Just when we thought we had seen it all

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It seems that everyone’s importing and selling temporary fencing. During our travels, we spotted this Auckland temporary fencing, purchased from one of the major building / DIY companies.

I guess because of the power of their brand, it was assumed that the temporary fence system would meet safety standards and be a practical, durable solution. Based on our industry experience over the last ten years, it doesn’t even come close!

The below photos are a great example to highlight the features to check when choosing your next temporary fence hire or purchase.

Temp Fence Frame

The 25mm OD frame is not strong enough, evident by the number of panels that were already bent. GHL only use 32mm OD frames with a wall thickness of 2mm, this prevents bending and ensures the fence can be used over and again.


The user has had to bolt wooden feet to the supplied 300mm x 100mm steel feet as they didn’t give the fence stability. This action has now created a larger gap under the fence deeming it non-compliant. Our temp fence feet are made of hot dipped galvanised with a thickness of 10mm. They weigh 8.5kg each and their substantial size holds up and stabilises the fence.

Support Stays

The pictured support stays are too light and they don’t have the capability to add weight to them so they serve no practical purpose. The GHL support stays or bracing have a 2mm wall thickness, are hot dipped galvanised after manufacture with a 12mm thick base plate and include a 10mm gusset plate for additional strength.

Galvanising and Welding

The galvanising and treatment of the welds is not up to standard, shown by the rust. The GHL Temp Fence products are guaranteed to be a min of 42 microns of galvanising to prevent rusting and to add strength to the finished product.


Clamps are used to hold each panel together. The clamps in the photo are pressed and are only 2mm thick which will bend when tightened and are not suitable for repeated use. The GHL clamps are specially moulded 4mm hot dipped galvanised, designed for long life and multiple use.

The part that saddens me the most is that this fence would not have cost much less than buying or hiring a quality temp fence system!

Still need some help deciding whether to buy or hire your temporary fencing? GHL can provide quotes for both temporary fence hire and sales, so you can make an informed, cost-effective decision. Call us now on 0800TempFence or visit www.GHLTempFence.co.nz

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