September 16, 2016

Hardware & Accessories for Netting Installation to Tensioned Cables

Gourock.com offers a good selection of cabling hardware and associated products used for hanging and installing netting from a tensioned cable.  Spanning a steel cable between rigid posts/structures, tightening the cable so it is level, and then clipping the edging of the netting panels to that cable is a very classic and functional approach to barrier netting installations.  It's also a popular method for batting cage netting installations, and for nets that are dividing courts, protecting ceilings, or when the netting needs to slide back-and-forth on the wire (curtain-style).
There is some general context and guidance on this method available on this page of the Gourock website, as well as throughout this company blog, and on this available video.

As you are doing your research into netting installation, we offer these individual video spotlights for each particular component of a tensioned cable installation, and each of these products are available to source right here at Gourock.com

3/8" Turnbuckles:
Swaging Tool w/Cutter:
Galvanized Steel Snap Hooks:
3/16" Aluminum Sleeves:
3/16" Cable Cutter:
3/16" Cable Clamps:
3/16" Aircraft Cable:
Bungee Ball Attachment Straps:


-Josh Grzyb @ www.gourock.com

September 13, 2016

Installing Cable & Hardware for Barrier Netting, Sports Nets, & Netting Panels VIDEO

Barrier nets and netting panels are often hung and suspended from wires and cables.  This is a typical netting installation technique for golf barrier netting, baseball and sports stadium protective nets, soccer/basketball/volleyball barrier netting, bird nets, leaf and debris netting, warehouse rack nets, golf nets, and most any general use or multipurpose netting application.

This video is a helpful guideline provided by Gourock.com that provides a general idea of how to approach a cable installation for your netting job.  Shown in this presentation is a typical cable installation, with an attached netting panel, all demonstrated on a smaller scale for reference.

Demonstrated is the the use, placement, and assembly tips for the following cabling hardware materials:
3/16" galvanized aircraft cable
3/16" cable clamps
3/16" aluminum sleeves
3/8" turnbuckles
5/16" galvanized snap-hooks
bungee ball straps
eyebolts for steel posts and wood posts

Most of these materials are readily available at our Gourock.com online store, along with a very wide selection of netting products and barrier nets.



-Josh Grzyb @ www.gourock.com

10' X 10' Golf Barrier Netting - Gourock Customer Review


At Gourock.com we really enjoy receiving photos and installation examples of the netting products that we supply and ship.  Here is a recent example of a golf barrier netting and poles that were supplied to a residential customer, with his notes on customization preferences he made while completing his project.  The netting featured is the #12 X 1" DuPont® knotted nylon netting, with 5/16" polyester rope bordering.  The vertical poles are Gourock 10' Steel Poles with Ground Anchors.

Thank you very much for your business and your feedback Mr. Humpton - we appreciate it very much and your report on your experience is very helpful for us, as well as other people doing research into barrier netting options!

10' x 10' panel system for golf ball protection

I just wanted you to know I love my 10 x 10 netting system.
Everything is awesome except I am a linear type of person :(
So, since the support poles have play in them and where leaning in up
to 8 inches I had to fix the problem.
I went out and bought a top rail for a black chain link fence and the
mounting harware. It was a little too big for your poles but worked
out great with some modification. This might be something you think
about offering for customers like myself that dont want that leaning
in look.
I have attached some photos.


Sincerely
J. Humpton
Very happy customer !!!


April 26, 2016

Custom Netting for Commercial Sports Training Facilities

Throughout the years, Gourock.com has supplied many commercial sports training facilities and businesses with their barrier and protective nets.  Ranging from new upstart regional businesses, to large established sports training firms, Gourock has the capability to quote, manufacture, and ship custom nets for each unique installation.  There are quite a few examples of different sports facility nets that we have supplied over the years throughout this company blog and on the Gourock.com site - but here is another interesting example from the last month that may help you during your research into protective sports netting and the custom netting options that are available to you.

Netting that is being installed at locations that are expected to be subjected to an increased amount of abrasion have a few characteristics to consider.  Specifically - thicker netting twines are recommended for commercial establishments since those sorts of locations have an expectation that there will be lots of continuous users, resulting in a pretty consistent amount traffic and impact on the netting.  As opposed to a lot of the netting that is used for general barrier and protective purposes, the nets that are installed at high-traffic training facilities for the same purposes are continuously subjected to various high-intensity impacts and wear-and-tear due to the amount of people and drills occurring within the facility every day.  So for instance, a general protective barrier net that is surrounding a field or a set of bleachers is expected to be impacted intermittently, and those nets are there to contain balls and protect property and spectators.  In contrast, the barrier nets at a sports facility will function for those same purposes - but also are utilized for other close-range and high-impact uses as well.  For instance, soft-toss training for baseball and softball players.  Or also for golf driving and hitting practice or drills (if the facility specializes in golf).  Basically, since commercially-oriented training establishments generally want to be able to get the most overall use from their netting, the thicker netting twines really aid in dependably providing a double-duty job (general containment/safety, as well as close-range impact uses).

Here is a recent example of a series of custom nets that were manufactured and shipped out to a training facility in Ohio that concentrates on high school athletes performing a wide variety of sports including baseball, softball, football, soccer, lacrosse, and golf.  So there were certain areas of their facility that they preferred the heavy-duty golf impact netting to take-care of all of the expected sports (since golf netting will also block/contain all of the larger objects as well), whereas there were some areas that were only to be geared towards the larger impact objects (basically everything larger than a golf ball).  And since this sort of netting installation calls for the thicker materials for the higher abrasion that comes with high traffic usage, the recommended materials for this project were the #21 X 3/4" knotted nylon netting, and the #36 X 1-3/4" knotted nylon netting.  These are both DuPont® type 66-728 twisted-knotted nylon netting constructions, black in coloring, and built diamond mesh pattern with 5/16" Dacron® (polyester) rope borders sewn-in around the perimeter.

In addition to the considerations of high abrasion/traffic and the multipurpose usage of the netting, there were also customized features integrated into the actual finished netting panels themselves.  For instance, as you can see from the fabrication drawings below, there are several notes and identifiers that make these netting productions unique to this particular location specifically:

  • custom dimensions for all of the different finished netting panels
  • polyester rope riblines installed within the area of the netting to line-up with the angles and connection points of the building's walls and ceiling taper locations
  • weighted rope bottom edges (leadline bottom ropes)
  • overlapping netting entrance door areas built to line-up with existing doors at the facility
In all, this production resulted in 13 custom nylon netting panels that are all being installed in specific locations of this sports training facility to make the area functional not just for the intended sports, but also for the nets to match well within the space and building itself.  

As you are doing your research into containment, protective, barrier, and impact netting for your own sports training facility - feel free to contact Gourock.com with your requests or goals and we can take a look and get a netting quote together for you!

-Josh Grzyb @ www.gourock.com

March 24, 2016

Baseball & Softball Field Backtop Stadium Netting

Barrier nets and protective netting panels are generally considered pretty imperative components of a baseball or softball field construction.  For instance, barrier netting is used to block and protect spectators from foul balls, and is installed around the perimeter of the outfield fence to contain home run balls within the playing area (avoiding hitting vehicles or pedestrians outside of the complex).  Other very necessary and popular netting installations at baseball fields is the containment and barrier netting used on backstops.  Using Gourock.com you can source the right baseball and softball backstop and barrier netting for your field and/or backstop construction.  Gourock supplies custom nylon nets that are prepared and shipped to you according to most any particular dimensions that you require.  There are convenient online netting calculators on the site that are used to efficiently and quickly price and order custom nets, with a few different construction features to consider.

Baseball and softball barrier netting is generally recommended to be the 1-3/4" knotted nylon netting, with a 5/16" polyester rope bordering sewn-in around the perimeter edges.  There are a couple of recommended twine thicknesses to consider, which are the #21 (2.0mm) and the #36 (2.5mm).  The reasons for these selections and features are:
  • 1-3/4" mesh size is the best match for baseball/softball impacts, while still remaining as large as possible to minimize the visual nature of the material when hanging.
  • The rope bordering significantly reinforces and strengthens the edges of the netting panel, allowing for dependable connections to the installation cables/wires/tubing/etc. for the long-haul.
  • The two different twine thicknesses allow for a choice between more general-use barrier installations and more high-abrasion installations.  For instance, the #21 is great for foul-line nets - whereas the #36 is great for the backstop nets.
  • All materials are black, bonded against moisture, and UV stabilized for full-time outdoor installations for many years.
Often, baseball field barrier nets and backstop nets require some additional custom features to be integrated into their design as well.  For instance, there are many instances noted on our Gourock site and this company blog of netting panels that require shapes or tapered edges.  Also very typical for custom nets that are being installed at sports facilities is a construction add-on known as a "rope riblines".  These are additional 5/16" polyester ropes that run through the inner area of the netting, in addition to running along the entire perimeter of the mesh.  Riblines are reinforcement features - meaning, they are added to the netting to line-up with the structural elements that the material is being connected to (wires, cables, tubing, poles, railings, etc.).  At Gourock.com we often see nets with riblines being sourced by commercial organizations, schools/municipalities, universities, and other larger-scale netting installations that put a premium value on maximizing the ease-of-use and overall longterm durability of the overall netting installation.

Here is a great example from a couple of weeks ago that demonstrates exactly this sort of netting supply.  This is a large backstop net produced for a school district in Texas for an outdoor installation.  They opted for the thicker netting material, #36 X 1-3/4" twisted-knotted DuPont type 66-728 nylon, as well as a series of both vertical and horizontal rope riblines running through the netting to make their attachments and connections to the existing backstop structure (as well as perimeter ropes around the edges).  And in addition to that, two of the netting panels also incorporate tapered edges to line-up with the guy-wire cables that are also already existing at the location as well.
If you have something along these lines that you'd like to get a quote on, feel free to forward your request through our contact page and we can assist!

-Josh Grzyb @ www.gourock.com

February 18, 2016

Custom Nylon Golf Hitting Nets and Golf Cage Netting

Golf impact netting and golf cage nets are often sourced by commercial training facilities and sports centers in order to offer their clients a dependable location for golf driving and hitting practice.  Golf netting is also very, very popular for private and residential users as well - and often our private-use customers opt to use the same types of materials and designs as what are supplied to pro-shops, organizations, and commercial golf centers.  Most of the time these sorts of golf nets require customized considerations regarding the sizing, shape, and design features of the finished product.

With Gourock.com you can use the online calculators to price and purchase golf impact netting to most any particular dimensions that you require for your project.  The most recommended and strongest netting option for golf is the #21 X 3/4" DuPont® type 66-728 twisted-knotted nylon netting.  This is a very tough material that incorporates a very high abrasion resistance along with a high tensile strength of 241 lbs./twine.  There are a couple of different approaches that are common for golf hitting nets:
  1. Golf Impact Netting Panels, which are 2-dimensional nets that are ordered and fabricated to whatever particular height X width required.  These are built from the #21 X 3/4" knotted nylon netting, and they have a couple of different ways of being finished/bordered.  Here is the online calculator location for these on the Gourock site: http://www.gourock.com/golf-impact.html
  2. Golf Cage Nets, which are 3-dimensional netting products that feature the sides/end/ceiling all seamed together (rope bordered) and are ready to hang or suspend within your installation framing structure or ceiling cables.  These are built from the 3/4" knotted nylon netting in either the thick #21 material, or there is also a lighter-wieght #15 twine to consider as well.  Here is the online calculator location for custom golf cage nets on the Gourock site: http://www.gourock.com/golfcages.html
Sports training facilities and golf practice areas will often decide to go with extra-large golf cage nets in order to maximize their hitting space, and to offer a larger volume of area to be swinging away in.  A pretty typical or conventional size for a golf cage net is about 10' high X 10' wide X 10' deep - and at Gourock.com we have great options for these as well.  However in this next example you'll see that the sports facility that had this recent custom golf net produced wanted to go with quite a bit more size and volume for their intended use.

Advantage Fitness in Lancaster, NY recently required a custom golf cage net that was being installed underneath a series of tensioned cables within their indoor training space.  Here is a great newspaper article about the business if you'd like some good background on their operation.
For this net, what they wanted to do was go for an extra large golf cage net that they could slide back-and-forth on their cables to get it out of the way for when the space was being utilized for other purposes.  Also - the large size of it would allow for more ball flight and more opportunities for multi-person use if needed.  And through Gourock it is possible for both of these characteristics to be handled without any issue at all.
First of all, nylon is a very user-friendly material that condenses down quite easily to smaller spaces (for storage, or sliding on cables), so the installation technique on wires is really functional with the knotted nylon netting material.  And also, we can integrate additional ropes or connection lines running through the mesh if needed.  These extra ropes are very helpful for clipping to cables with hooks, and where you often see these being added to the design (on larger golf cage nets like this one) is right down the middle section of the ceiling.
And secondly, the sizing needs are always available through Gourock.com since we specialize in the supply of custom netting!

This golf netting production for Advantage Fitness had the following unique characteristics, and you can view the images below for greater context into the netting, design, and the installation itself:
  • #21 X 3/4" knotted nylon netting
  • 12'-8" high X 15'-11" wide X 25' long
  • 5/16" polyester rope bordered on the edges, with an additional center-ceiling line running through the top
  • Secondary layer of impact netting (reinforcement netting) to layer over the entire back end-panel, 12'-8" high X 16' wide with top rope and tails
Thanks again Mark!  Great working with you, and we appreciate it!



-Josh Grzyb @ www.gourock.com

February 10, 2016

Industrial Bird Barrier Netting, Bird Exclusion and Control Nets

Gourock.com specializes in the supply of all types of customized nylon and polyester nets, that are used for a very wide variety of end-user purposes.  Aside from a lot of the athletic and general containment applications that are pretty well-associated with netting installations, there are many industrial and commercial netting applications that are very popular and necessary as well.  One of them is barrier netting for bird exclusion and aviary needs.

Bird barrier and bird exclusion netting is often required at many industrial and commercial locations such as production plants, warehouses, retention ponds, transportation depots, and storage facilities.  Depending on the amount of "blocking" coverage a particular project needs there are a variety of mesh sizes and twine thicknesses that are most applicable for bird netting installations.  For example, large retention ponds that surround airports, mining and oil operations, and heavy-industrial properties usually need a netting to act as a deterrent against larger wild birds that need to stay away from the pond contents.  So what we generally see being sourced in those instances is the 1-3/4" square mesh or 4" square mesh twisted-knotted nylon netting.
However, there are a lot of warehouse and facility installations that want to deter large birds as well as small birds, so in those cases we typically see the 1" knotted nylon netting being most preferred.
We do provide a great selection of bird barrier netting options on the Gourock site right here, and our bird netting options can be priced and ordered according to most any particular dimensions/sizes that you need.  Custom netting is our speciality!

And then, there are netting projects that not only take into account the mesh/twine considerations and the customized sizing, but also have very particular needs for the material to be fabricated to specific shapes.  For instance, here is an example from last month in which all of these factors came into play:

Client:  commercial recycling and refuse facility

Bird Netting Application:  several pavilion-style storage buildings (see image below), and wanting to deter both large and small wild birds

Netting Selection:  #18 X 1" DuPont® type 66-728 twisted-knotted nylon, diamond mesh, tar-coated, with 5/16" polyester rope bordering.  This material was selected due to it's mesh size, as well as this particular netting being extremely resilient to the elements in harsher outdoor conditions (this facility is located in Maine), and being the higher tensile strength 1" option which for maximum overall durability.

Fabrication Considerations:  very customized shape (see image below) designed to follow the contour of the pavilion roof as closely as possible.  Also, this customer wanted to allow themselves the opportunity for vehicles and personnel to pass-through the netting like a curtain - so each end of each building used two of these nets that would meet in the middle.  One net on the left, and one net on the right (mirror image).  There were 12 of these nets produced and shipped for this first phase of the job.  31' tall X 26' wide with the angled/contoured shape shown.




-Josh Grzyb @ www.gourock.com

January 5, 2016

Netting for Drones and U.A.V. Applications

With the rising popularity of drones and unmanned aerial vehicles (U.A.V.) over the last few years, there is a great need for barrier and protective netting for these units.  For many commercial, promotional, trade show, university testing, and developmental customers that specialize in drone operation and flights - barrier netting is often a required aspect of the U.A.V. operational areas.

Gourock.com specializes in the production and supply of custom nylon barrier nets for drone flight areas, and we have been shipping nets for a few years that are specifically ordered for this purpose.  There are many university research departments that require protective drone netting for their own labs and facilities - whereas there are very large consumer trade shows and promotional events that also require barrier netting for the drones that are being operated within the convention space.  And also, many new developments with the FAA are requiring not only increased requirements for registration of drones, but also increased requirements for protective barrier and safety netting for drones at airports, hangers, and commercial/recreational flight locations.

Regardless of whatever your particular use is for your drone or U.A.V. units, chances are you will eventually need to consider the installation or sourcing of barrier netting at some point.  Luckily, Gourock has great options available for you, and the nylon barrier nets are produced per-order according to any particular dimensions that you require.  You can visit this page of the Gourock store to enter your dimensions and get pricing and supply options.

Generally speaking, the most typical and recommended barrier netting options for drone uses are:
#12 X 1-3/4" knotted nylon netting
#21 X 1-3/4" knotted nylon netting
#15 X 4" knotted nylon netting
#30 X 4" knotted nylon netting

All of which we supply, and all of which we supply from the highest-quality USA produced nylon material on the market - DuPont® Type 66-728 Twisted-Knotted Nylon.
You have options of ordering bulk netting sections, or ordering the netting finished-off with a 5/16" polyester rope bordering that is woven and sewn-in around the edges of the mesh.
Bulk netting is great for general-use installations that may require the material to be cut, trimmed, or modified in some fashion as it is being installed.  Whereas the rope bordered nets are great for jobs that have the nets being clipped, hung, or installed in ways that are a bit more permanent or "set" in their sizing needs.  The extra material and strength of the rope bordering enhances the durability of the netting perimeter (considering aspects like wind, abrasion, and full-time/permanent installs) as well as increasing the ease-of-use of the netting panels as they are being installed at your location.

Free netting samples of these drone barrier netting options are always available to be mailed out for inspection if needed, and simply contact us with your mailing address to receive them!



-Josh Grzyb @ www.gourock.com

December 2, 2015

Custom Nylon Netting Golf Cage Nets and Batting Cage Nets

Gourock.com specializes in the supply of customized nylon netting productions that are constructed to most any particular dimensions that are required for your installation.  Some typical examples of custom nets are 2-dimensional barrier and protective netting panels, 2-dimensional sections of bulk netting lengths, tapered or uniquely-shaped netting panels, and also 3-dimensional custom netting enclosures.

The last product type listed (3-dimensional netting enclosures) are a very popular supply option for golf cage nets, batting cage nets, and multisport training nets that require a completely netted-off area.  Most custom enclosure nets include both side walls, both end-panels, and the ceiling netting all seamed-together with rope bordering and ready to hang/suspend within your framing structure or installation area (many times by being clipped to tensioned cables/wires).  However, since Gourock.com is able to facilitate a very wide variety of custom netting designs and options there are lots of other characteristics and features that are also available to be incorporated into the final product construction.  For instance, sometimes there are overlapping entrance doors built into the eating walls.  Other times there are additional ceiling lines or weighted-rope (leadline) bottoms sewn-in.  We have shipped out a lot of enclosure/cage nets that have an open-end, or an un-seamed/loose corner area to pass-through and enter the area.  Sometimes the overall shape has a taper or angle to it, or even something like a notched-out shape to correlate with the shape of the installation space.  We have many examples of custom cage nets and enclosure nets all throughout this company blog and also on the Gourock.com site - and the site does also include online batting cage net and golf cage net calculators for you to enter any dimensions that you prefer to have made!

Custom golf cage nets and batting cage nets are produced with the highest quality DuPont® Type 66-728 Twisted-Knotted Nylon Netting, and from a good variety of twine thicknesses and mesh sizes.  Custom nets from Gourock are 100% American Made, from the DuPont® nylon materials to the hand craftsmanship that gets them done.  Production timing is quite prompt, and pricing is very good from Gourock.com - especially for the premium nylon netting materials, products, craftsmanship, and custom options that are available to you.  Whether you are planning a custom net for a private installation, a commercial sports training business, or for a school/university/municipality purpose - feel free to contact us for a quotation!

Here are two examples from the last two weeks of custom nylon enclosure nets that we quoted, sold, produced, and shipped out.  These examples are for two completely different intended applications - but provide some good context on the different netting and construction features available to you as you do your research into custom nets!

Example 1
netting details:  #36 X 1-3/4" twisted-knotted nylon
custom features: enclosure design with expanded sizing/volume, 
3' overlapping entrance door, center-ceiling lines installed, rope bordering, weighted leadline bottom ropes, secondary layers of divider panel netting
intended use: baseball training and hitting facility


Example 2
netting details:  #21 X 3/4" twisted-knotted nylon
custom features: fully-enclosed netting design, 3' overlapping entrance door, center-ceiling line installed, rope bordering, weighted leadline bottom rope
intended use: private/residential golf driving and hitting containment

-Josh Grzyb @ www.gourock.com

November 5, 2015

Customer Feedback on Custom Nylon Netting for Railings

The nylon netting that we have available at Gourock.com is prepared per-order, so it allows you to have the material produced to most any particular dimensions that you require for your project.  Which is very helpful, since there are so many unique projects and applications for nylon nets!  Most people are relatively familiar with some of the most common uses for nylon netting, for instance golf barrier installations, sports stadiums/arenas, and gymnasiums.  However there are hundreds of multipurpose netting applications that we supply products for.   Since the nylon nets are strong, dependable, and fabricated with the highest quality materials and craftsmanship - they are well suited to be used in a wide variety of unique ways.

Generally speaking, the most typical netting that Gourock.com supplies for most customized projects is the DuPont® Type 66-728 Twisted-Knotted Nylon Netting.  The reason for this is because that netting option has a pretty large selection of mesh sizes and twine thicknesses to select from, can be built and prepared to specified dimensions, is very user-friendly, and is a robust choice for both outdoor and indoor installations.  In fact, you can use Gourock's online netting calculator to enter your own preferred sizing and then review the different options and pricing.  And you can place the order right through the site as well, so it is very convenient for anyone seeking multipurpose netting for their projects.

A customer from earlier this spring just emailed over some great feedback and photos of his custom netting installation, and it is a nice example of something unique and functional that made a big difference on their property.  The netting in this case is one of our most popular selections for general multipurpose applications - the #21 X 1-3/4" knotted nylon netting with 5/16" rope bordering sewn-in around the edges.

Thank you again for your appreciated business and feedback Dennis!

I don’t know if you get much customer feedback or not. I thought I would let you know that my project turned out wonderful. We have safely protected all the little kids from falling over the seawall on the river, and at the same time, we preserved the view with the netting. I have received numerous compliments. Attached are a couple of pics. Feel free to use me in your marketing as an example of a happy and well satisfied customer.

Kind regards
Dennis D




-Josh Grzyb @ www.gourock.com

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