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Fences: What Does a Guitar Have to Do with It?

Hello everyone, I'm Marco from Fenceshop, the e-commerce of Rete Plastic. Today, I want to talk to you about tension wires for fences, using a curious analogy with guitar strings. Before getting into the details, let me tell you a short story that happened to me recently during an inspection at a sports center.

The Inspection

A few days ago, I was called for an inspection at a sports center. The client wanted to replace some tension wires, rather than the mesh itself. On site, I noticed that although the mesh was robust and the posts were in good condition, many tension wires had snapped, compromising the entire fence. This led me to reflect on the nature of tension wires and to draw a parallel with guitar strings.

Tension Wires and Guitar Strings

Tension wires in a fence are similar to guitar strings. Both are made of steel materials and are always under tension. Moreover, both the guitar strings and the tension wires use a mechanism to adjust tension: for the guitar, it's the ratchet, while for tension wires it's the tensioner. Just as guitar strings can break due to stress and wear, tension wires can snap for various reasons such as excessive tension, external stress, or simply age-related wear.

Tips for Replacing Tension Wires

During the inspection, I noted a fundamental error: plastic-coated tension wires had been used in a sporting context with robust mesh. This type of wire is not suitable for situations with high stress like a sports center. The best solution is to use steel cables, which are much more resistant to stress.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Steel Cables

Steel cables have several advantages:

  • They have a tension capacity of up to 1400 kg, making them extremely strong.
  • They are made up of many small internal wires, which make them less prone to breakage.

However, they also have some disadvantages:

  • The cost is significantly higher than regular tension wires.
  • The installation is more complex and requires more time.
  • The visual impact may be less appealing.

Despite the cons, steel cables ensure greater durability and superior resistance, making them ideal for sports facilities and situations with high stress.

Conclusions and Final Tips

For residential fences, where the stress is minimal, tension wires are sufficient. However, for sports facilities or situations with high stress, steel cables are the best choice. It's important not to underestimate the importance of tension wires, as their breakage can compromise the entire fence, making it vulnerable to further damage.

I hope these tips were helpful. I invite you to visit our website to discover all our products, from tension wires to steel cables. Thank you for your attention and see you in the next video!

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