April 16, 2010

Paint Color on Hockey Goals

The Pro-Style Hockey Goals (HG643) are a very popular product supplied by Gourock.com, and have been for a few years.  There is a bit of helpful background information and details on both this part of the Gourock website, as well as in this previous blog article.

The 1-5/8" 18G Steel Goal Frame is very durable, and has a really nice red/orange powder-coating finish - which is quite resilient to regular use and wear.  However, after many months/years of use, some people may want to 'refurbish' the visual appearance of their goal framing, due to general abrasion, impacts, movements/storage, or similar situations.  So we just wanted to pass-along a helpful tip that was researched by the inventory/production manager regarding a nice solution for re-painting the steel frames.  A near exact-match for the red/orange coloring for the framing is readily available, and here are the details:
  • Brand: Valspar
  • Store: Lowes
  • Color: Cherry # 65014
  • Product description: Premium Enamel
  • Finish: Gloss
  • Interior/Exterior
Here's a reference image to aid in your sourcing, if needed (it's the can on the left):

So if for any reason you want to re-paint your goal framing seasonally, or simply due to lots of use and wear, hopefully this helps out!

-Joshua Grzyb @ www.gourock.com

April 9, 2010

"Riblines" and Netting Panels

Taking a look through many of the custom netting panels and barrier nets that are facilitated by Gourock, you'll notice the use of "riblines" running through many of them.  The term "ribline" refers to the installation of an additional support rope that is sewn-in to the interior area of the netting panel.  This technique is great for specialty nets that require additional netting connections (to cables, framing, or existing structure) due to their overall sizing or weight.  Sometimes, they are installed through the netting panels in order to create a 'corner' attachment point for a netting panel that will be running up a vertical wall, and then over a ceiling area.  Whatever the situation may be, the use of riblines is quite common and in many times very recommended for long-term durability of the netting product.

As is quite common for most any large netting panel production, the perimeter edges of the mesh itself will typically have a rope border installed (sewn-in) to finish-off the product, and to provide strong attachment points for the installation.  5/16" Dacron® rope (3200 lb./test) is the most commonly supplied rope bordering material provided on Gourock.com supplied nets.  This is also the same rope that riblines are created from, so you can be assured that all connection points during the netting panel installation have the same visual appearance as well as strength characteristics.

In the 4 images below, you can view 4 netting productions that feature riblines in their design.  Each of these nets was facilitated by Gourock and shipped out to the customers within the last 8 weeks.

The following 2 diagrams display barrier netting panels that have both vertically and horizontally installed riblines in them.  The most particular reason for the use of the riblines on these productions is their sheer physical size and weight.  Both nets are over 4,000 square feet in area, and were being installed in permanent outdoor applications.  In order to have a dependable amount of resistance against wind, and to line-up with the contractor's cables/poles, the combination of the vertical and horizontal riblines was a perfect solution for dependability.  These were both commercial installations at public venues.
The following diagram shows a series of netting panels that were constructed as ceiling nets over the top of an existing fencing structure.  These nets have a few unique features in them, including square mesh construction (which is great for horizontally installed netting panels), "Diamond-Shield" antifoulant dipping, and riblines running in both directions.  For this particular installation, the use of the Dacron® rope riblines was to provide attachment points for divider nets and impact panels.

-Josh Grzyb @ www.gourock.com

The fourth diagram that is shown below, demonstrates a barrier netting panel that was being installed at a private residence, in order to protect the property from balls from the nearby golf course fairway.  In this instance, the vertical rope riblines were installed at specific intervals to line-up with the installation poles that the netting was being installed between.  The top edge of the panel, as well as both sides are all Dacron® rope-bordered as well.  However, the bottom side was provided without a border installed, as the customer had a unevenly sloping property grade - and preferred to trim-off the excess mesh to match the slope once the netting was installed within the poles.

April 8, 2010

Tee Box Protective Barrier Netting

One of the more common applications that golf courses and golfing facilities have for golf barrier netting is for protection around tee boxes, ranges, and parking lots.  There are quite a few ways that a barrier netting installation can be accomplished, and sometimes the nets require customized tapers or angles to fit the customer's requirements.

Below you can see the images of the preexisting framing that required replacement netting.  The nets that had been up there were no longer functional, and the framing needed to be outfitted with new nets.  The purpose of the netting was to aid in the blocking of errant shots to protect people within the tee box range area, the parking lot, and the golf cart pickup zone.  Some of the characteristics required were:
  • resilience to long-term UV and weather exposure
  • ability to block glancing shots
  • minimal visual appearance
  • ease-of-use for lacing to the existing framing
  • ability to custom shape to match the unique dimensions
A perfect match to satisfy all of these requirements was the #12 X 1" (116 lb./twine) DuPont type 66-728 tarred nylon netting.  It features a tar coating that completely covers the twisted-knotted mesh construction, ensuring maximum protection from exposure to UV and the outdoor elements.  This particular tarred 1" nylon netting from Gourock carries a 7 year UV Warranty (prorated).  A great benefit of nylon netting is that it inherently has very strong tensile strength without bulking-up a lot of physical material on the twines.  So a relatively thin twine like the #12 (1.7mm) still provides a dependable 116 lb./twine tensile strength.  That characteristic, combined with the black color and 1" mesh size, results in fantastic golf barrier protection with minimum visual properties.  And since Gourock.com can provide custom dimensions and tapers, the unique dimensions and tapers/angles were no problem at all.

This golf course facility required 26 of the custom nets to match their existing frames.  All nets were facilitated and out the door quickly, and ready for installation and years of dependability.  Below you can view the diagram of the nets provided, followed by customer images of the frames that required the new nets.

-Josh Grzyb @ www.gourock.com

April 7, 2010

Customized Golf Cage Netting

Golf cage nets and golf netting installations are oftentimes supplied with some relatively standard/common net sizes and dimensions.  However, in many instances the particular area or space requires some very customized features, shapes, and measurements.  Utilizing the DuPont® type-66-728 knotted nylon netting, custom golf cage nets are routinely manufactured and supplied for a wide-range of unique customers.  There are some really great examples of some past netting constructions on the Gourock.com site here.  In one recent job, which you can see below, notice that there are all kinds of interesting aspects to the end-product.  This netting cage/enclosure was constructed with the #21 X 3/4" (241 lb./twine) knotted nylon netting, which is most preferred for high-abrasion golf applications - especially for impact panel nets.  All of the edges on this production are bordered with the 5/16" Dacron® rope (3200 lb./test).

Because of the location and installation area that this netting was required to be suspended within, there are quite of few notable features to check out:
  • tapered height from the front end to the back
  • tapered netting width down the left-hand side
  • 3' overlapping netting entrance door for easy entry
  • "wide-mouth" hitting end funneling down to a narrower containment end
And although all of the walls/ceiling on this custom golf net production were already constructed with the heavy-duty #21 X 3/4" knotted nylon, it's always highly recommended to utilize a secondary layer of impact netting that hangs inside the enclosure at the back wall, which has the purpose of absorbing the majority of the impacts and wear.  So you can see the secondary 11' X 10.5' impact net noted on there, which greatly enhances the overall durability of the installation by reinforcing the area of the golf net that is primarily hit into.

-Josh Grzyb @ www.gourock.com

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