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Alan Drury

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Post Mon Mar 25, 2013 12:16 pm

Banner spec for roadspan banner

I've been asked to quote for a double sided banner which is to be fixxed accross the high street of our local town to advertise a local event and although I will not be fixing it I suspect it will need to be a fairly sturdy banner. Has anybody here done anything similar and any advice on the specification of the material - size is approx 5m X 1m
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Post Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:38 pm

Alan, I can't give you a spec/name for a particular material, but certainly strong and reinforced! I've seen a good many of these go in tatters - often due to the way they have been strung up.

My advice would be not to use the eyes as the load bearing fixings. Instead, lace the ropes throught he eyes and let the rope take the strain. Use a few cable ties throught the eyes to fix the banner to the rope so it doeasn't slide along the ropes. Another way is to get the banner made with hems top and bottom, and thread the ropes through the hems. Also make sure the rope anchor points are sufficiently strong to hold it against a storm.
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Post Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:55 pm

I was think pole pockets anyway it was more the type/weight of pvc. Venture banners have no spec thay said they just print what they're told.
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Post Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:59 pm

We used to get all these larger (over road) banners made by a local company who make curtain sides, tarps etc. They have various strengths and we always took their advice dependent on size and location etc.
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Post Mon Mar 25, 2013 2:08 pm

NeilRoss wrote:Another way is to get the banner made with hems top and bottom, and thread the ropes through the hems.


that's the way I done a 146' meter banner sewed the rope in then bungeed through the eyelets, banner was not going anywhere :D

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Post Mon Mar 25, 2013 2:16 pm

Nicola McIntosh wrote:
NeilRoss wrote:Another way is to get the banner made with hems top and bottom, and thread the ropes through the hems.


that's the way I done a 146' meter banner sewed the rope in then bungeed through the eyelets, banner was not going anywhere :D

nik


Well we've done some (what I thought was) monster ones over the years - usually for oil rigs - but 146' - you're waaaaayyyyyyy ahead of me there Nik! :o :D
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Post Mon Mar 25, 2013 3:02 pm

Hi Alan

I havn't used them for this type of banner but I know that Boldscan
mention road span banners in their catalogue and on their website.

In particular they refer to the type of wire being used having to meet
certain standards. I expect other banner manufacturers will provide
similar.

Cheers

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Post Mon Mar 25, 2013 7:48 pm

From what I have been led to believe they have to comply with LOLER
http://www.hse.gov.uk/work-equipment-ma ... /loler.htm

as Chris has mentioned Boldscan do a road span banner that meets the requirements. Not used any banner suppiers for a long time but never had any problems dealing with Boldscan
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Post Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:20 pm

Our town has two steel ropes strung across the main street that stay permanently in place, they are about one and a half meters apart, one above the other. They are there to facilitate banners for town events.
I regularly print double sided banners from starflex blockout banner vinyl (I think it is 680gsm) measuring 8 meters by 900mm. I get them stitched up locally with eyelets every half meter.
The local electricity lines company install them, using beefy cable ties. They simply tie each eyelet to the steel cable, top and bottom, which takes all the strain.
They do insist I cut wind-shedding smileys every meter, the benefits of which are debatable, actually if ever there is a rip due to a storm, it always starts with these cuts.
But the steel wires have held over more than a decade. I would not install one of these banners with anything less than steel cables properly anchored to a very strong wall each end. This part, however, is outside my experience.
I would have a professional engineer design the fixings and specify the cable if I had to organise that part of it.
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Post Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:27 pm

If it's double sided you'd be best with a blockout banner. I have used Spandex Blockout which is really heavy (IIRC 750gsm), prints well too. I'm fairly lucky as I have trounce only down the road who finish all our banners that need more than banner tape.

Only trouble with it is I haven't used it since I print 3 wind breakers! :cry:
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Post Tue Mar 26, 2013 9:48 am

A lot of councils now insist on using mesh banners if its to be hung across the road, so it maybe wise to check on whats specs are allowed.
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Post Tue Mar 26, 2013 4:50 pm

Ive done similar and Simon has the theory pretty much spot on, maybe using mesh as opposed to a solid banner with wind flaps might work better. The ones ive seen installed have been done with some from of metal cable loop rather than cable ties (plastic) attaching the banner to the upper and lower support cables.

John :D
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Post Tue Mar 26, 2013 5:20 pm

anything like this
we run 3mm catenary wire through the hem with gripple fixings
at the end and cable ties through the eyelets as extra tie points
mesh banner if you can helps. never been asked to cut wind flaps

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