Domino Clamps

How to attach temporary fence panels to a shipping container

How to install and use Domino Clamps on a shipping container. Blog header image

This is another useful application for our tube clamp Bolt-ons. Using a pair of  42mm tube clamps, this guide will show you how to seal off gaps in temporary fencing by terminating the final panel against a shipping container so that nobody can break through by moving the end of the last panel out of its block. 

Some background info about fence panels.


Temporary steel mesh fencing, often called heras fencing (and with any multitude of misspellings; Harris, herris, etc) after one of the leading player in the industry, are modular tube framed, wire mesh fence panels which can be quickly erected to create temporary secure areas at events, workplaces and construction sites. The outside tube of the frame is typically around 38mm diameter, and using simple double tube clips like the one pictured below, are joined one after the other to create a fence to the length required.  With the ability to place each panel at an angle, this makes for an enormously versatile and practical short term fencing solution. 


temporary fencing panels and a fence panel clip


Weak points in mobile fencing 

However, while separating two fence panels to create a gap to pass through requires undoing two of these fence clips with a spanner, anyone trying to pass by one of these fences will look immediately to the final panel in the run, which may be attached to nothing at all, and can simple move it out of the way by lifting it out of its block. 

Solving the problem with Domino Clamps

In circumstances where these fence panels might be able to terminate next to a shipping container or some other containerised unit, such as a containerised generator, you can easily create a solid mounting point that the final fence panel can clip to and close off the gap. 


Comparison image shoing the difference between attaching a fence panel to a container with domino clamps, and without.

Three different sizes of palm railing style clamp in our shop allow you to clamp a vertical steel or aluminum tube vertically up the side of a container. In this case, the 38mm tube of the fence panels is exactly halfway between two sizes of tube clamp; 42mm and 34mm diameter. We have tried with both, and find that the fence panel clips work better with the larger size of 42mm tube.

 

Two 42mm palm railing tube clamps for fixing a steel tube to a shipping container



Instructions

>You will need:

*These 3 items are available as a set. Please quote order code: DBO-TC-PR-42-002



Method


Pick any two holes on the shipping container, one directly above the other and secure a Domino Clamp in each one. For anyone totally new to Domino Clamps, you can see full and detailed instructions on how to do that in this installation guide here


The tube clamps will bolt straight onto the Domino Clamp with the bolts provided, so this can be done on first on the bottom one, and then on the top. If the top tube clamp is not bored through, then this one will need to go upside down, and you’ll need to make sure your tube is cut exactly the right size.

A close up of the Domino and tube clamp assembly at the bottom of the fence panel.


If your top clamp is bored through, please follow our easy step by step video on how to install long scaffolding poles safely with just one person


Once the vertical tube is in place, make sure all the bolts and grub screws are done up tight, and now you have a secure pole to clip the tube of your fence panel onto using your normal clips. 

A fence panel securely terminated against a shipping container.

Please let us know in the comments how this works for you, and if you come across any brands of fence panelling that perhaps use different size tubing, and we will keep this page up to date with such information.

Needless to say, this bar could have multiple other uses, and the same method can be used to attach a vertical 48mm tube or a vertical 34mm tube.

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