Soft Ropes & Their Uses

Hello again.  This week our subject material is going to be our range of soft ropes and their many different uses.  Soft rope is another item that can have a huge range of uses from washing lines, pull cords & more.  The materials & construction used to manufacture the soft rope will dictate what uses they are best suited for.

We stock a range of starter ropes from 3mm to 6mm in diameter.  These can be used in a variety of ways, however the main purpose of these is as starter pull cord.  You will find these on outboard motors on boats.  In the garden, hedge cutters, chainsaws and petrol powered lawnmowers are often fired up by use of a pull cord.  The same applies to those of you who would use generators on a weekend away in your motorhomes.

SecureFix Direct - An example of Sisal Rope being used with fencing in the garden.

SecureFix Direct – An example of Sisal Rope being used with fencing in the garden.

Sisal Ropes are great for use in decorating your garden decking areas.  They are used for the fencing in the image above and also to cover the floor of the decking itself.  You may find some of these in use on old sailing ships for decorative purposes too.  They hold knots well & are resistant to abrasion.

SecureFix Direct - Blue Polypropylene Rope available in coils and reels from 4mm-24mm diameters.

SecureFix Direct – Blue Polypropylene Rope available in coils and reels from 4mm-24mm diameters.

Blue Polypropylene Rope is useful out on the water.  The low density properties of the product enable it to float on water, helping you to see where the rope is with ease.  The blue colour also helps this to stand out against the deck of a boat, whether it is still coiled or unraveled.

We have a wide range of shock cord assemblies too.  These are great for tying back sails on boats, holding down luggage on trailers, repairing tent poles and keeping other items in place.  For those of you who prefer to build up your own, our range of crimping tools, crimps and reels of shock cord will serve to help you.

Don’t forget to contact us via our website should you need more information on the above and anything else!

#tentpole #pprope #startercord #sisal #natural

 

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Made In Britain – Our Chain Slings & Assemblies

Since becoming members of #madeinbritain, a website dedicated to promoting British assembled & manufactured goods, we are working to expand our range of “Made In Britain” goods.

Our most popular “Made In Britain” product range are our lifting chain slings.  What are chain slings actually for?  These slings serve a variety of purposes within the UK and abroad, many of which will be in use on things you may not have realised benefit from these slings.

SecureFix Direct - An example of a 4 leg chain sling in action

SecureFix Direct – An example of a 4 leg chain sling in action

In the above, this chain sling is being used to lift a small fabrication. The lifting points on the item are being used in conjunction with the sling, in order to raise this from the ground via a crane.

SecureFix Direct - 2 leg chain slings attached to a skip wagon for moving skips

SecureFix Direct – 2 leg chain slings attached to a skip wagon for moving skips

Chain slings are also used for moving skips when attached to lorries, providing a strong and durable method for lifting heavy objects.

The manufacturing process involves the cutting of the required lengths of chain, selecting the correct types of hook & connectors, and then fitting these depending on type.  Clevis type hooks for example would be secured to the chain via hammering a securing pin to hold the clevis pin in place.  Eye hooks on the other hand would be kept in place by slotting one half of a component connector through the eye & the other through the chain.  The connector is then secured together again by hammering a pin into place. Once fully assembled at our UK warehouse, the sling will be Examined, ID Tagged and a LOLER Lifting Test Certificate issued in accordance with relevant UK Legislation.

Whatever your application or intentions are, SecureFix Direct are here to help.  Should you need a special chain sling assembling, wire rope assembly making or anything else then contact us today via our website.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Keep your eyes peeled on our future blogs, offers and also on our website for more “Made In Britain” stock.  Winch wire ropes and more are coming soon!

#lifting #slings #chainsling #skip #madeinbritain #hoist

 

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Manual Handling Safe Practices & Essential Equipment.

Welcome readers. When it comes to manual handling choosing the correct equipment for the job is essential.

It is imperative that you follow the simple & effective guidelines to keep you safe whilst moving heavy objects.

By using the correct equipment and techniques, businesses could save thousands due to increased productivity and the reduction of injury related absence.

An estimated 11.6 million working days or 1.3 billion pounds are lost each year, due to musculoskeletal injuries, many of which could have been avoided by using the correct lifting techniques or equipment.

SecureFix Direct - Back injuries bring crippling pain.

SecureFix Direct – Back injuries bring crippling pain.

Below are an example of some of the Health & Safety Executives guidelines for safe manual handling.

Always take the following into account:

  • Individual capability, the nature of the load, environmental conditions & prior training.
  • Remove obstructions from the route.
  • Consider using a lifting aid, such as a forklift truck, electric or hand-powered hoist, or a conveyor.
  • For a long lift, plan to rest the load midway on a table or bench to change grip.
  • Keep the load close to the waist. The load should be kept close to the body for as long as possible while lifting.
  • Reduce the amount of twisting, stooping and reaching.
  • Avoid lifting from floor level or above shoulder height, especially heavy loads

Here at SecureFix Direct, we supply a huge range of manual handling equipment to help keep you safe.

Pallet Trucks are a robust cost effective solution.  These are a great choice for moving pallets & other heavy loads.  They are available in a variety of capacities from 300KG to 2500KG.

SecureFix Direct - Pallet Trucks are an essential piece of warehouse equipment.

SecureFix Direct – Pallet Trucks are an essential piece of warehouse equipment.

Do you need to lift your pallets onto racking? No room for a forklift?

SecureFix Direct - Our huge range of Hand Stackers.

SecureFix Direct – Our huge range of Hand Stackers.

Our Hand Stackers are capable of various heights and capacities to suit your application. Semi electric versions make for a less labour intensive experience, by lifting heavy items at the pull of a lever.

Bags and boxes can also be surprisingly heavy, this is where a sack truck can be the ideal solution to move smaller heavy items.

SecureFix Direct - Stair Climb Sack Trucks are highly useful.

SecureFix Direct – Stair Climb Sack Trucks are highly useful.

We have a variety of Sack Trucks in stock including specialised versions, such as our 150KG Stair Climber Sack Truck, for moving loads up steps.

As well as the above, we also stock many more manual handling tools, ready for immediate dispatch.  Subject to location, they all come with free standard delivery, next day delivery can also be an option.

With our range of manual handling equipment on the market today, we can help you to minimise risks from injury whilst moving loads, and to help make your jobs more time efficient.

Keep safe and remember to follow the guidelines for manual handling.

#manualhandling #backpain #safelifting #healthandsafety

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Winter Marine Maintenance.

Hello readers. Our enthusiastic team are always striving to provide you with a massive range of high quality products.

This week we have been working hard to ensure our latest delivery of stainless steel products is of the quality we accept and you deserve.

SecureFix Direct - A small sample of our stainless steel range.

SecureFix Direct – A small sample of our stainless steel range.

We are adding new products daily, giving you even more choice when looking for that essential part.

As this years summer is now over, many boats will be taken from the water and dry docked in preparation for winter maintenance. The checking of engines, repainting of hulls, replacement of worn or damaged fittings and fixtures, will form part of the servicing.

SecureFix Direct - Boats in drydock ready for maintenace to begin.

SecureFix Direct – Boats in Dry Dock ready for maintenance to begin.

We know when it comes to your pride and joy, only the best will suffice. Should your boat need a little ‘TLC’, we are confident that we can provide something to help you restore your boat to its former glory.

Whether you require a new cleat, anchor or boat hook, our range of stainless steel will help give your boat that prestige look, whilst giving you the added benefit of excellent corrosion resistance.

SecureFix Direct - Stainless Steel ladders give your boat that expensive look.

SecureFix Direct – Stainless Steel ladders give your boat that expensive look.

We don’t just supply stainless steel products. Our range also includes a variety of switch panels, bilge pumps, float switches and navigation lights to name a few.

We hope you enjoy the off season and look forward to seeing the marinas full of fresh looking boats & yachts for 2018.

#yacht #narrowboat #marina #drydock #maintenance #prideandjoy #marine #stainlesssteel

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Ophelia’s Stormy Aftermath With Potentially More To Come…..

Welcome readers. We hope this blog finds you safe and well. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected. We are still reeling in the aftermath of the destruction Ex-Hurricane Ophelia caused.

SecureFix Direct - Ex-Hurricane Ophelia Rips Off Roofs.

SecureFix Direct – Ex-Hurricane Ophelia Rips Off Roofs.

The worst hit areas were Ireland and western parts of Scotland and Wales, causing three fatalities in Ireland, and an estimated damage cost just shy of one billion pounds.

The cost of cleanup operations to rectify the damage will inevitably push that figure even higher. This makes Ophelia one of the most costly storms ever to hit the UK & Ireland.

If you thought that the bad weather is behind us, you would likely be wrong. We are predicted another potential Autumnal storm already this weekend. The storm is not yet named, but is predicted to be strong enough for the Met Office to name this storm “Brian”.

Here at SecureFix Direct we supply a vast array of equipment to help you. From clean up from Ophelia, or preparations for potential future storms such as storm “Brian”, we are sure to have something to help.

SecureFix Direct - Damage And Disruption As Trees Are Ripped Out Of The Ground.

SecureFix Direct – Damage And Disruption As Trees Are Ripped Out Of The Ground.

Examples of the destruction caused include uprooted trees, fallen power lines, collapsed buildings & broken fences.

Below are some examples of how SecureFix Direct can help you to alleviate issues caused by Autumnal storms.

SecureFix Direct - Our 5400KG Rope Hoist For Moving Those Heavy Objects.

SecureFix Direct – Our 5400KG Rope Hoist For Moving Those Heavy Objects.

Wire Rope Hoists are the perfect tool to easily move bulky items, such as fallen trees to help clear paths and roads. Some of our hoists are capable of pulling over 5 ton, these will help to move particularly heavy objects.

Our tow chains are strong and versatile to help pull items out of the way with a towing vehicle.

Tarpaulin is always useful to help cover damaged roofing to help prevent water ingress.

Are you prepared for future storms?

We have a huge range of fencing equipment, to help protect and strengthen your fences. Our fence post supports, in both wedge and bolt grip variations, along with bolt cutters and spinning jennies, can help to repair or create new fencing.

SecureFix Direct - Our Range Of Fencing Equipment.

SecureFix Direct – Our Range Of Fencing Equipment.

Angle spikes, concrete “U” bolts and chain can all help keep items secure in windy conditions.

SecureFix Direct - One Of Our Couriers Working Around The Clock For Your Next Day Delivery.

SecureFix Direct – One Of Our Couriers Working Around The Clock For Your Next Day Delivery.

We also can supply all items on a next day delivery service to help you minimise any disruption.

Hopefully any damage or disruption you have experienced was minimal. We hope we can help you to clean up in the aftermath of Ophelia, likewise, to also prepare for future Autumnal & Winter Storms.

#Ophelia #StormBrian #metoffice #staysafe

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High Winds As Ex Hurricane Ophelia Hits Great Britain!

Hello readers. Major disruption is scheduled to strike Ireland and large portions of West Wales & the majority of Scotland.  This is due to a former hurricane.  Winds of 80+ mph are expected across those areas as Storm Ophelia moves in from the south west.

The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for Northern Ireland, South West Scotland and Wales, and a yellow warning for Western England, West Midlands and South West Scotland.  MetEireann have issued a Red Warning for the whole of the Republic of Ireland. All schools and colleges in Ireland & Northern Ireland will remain closed today.

With the high winds forecast there is the potential for severe damage to occur.

SecureFix Direct - Stormy seas cause havoc.

SecureFix Direct – Stormy seas cause havoc.

The usual damage to occur in high winds is to fences, which if poorly erected can be blown down easily. Power lines are also one of the first to be affected causing severe disruption.

For coastal towns the threat from high wind brings an added danger. The huge waves will create havoc and potential flooding of homes causing extensive damage.

Here at SecureFix Direct we have a huge range of equipment to help repair or even prevent potential damage.

Fence post supports are the perfect strong mounting point for your fence post, with both wedge grip and bolt grip styles now available.

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 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.
  • Repair spurs are the ideal solutions for when a rotted timber post has broken off the existing concrete base or when fencing is gale damaged. These take the hassle out of repairing fencing, simply square of the broken post and drive the repair spur down between the concrete and the old broken fence post. You will then have a solid base for refitting the old broken post or installing a new one.
SecureFix Direct - Our range of fence supports.

SecureFix Direct – Our range of fence supports.

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 all available in 3” & 4” versions. Our supports help give a strong and stable base to give great strength and durability to help stabilise your fence in high winds.

Need help to secure items down? We have a range of tethers to help keep your belongings safe.

SecureFix Direct - Our concrete in  'U' bolts.

SecureFix Direct – Our concrete in ‘U’ bolts.

Concrete in ‘U‘ Bolts create a strong tether point to help secure items down, with galvanised chain creating a strong link to keep items secure during windy conditions.

We are hopeful that the damage and disruption caused will be minimal, and people remain safe during this turbulent time.

#Ophelia #hurricaneophelia #Ireland #staysafe #MetEireann #Metoffice

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It’s Nearly Show Season – Is Your Stage Set Yet?

Welcome readers. “It’s behind you!”. Yes folks it’s that time of the year again. Panto season is nearly upon us. As we speak, theatres and pantomime groups will be beginning to design and create their sets. With some venues aleady selling tickets.

SecureFix Direct - The stage is set, it's panto time!

SecureFix Direct – The stage is set, it’s panto time!

Some of these sets and rigging can be particularly heavy and difficult to move around the stage.

This is where special rigging equipment is essential, for assisting in moving and lifting these complex fragile sets.

To help make putting on the “show” that little bit easier, here at SecureFix Direct we stock a huge range of such equipment for every type of show.

Need to move props around the stage? Our lever hoists are an ideal tool, from lifting to pulling their versatility is key to a sucessful show.

SecureFix Direct - Our lever hoists are perfect for maneuvering props around the set.

SecureFix Direct – Our lever hoists are perfect for maneuvering props around the set.

Chain blocks are perfect for lifting heavy lighting rigs, speaker systems and other essential stage equipment.

Our black round slings and shackles stealthily blend into the background whilst suspending crucial stage props and equipment.

SecureFix Direct - Our black round slings are for lifting fragile items. Its soft material prevents damage to suspended props.

SecureFix Direct – Our black round slings are for lifting fragile items. Its soft material prevents damage to suspended props.

Appropriate test certification is supplied where relevant, so you can be assured your cast and set are safe.

As the saying goes “the show must go on”, so there is no excuse to potentially delay the awaiting audience with all our products available on a next day delivery service.

Until next time, we hope you enjoy producing this years shows as much as we enjoy watching them.

 

#panto #itsShowtime #theatre #stagelighting

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An Unusual October Harvest Moon.

Hello readers. 2017 is an unusual year in astronomical terms. The Harvest Moon is the term given to the first full moon after the Autumn Equinox. This years Harvest Moon is occurring today (October 5th), what makes this event unusual is that a Harvest Moon rarely occurs in October.

SecureFix Direct - The Harvest Moon's unusual slight red glow.

SecureFix Direct – The Harvest Moon’s unusual slight red glow.

In years gone by extra light provided by the Harvest Moon helped farmers across the country complete their harvest, especially if they had poor or no working tractor lights.

Here at SecureFix Direct, we understand the pressure farmers are under to complete their harvest. Farmers and their equipment are working around the clock during this time, which puts a massive strain on themselves and their equipment.

SecureFix Direct - Working hard to keep the harvest going

SecureFix Direct – Working hard to keep the harvest going

Inefficient or failed parts can lead to massive consequences costing both time and money during the most important time of the agricultural calendar.

At SecureFix Direct, we stock a huge range of agricultural equipment to help you get your crops harvested.

SecureFix Direct - An example of one of our Check Chain Stabilisers.

SecureFix Direct – An example of one of our Check Chain Stabilisers.

From implement pins and check chain stabilisers though to ball hitch pins and conversion bushes, we have something for every application.

A next day delivery option is available on all of our products, helping you to get that essential part when you need it most.

We hope you enjoy a smooth and fruitful harvest time.

#harvestmoon #AutumnEquinox #Harvest17 #madeinbritainhour

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Home Security – Protect Yourselves & Your Property.

Hello readers. This week we want to talk about home security, as in the news there has been a report of an armed man entering a nursery in Liverpool.

Fortunately nobody was harmed in the incident, but it is frightening to think about and we would like to discuss how we can keep safe with possible prevention methods.

SecureFix Direct - Police are looking for the suspect involved in the nursery incident.

SecureFix Direct – Police are looking for the suspect involved in the nursery incident.

Here are some top police tips to help keep your home secure:

  • Install good outside lighting.
  • Make sure the fences around your garden are in good condition.
  • Secure bikes at home by locking them to an immovable object inside a locked shed or garage.
  • Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property.
  • Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property i.e. trim high hedges.
  • Use high grade security chain on fences and gates.

Here at SecureFix Direct, keeping ourselves and our families safe are a top priority.

The easiest way is to prevent any unwanted visitors gaining access.

We are able to supply a huge range of security items to help keep you and your property safe.

This can be done in several ways, the most common being a bolt and padlock, simple yet effective.

SecureFix Direct - Hardened padlocks to keep you safe.

SecureFix Direct – Hardened padlocks to keep you safe.

It is vital we take steps to always ensure ourselves and our families are protected whatever the scenario.

Remember to always lock the door whether you’re in or out. When answering the door use a security chain or peep hole to see who it is without allowing them easy access.

We have various security chains available, which can be supplied in a wide range of sizes to suit your application.

SecureFix Direct - Here is an example of our tough case hardened Gold Finish Security Chain.

SecureFix Direct – Here is an example of our tough case hardened Gold Finish Security Chain.

We hope these tips help and give you some more ideas on keeping safe in these turbulent times.

#Liverpool #nursery #armedman #firearm #Security #homeinvasion

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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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