The August bank holiday sees seaside towns and popular countryside spots inundated with campers and caravaners as they try to make the best of a long weekend.

Here at SecureFix Direct we want to help you enjoy the weekend away to the maximum whatever the weather.

Whether you like the feeling of sleeping under canvas in a tent or prefer the more homely feel of a caravan or motorhome we have something to help.

For all you campers out there we know how important it is to keep things dry, this can be difficult with limited space.

Here at SecureFix Direct we supply a huge range of items to help keep you dry such as; tarpaulin for that make shift shelter to waterproof bags to keep those essentials dry should the weather take a turn for the worse.

We also supply a huge range of shock cord including bungee loops to help quickly and easily, secure tarpaulin and many other items.

SecureFix Direct - Tarpaulin keeping you dry this summer.

SecureFix Direct – Tarpaulin keeping you dry this summer.

Maybe you are in a motorhome or caravan this weekend? No problem, we have a huge range of accessories to assist you to enjoy the weekend to the full.

We have a range of water tanks and awning pulleys to macerator and diaphragm pumps to help keep your caravan or motorhome running smoothly.

SecureFix Direct – Our 120 litre water tank for caravans and motorhomes.

Don’t forget we also have a next day delivery service available so you could still get that essential item before you holiday.

We hope you enjoy your bank holiday weekend.

 

#bankholiday #camping #britishweather #caravan #motorhome

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What Is Made In Britain?

Hello readers. This week we are talking ‘Made In Britain’ of which we are a recognised member.

Made In Britain is a unique marque which promotes British manufacturers all under one name. This means you can shop with confidence knowing that, when you see the ‘Made In Britain’ marque you can be assured of British manufactured goods.

SecureFix Direct - We are Made In Britain recognised

SecureFix Direct – We are Made In Britain recognised

 

The Made in Britain marque is accredited to businesses that sell goods that have been manufactured or have undergone a final substantial change in the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland before sale.

Here at SecureFix Direct we have completed and passed the stringent accreditation process to become an accredited member of ‘Made In Britain’ giving you, the reassurance and confidence of a quality product with quality service to match.

Our products are sourced from around the globe & locations selected based upon, value, speciality & expertise. All of our stock is held within our UK warehouse, packaged & dispatched all here at SecureFix Direct. Our chain slings are measured, assembled & tested within our purpose built UK unit & test certification signed by our British workers.

SecureFix Direct - Our UK Based Warehouse

SecureFix Direct – Our UK Based Warehouse

You can view our Made In Britain Profile here.

We hope this helps you understand about the Made In Britain marque and the benefits of shopping with Made In Britain recognised companies.

#MadeInBritain #British #madeinbritainhour

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Exclusive Benefits With Our Newsletter

Hello readers. We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to our newsletter.

Our newsletter will give you access to exclusive offers and discounts, our newest products and offers. The SecureFix Direct newsletter will be sent direct to your inbox, meaning you will be the first to know about new and exciting products and offers when they become available.

SecureFix Direct – Exciting New Products

Will I get bombarded with multiple annoying emails?

No, we will generally only send you our newsletter once a month.

Unless, there really is something worth shouting about like a 24hr flash sale for example, our newsletters will be few and far between and completely exclusive to you.

Is it easy to sign up?

You bet, all you need to do is click here and enter your name and email address.

Are the exclusive offers really exclusive?

Yes, all of our newsletter offers and discounts will be exclusive to our newsletter readers only and will not be advertised anywhere else.

SecureFix Direct – Customer Loyalty Points

Is it easy to unsubscribe if I want to?

Yes, We want you to enjoy our newsletters but if you feel it’s not for you it’s a simple link at the bottom of each email so you can unsubscribe in a matter of seconds.

We want you to enjoy our latest products and save money whilst you do so. Sign up here today and start enjoying the benefits.

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Theft Prevention (Motorcycle/Bicycle Security)

This week the BBC reported on the rising number of thefts and in particular the amount of unsolved cases regarding bicycle theft.

Here at SecureFix Direct we are keen cyclists and enjoy nothing more than a summer bike ride on either a bicycle or motorcycle.

SecureFix Direct - Security Is Paramount

SecureFix Direct – Security Is Paramount

We take the security of our pride and joys seriously and demand the best to keep them safe.

So what can we do to keep our bicycle or motorcycle safe?

  • If out lock it up in a well-lit public place to deter thieves due to number of potential witnesses.
  • Keep the lock off the ground and through the frame to prevent a sledgehammer being used.
  • Get you bike marked so it can be recognised if stolen, this itself is a deterrent.
  • If possible take anything removable with you (lights, saddle, wheel, gps etc)
  • If at home use a chain and padlock as well as a Standard D lock or wire lock to provide double protection.
  • If possible, use a ground anchor to secure it to the ground.
  • Always ensure that it can’t be lifted off the object you secure it to.
  • Always lock the bike via the frame, as the wheels may easily be removed.

Here at SecureFix Direct we have a huge range of security items to help keep your bicycle/motorcycle safe. From concrete-in u bolts to give you a ground anchor through to security chains, locking cables and padlocks. We may just have something to suit every situation.

SecureFix Direct - Our Motorcycle/Bicycle Lock

SecureFix Direct – Our Motorcycle/Bicycle Lock

If you follow the tips above it may just help keep your pride and joy safe and sound awaiting your return.

We hope you found this blog informative and get enjoying these summer nights.

#security #secure #motorcycle #protection #cycling

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Transportation & Vehicle Recovery (Formula One)

Hello readers. In this weeks blog we are looking forward at the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone next weekend.

With British driver Lewis Hamilton on top of his game for Mercedes can we have a British winner for the fourth consecutive year? If Lewis does win the race next weekend he would be the first British driver to win four years in a row at Silverstone.

SecureFix Direct - Aerial view of Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit

SecureFix Direct – Aerial View Of Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit

This got us thinking here at SecureFix Direct all these Formula One teams and the hundreds of thousands of club racers out there have one thing in common, transporting their race cars.

The budgets and requirements of transportation vary upon championship and budget. Some on trailers others with specially designed race transporters.

Whatever the budget, transportation has to be delivered in the most secure way possible so that your precious cargo will not go anywhere whilst on the move.

We are able to support and supply the entire range of participants and that even includes the just as important orange army of Marshals who may use our equipment in times of recovery should the worst happen.

SecureFix Direct - You never know when you may need recovering

SecureFix Direct – You never know when you may need recovering

Here at SecureFix Direct we are massive motorsport enthusiasts and understand the needs for transporting such precious cargo safely.

We supply a huge range of equipment from recovery kits, ratchets, breakaway cables, trailer parts, tow straps and winches right down to the, humble, use anywhere tarpaulin.

SecureFix Direct - Our range of Vehicle Recovery & Transport Equipment

SecureFix Direct – Our range of Vehicle Recovery & Transport Equipment

All of us here at SecureFix Direct Would like to wish all the drivers, spectators, marshals and officials a safe and enjoyable British Grand Prix.

 

#F1 #44 #teamlh #britishgp #silverstone #britishgrandprix #BMMC #thanksmarshal

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Early Harvesting

Hello readers. We are talking temperature; with the temperatures returning to a more normal state this week what effect did last week’s heatwave have for Britain’s farmers?

Some of our farming customers have advised us that they have been pushed into an early harvest because of the last few weeks soaring temperatures and dry heat.
Their crops ready earlier than usual which will no doubt have caused problems for many other farmers.

With an early harvest in mind, we understand that there are questions to be asked; Are tractors in need of some extra attention?
Are farmers in need of a safe storage area for their crops?

Here at SecureFix Direct we value our farming community and in what is a testing climate, the continued efforts for keeping us all fed.

With our range of Agricultural Accessories & Tractor Spares from Conversion Bush Kits, Wire Rope Hoists and Drop Handle Tow Pins down to the humble Linch and Shaft Locking Pins,
we are certain that we have something to offer to help keep the harvest on track and our farmers Agricultural equipment operating efficiently.

SecureFix Direct - Agricultural Accessories & Tractor Spares

SecureFix Direct – Agricultural Accessories & Tractor Spares

Here At SecureFix Direct we also stock a huge range of fencing and landscaping products to help keep the farms themselves in great condition.
Our range of fencing supplies includes post rammers, wire rope, spinning jennys, fence strainers and even electric fence testers.

SecureFix Direct - Garden Fencing & Landscaping Supplies

SecureFix Direct – Garden Fencing & Landscaping Supplies

We hope that in some small way we can help keep the harvest on track and help our farmers.

#harvest17 #agriculture #farming #tractors #harvest

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Summer Safety At The Locks

What fantastic weather we have had the last few days! Have we got more to come?

The sociable weather got us here, at SecureFix Direct thinking about the weekend and getting back on to the canal’s enjoying the sunshine.

This weekend is no doubt going to be an extremely busy time on the water and with this in mind we thought that we could share some thoughts & advice on lock safety.

Now whether you’re an experienced skipper or one of the many that hire a boat for just the weekend, lock safety is paramount.

SecureFix Direct - Waterways Lock

SecureFix Direct – Waterways Lock

The awesome power of water is something we need to be wary of and keep ourselves safe. So what can you do to keep yourself and others safe whilst operating a lock?

The Canal & River Trust have these Lock Safety guidelines to help keep us safe:

  • Take your time whilst keeping an eye out for problems
  • Enter and leave slowly so bumps are less likely to cause damage
  • Always have a competent person on board while the boat’s in the lock
  • Keep your boat well away from the gates and cills
  • Boats tend to get thrown about when water flows in and out of a lock so stay alert
  • When using fenders, make sure they don’t get caught up on the lockside or gates
  • Watch out for slippery surfaces when you’re pushing the gates open
  • Work out some clear signals so that the crew and skipper can communicate quickly – a signal that means ‘close all the paddles, for example
  • Wait for the boat already in the lock to leave before you start opening or closing paddles. Ask first before helping other boaters to complete the lock operation
  • Watch out for unprotected drops around the lockside, especially when opening gates.

Never operated a lock?

You will need a lock handle or windlass like our very own SecureFix Direct version below:

SecureFix Direct - Lock Key Handle

SecureFix Direct – Lock Key Handle

 

Operating a lock is pretty straightforward but things needs to be done in a particular order.

This Canal & River Trust video explains in good detail how to correctly operate a lock.

https://youtu.be/3UIW7VotJpM

We do hope that today’s blog has been informative, we have plenty more articles on our website and blog and, our website has a huge selection of Marine ideas and plenty of useful and important products for your vessel from navigation lights and steering wheels though to emergency safety equipment and cleats.

SecureFix Direct - Navigation Lights

SecureFix Direct – Navigation Lights

 

We hope this blog has been useful and informative for you and you are looking forward to getting back out on the water as much as we are.

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Fire Safety #GrenfellTower #staysafe

Here at SecureFix Direct we are very conscious about safety especially when it concerns our families at home.

With the tragic events that have unfolded over the last few days regarding the Grenfell Tower in London it brings us to question are we really safe at home.

Have we got a way out? Have we got an escape route should the worst happen? This is something that is often forgotten about but is essential for survival.

When thinking how we can improve safety for our own families and planning our own escape routes at home we immediately thought of our 15 foot Fire Escape Ladders, to give us a safe way out from upper floors.

The SecureFix Direct 15 foot safety ladder simply hooks over your window ledge giving you a strong and safe passage to the ground and out of harms way.

The SecureFix Direct 15 foot safety ladder are light and compact making it not only functional but, also minimising use of storage. The safety ladders takes just seconds to set up giving you and your family peace of mind and a perfect escape route should an immediate escape by means of the last resort be required.

All of us here at SecureFix Direct wish to pass on our condolences to all concerned and our gratitude to the emergency services for their work in such awful tragic circumstances.

During this difficult time we are offering 15% off this essential piece of home safety equipment with code:

‘newsletter15’

To Use The Code Simply Fill Your Basket, Checkout, Enter Code & Enjoy 15% Off Your Total Order Value By Applying The Code, ‘newsletter15’.

#GrenfellTower #staysafe

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